Speculative fiction author Marc Watson and I discuss the conversations that shape worlds--both our own, and the fictional ones to which we escape. Plus, they dive into the reality of being a modern author and what to do with those pesky day jobs.
Edward Willet and I tackle worlds that bend genres and how to straddle independent versus traditional publishing--plus the secret to being a successful freelance creator.
I spoke with Sahara Foley, who transformed her late husband's creative work into a wonderful blend of Arthurian legends, science-fantasy, and paranormal plots.
I dove into the churning political waters of near-future speculative fiction with 2/3 of the team who created the anthology AND THE LAST TRUMP SHALL SOUND. Cat Rambo discusses their focus on found family and the impact on the marginalized, lower-class community, while James Morrow shares his satirical if outlandish take on dismantling a Pence pseudo-monarchy.
And the podcast is back! I had a wonderful opportunity to talk creative process, sci-fi technology, and why young adults ARE more likely to save the world with author and musician Jackiem Joyner--plus a glimpse as his debut science fiction novel, ZARYA!
Science Fiction Fantasy as a genre is known for tackling massive scopes and complicated settings, from Blade Runner’s seedy cyberpunk cities to the galactic warfare in Ender’s Game. In the past decade, however, sci-fi has undergone a tonal shift from action-packed pages and explosion-filled screens to creeping subtlety. While blockbuster action films and space marines are still fun fan favorites, focus has shifted to reflect the audiences’ deeper understanding of our own world–and how it inspires SFF world building. ...read more
I dove into the complexity of writing true historic figures and how technology shapes politics with Hugo and Nebula award-winner Robert J. Sawyer. He also shares the inspiration behind his newest novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative.