A Little Post About Scott Sigler

A few weeks ago Scott Sigler started podcasting his novel Nocturnal and for the first time he hasn’t narrated it. For those of you who don’t know who he is Scott Sigler is a New York Times best selling author who was the one the first people to release a novel as a podcast. Since then he has released pretty much everything he has written on his podcast. There are few that he didn’t narrate until his Bones Are White collection of short stories.

That was the first real time that us fans of Sigler’s, or as we’re better known, The Junkies, had received his work on his podcast voiced by other people and now we have his novel Nocturnal being read by Phil Gigante. The reason Sigler is not reading his work now is a simple one, he wants to use the time to write more. To me this is very good because I can’t get enough Sigler but it did throw me off hearing someone else do the voices of much loved characters from this novel (an earlier draft was released before the current, final draft). Most of all not hearing Sigler doing the voice of (The Awesome) Pookie Chang has taken some getting used to, but the last two episodes have sold me. I’m loving the story and the narration is excellent but the emotion that came through from Pookie Chang in the last two episodes has been spectacular.

Sigler reading his own work is and will always be entertaining but Phil Gigante doing the voice work adds something else to Sigler’s work. The content is exceptional, I’ve loved the fiction Sigler writes since I first heard and in Phil Gigante they have a man whose vocal skills suit the type of fiction that Sigler writes, and it gives Sigler more time to write so we all win in my opinion.

Scott Sigler and his business partner A Kovacs are moving in the right direction in my opinion as they are both striving to get as much fiction out there for all of us to consume and if having Phil Gigante, and his engineer Cory, on board doing the narration helps Sigler get more written then its well worth it. I for one do miss Sigler’s narration, especially his female voices, but Gigante is very talented and easy to listen to. Sigler is still going to do the Galactic Football League novel narrations but as A Kovacs points out in a post(http://scottsigler.com/podcast/fridayfix-scotts-reading-audiobooks/) over at http://scottsigler.com/  there are four books already out in that series so it works for the continuity and that’s their flagship series.

If you haven’t already checked out Scott Sigler I strongly recommend that you do. His writing is powerful and original, his characters are fantastic and he isn’t scared to touch the tough subjects.

Looking At One Of My Influences: Scott Sigler

Quite often I mention on here Scott Sigler and for those of you who do not know who he is, and dont go over to look at his website (http://scottsigler.com/) I’ve been listening and reading Scott Sigler’s work for a good six years now and I am currently going through his podcasts and listening to them again. In some cases I have not listened to the audio yet but I have read the books.
Sigler is one of my role models. He has gone from an unknown author to a New York Times best selling author. Part of how he got to where he is was through giving away his work as a free podcast. Realising an episode a week. He is one of the pioneers of podcasting, although I would imagine a lot of people look at his success and think its easy.
He engages with his fans, who are lovingly called Junkies. There is a strong community at his website (I really need to spend more time there).
He is almost too in your face, but as its Scott Sigler, A.K.A The Future Dark Overlord, its cool because its all done in a very tongue in cheek, good humoured way. Most of this comes through from his personality, which can also be heard in his narrations.
Sigler has a little help in his business partner A Kovacs, who is one of those people who seems very capable at getting things organised and done.

All this may seem good and well, but even the best, most passionate writer would not find success if their product was rubbish. Sigler does not have this problem, his writing is incredibly impressive. His characters are memorable, plot lines creative and pacing is all but spot on. One thing I’d like to mention about his characters is that many of the main ones are quite unlikable, but not enough to put you off reading on.
The settings and cultures of his stories are intriguing also. In his The Crypt and the Galactic Football League universe we see a huge galaxy with multiple races and cultures. Different political and religious elements within the same race. Sigler does not cheat here, unlike a lot of mainstream sci-fi we don’t see any other alien that is humanoid. (me and Owen have humanoid aliens in our work) the aliens in Sigler’s universe do have human traits but I love the way he has made them alien.

The best compliment that us readers can pay to a writer is that something they have created has moved us. That it has struck at the emotional triggers we have all have. Scott Sigler more then entertains me with his writing. It is addictive, but in two specific cases he has moved me with what he has written. In his book Infected there were bits that made me flinch and the ending of Contagious hit me hard and I sat for about half an hour afterwards just thinking about it.

Scott Sigler is a powerhouse writer who I believe everyone should at least check out. He has a big publisher book deal, but he is also releasing his work that his publisher does not want through his own company, Dark Overlord Media. He and A Kovacs know what they are doing and I hope they do it for a long time to come.

Tonights Post

I’ve been listening to Scott Sigler’s first book in his Crypt series, called Crew Stories. This basically is a collection of short stories about the future crew of a ship known as the PUV James Keeling, also known as The Crypt. This is a collection that I have listened to before but I had forgotten just how good these stories are and I really enjoyed reliving them again and getting to know the crew once more. This is not a book for the faint of heart! And at the moment is only available in podcast form (Which means free) A lot of the stories here are co-written by some amazing writers including, Mur Lafferty, Paul E. Cooley, Jake Bible and many other excellent writers (Look out for the story  co-written with Greg Crites). Here’s the link to the page on Scott Sigler’s website;

http://scottsigler.com/books/the-crypt-book-one-crew-stories

If you have read my blog for a while you will know I am a big fan of Scott Sigler, he is an amazing writer who I have a lot of time for as he has worked very hard to get to where he is today. He has had a little help along the way and I would love to steal his business partner, A Kovacs who seems to keep Mr. Sigler on track. They are a great team and are producing some great content.

 

I would also like to quickly give a link to this interview on Adventures In Sci-Fi Publishing with Kevin J. Anderson. I have not read any of his work yet, I do have the first of The Saga Of Seven Suns book on my shelve, but I love listening to him talking about the art of writing. It’s in two parts so I’ll give you the link to the first part;

http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2013/02/aisfp-197-kevin-j-anderson-part-1/

 

You can find both podcasts in the iTunes library.

Reading update, I finished Stephen King’s The Gunslinger last night. I was aiming to get it read by the end of the week but the final sixty pages went by in a beat of an eye. As I’ve said before I had no idea what this book was about and I’ve really enjoyed discovering it. I am looking forward to the next book but I am going to read a couple of other books before I delve into book two in the series.

I’ve now started Haywire by Justin R. Macumber.

I have not done any more editing, but I have done some hand written bits for Project Apollo.