The 2012 Sword & Sorcery Mega Panel

The 2012 Sword & Sorcery Mega Panel

adventures_of_sword_and_sorcery-6John DeNardo and his team at SF Signal know when they have a good thing going.

Take for example the genre-defining 2010 Sword & Sorcery Panel Podcast, recorded at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio and featuring the official brain trust of modern S&S: Howard Andrew Jones , Ryan Harvey, Bill Ward, James Enge, Jason M. Waltz, Sam Sykes, John R. Fultz, Alex Bledsoe, Matthew Wuertz, and the ever-humble John O’Neill.

How do you top that? I know — impossible, right?

Well, all credit to Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates at SF Signal for making a terrific effort. In episode 108 of the SF Signal Podcast they’ve assembled a knock-out line-up of heavy hitters to discuss Sword and Sorcery for the modern reader. Including:

  • Lou Anders — publisher and editor of mega-publisher Pyr
  • Violette Malan — author of The Mirror Prince and many others
  • James L. Sutter — Paizo editor and author of Pathfinder Tales: Death’s Heretic
  • Scott H. Andrews — author, and editor of the splendid Beneath Ceaseless Skies

The podcast features original music by John Anealio. Part One is now available here.

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The panel discussion was pretty good and enjoyable.

John R. Fultz

Listening now!

I love that cover to AS&S–and I LOOOVED that magazine! R.I.P. Adventures of Sword & Sorcery…

Bill Ward

I miss the cash I shelled out for a subscription when the guy that owned it announced he was reviving it (and boy what a help it would be to get some early, good faith subscribers) and he never did anything with it. Nor did he return my emails.

That sort of crap makes it just a little bit harder for the next guy that wants to run a magazine.

Anyway — that has nothing to do with what I’m sure is an awesome podcast!


John, I’ll need to go back and listen again, but The Lion of Cairo and Black Dog caught my ear.

Bill Ward

I subscribed after it had collapsed, when they specifically asked for new subscribers for a relaunch, probably one of a handful that did. A good faith gesture, a ‘hey, we support you’ type of thing. Nothing happened, zero communication or updates. Emailed multiple times (to multiple addresses) after several months and never got any kind of response (iirc neither did anyone that submitted stories for their consideration, they had reopened to subs I believe).

This was not a case of me having been subscribed to a mag and it going under, that I can forgive. This was a case of me staking money as a show of support and being completely disrespected for it.

I doubt it was malice as well — just incompetence coupled with a lack of integrity. In all honesty I prefer malice.

No more derailing, I promise! Going to carve out some time to listen to these podcasts this week.

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