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Index to our previous shows

  • Shows from December, 2002
  • Shows from November, 2002
  • October 20, 2002 - Kevin J. Anderson
  • Shows from September, 2002
  • Shows from August, 2002
  • Shows from July, 2002
  • Shows from June, 2002
  • Shows from May, 2002
  • Shows from April, 2002
  • Shows from March, 2002
  • Shows from February, 2002
  • Shows from January, 2002
  • Shows from December 2001
  • Shows from November, 2001
  • Shows from October, 2001
  • Shows from September, 2001
  • Shows from August, 2001
  • Shows from July, 2001
  • Shows from June, 2001
  • Shows from May, 2001
  • Shows from April, 2001
  • Shows from March, 2001
  • Shows from February, 2001
  • Shows from January, 2001
  • Shows from November - December, 2000
  • Shows from September - October, 2000
  • Shows from July - August, 2000

  • Kevin J. Anderson

    On Sunday - October 20th, 2002 - our guest was Kevin J. Anderson, an author who is as talented as he is prolific. We had a chance to sit and chat with him for a while at WorldCon in San Jose a few weeks ago and it was, like always, great fun. But I don't know if you realize just how dangerous that was. I mean, Kevin sat a talked for almost an hour and didn't write one word for a new story. By the time the interview ended I was afraid his head was going to explode.

    < grin >

          Kevin J. Anderson at ConJose.  Copyright © 2002, Suzanne Gibson
    Copyright © 2002, Suzanne Gibson
    The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson - Cover  Copyright © 2002 by TOR books.
    Cover Copyright © 2002, TOR Books
    Kevin has written many books that I have enjoyed, but I find particular pleasure in the books that he and Brian Herbert have been writing in the Dune Universe. Their previous books told us the backstory for the events that occurred in Dune and its sequels. Now they have set their sights on the larger events that shaped the Dune Universe and have written a story I've long been waiting for.

    One of the major bits of strangeness in the Dune Universe is that even though it is set in the far future, there are very few computers. Given the advances in computers and AIs one would expect that thousands of years in the future the world would be filled with thinking machines. And yet in the Dune Universe, this is not the case.

    Of course anyone who is familiar with Dune knows that this is because in the distant past of the Dune Universe humanity fought a war against the thinking machines and freed themselves from the domination of those machines.

    Dune : The Butlerian Jihad tells the story of that war, of its origin and battles, of the origin of the feud between House Harkonnen and House Atreides, of the origin of the Spice Melange and the development of the Navigator's Guild, of.... I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

    I've been waiting anxiously for this book and I'm really glad the wait is over. The only frustrating thing is that now I will have to wait a year before I can read the next book in this series. < sigh >

    Listen to this show

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    • Click here for the show's opening. {30:49}
    • Click here for the Kevin J. Anderson interview. {33:43}
    • Click here for the show's closing.{2:10}
      Or for more Hour 25 Interviews
    • Click here for an interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert from October 20, 2000.
    • Click here for another interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert from April 20, 2002.
    • Click here for an index of all Shows on our site.

    The Great Hour 25 Disk Crash of 2002 - On-Going News

    As a result of our recent hard disk crash the Hour 25 newsletter mailing list has vanished into the digital darkness. It would be very helpful if subscribers to the Hour 25 Newsletter would resend their email addresses to me {wwjames@earthlink.net} so I can reconstitute the Newsletter mailing list. {If you have done this "post-crash" then I have your email address and you don't need to do anything.} New editions of the newsletter will start coming out "real soon now".

    In the same vein, if you previously sent in an entry for the Karen Willson Five Word Challenge, now would be a good time for you to fish around in your "sent mail" folder and resend your entry. Or come up with a new one and send it in. {And please put "Five Word Challenge" or some approximation thereof in the subject line of your email to make it easy for me to keep track of your entry.}

    Links for more information relating to this week's show

    Kevin J. Anderson
  • You can find out lots more about Kevin J. Anderson by going to Wordfire, his official web site.
  • Here's a bibliography of Kevin's writing.
  • You can read the complete short story Hunting Harkonnens at DuneNovels.Com.
  • You can learn more about Kevin and his works by reading any of these on-line interviews and articles; Pumped on Dune - Crescent Blues, January Magazine, Infinity Plus, TFN, or this DragonCon biography.
  • If you enjoyed this show and would like to know when other interviews are uploaded to the Hour 25 web site, then send an email to me at wwjames@earthlink.net and I will add your name to the free Hour 25 Newsletter mailing list. That way you'll get a brief notice in your email every time a new show gets uploaded to the web. {People who have subscribed to the newsletter before should do so again as I am having to regenerate the Hour 25 Newsletter Mailing List following the Great Hard Disk Crash of 2002. «Sigh».}

    Space News
  • You can view pictures from the "ShuttleCam" that flew on the last mission of the Space Shuttle by going to the Ecliptic Enterprises web site.
  • The latest pictures from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, along with a large collection of earlier pictures, can be found at the THEMIS image gallery. Information about the Mars Odyssey spacecraft can be found at the Project's web site. And information about scientific data sets from Mars Odyssey that have been released can be found here.
  • A huge collection of images from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has just been released and can be found at Malin Space Science Systems web site. More information about the MGS spacecraft can be found at its web site.
  • Information about the proposed mission to Pluto can be found at the New Horizons web site.
  • Information about the recent loss of a Soyuz booster and other news from the Russian space program can be found at Russian Space Web. Additional information about the Russian space program can be found at Sven's Space Place.
  • Perhaps the best place to learn about the Russian space program, both current and past, is at the famous Encyclopedia Astronautica. This web site has a wealth of information and one can spend many hours there learning about Russian and American space projects. Most highly recommended!

    For On-Going Updates on Space News
  • The Reusable Launch & Space Vehicle News web site web page that is part of the Hobby Space web site is a really good place to watch for news about, well... Reusable Launch Vehicles and related subjects. I check it out just about every day and often find news there that doesn't show up anywhere else. Give it a look. {And while you're there be sure to check out some of the site's other pages. Wow! Is there a lot of information there.}
  • The Space Today web site is a great place to find space news from all over the 'net.
  • The Spaceflight Now web site carries real time information about current space missions and presents a lot of space and astronomy news. This is the place I go to when I want up to the minute information about current space missions. Do I need to say more?
  • The NASA Watch web site is another great place for getting information about current space missions. Check there also for news about other 'goings on' within NASA. Highly recommended.

    ISS News
  • The Florida Today web site has a very interesting report about the causes of the ISS budget problems and their impact on the space program. It makes very interesting reading.
  • Click here to view the press kits for various ISS missions.
  • Check out the NASA International Space Station web page or the Boeing web page to learn more about this project.
  • A great source of news about Russian space activities, including their work on the ISS, can be found at the Russian Space Web.
  • Do you wonder where the Space Station is right now? You can use your browser to view real time maps showing the location of the ISS by going to this link at the NASA Space Link web site or here at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. Please note that your browser must support Java to make use of this satellite tracking software.
  • You can find out when the ISS - or many other spacecraft - can be seen from your location by going to this NASA web page. Please note; your browser must support Java for this application to work.

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