It’s award season again, isn’t it? I can tell, because, well, it’s January. Unfamiliar with the Hugos? You can hop on over to the 2013 Hugos site to learn more about the process, what’s eligible, how to vote, and so on. Basically, it’s things published or things “done” in the 2012 calendar year. I say [...]
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Over at Speculate, the Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans, Greg and I talk to the author of The Dervish House, Ian McDonald in Episode 47. This was an insightful interview with a terrific and well traveled author. We talk quite a bit about the real Istanbul and how that influenced Ian’s writing of The Dervish House. [...]
In a special two-episode series over at Speculate!, Greg and I take a step back from our usual blend of reader response and writer analysis to look at the state of the speculative fiction field more generally, enlisting friend and fellow speculative fiction author and editor Paul Genesse to broaden the discussion. In Part 1, we focus [...]
We've added a new feature to Speculate this year. A "State of the Business" podcast, which we'll do a few times a year with selected guests. I was really looking forward to this talk, because I like chatting about where this ship is headed, and our guest, editor and author, Paul Genesse, didn't disappoint. Our [...]
Looking for a bit of listening for the weekend? Then I have just the thing for you. Head on over to Speculate, where Greg and I recently sat down with Wheel of Time author, Brandon Sanderson. This is one of our longer interviews, but when you have someone who can talk so easily and interestingly [...]
Ah, awards season. What would they be without (a) a few gentle reminders to vote and (b) a note or two about what you can vote for? Lest your award season, and in particular the Hugo Awards, feel incomplete, here are the wee little projects that I can offer up for your kind consideration. Best [...]
Greg and I were lucky enough have a virtual sit down with Todd Lockwood, the artist who created the gorgeous cover art for my second book, The Straits of Galahesh. We talked about a range of topics, from his creative process, being known as “the dragon guy,” and his painting of Stephen Colbert as a paladin. [...]
In the latest episode of Speculate, Greg and I dive deeper into writing technique, using Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, as the inspiration. As I mentioned in my previous note about our interview with Mark Hodder, this was a really fun triptych, largely because Mark’s book turned out to be such fun [...]
Next up on Speculate is Episode 36, a wonderful interview with Mark Hodder, author of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. This was a really fun interview for me, because I really enjoy Steampunk, and it was fun talking with a guy who’s not only a great writer, but someone who’s steeped in history, [...]
This week on Speculate, Greg and I discuss Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, a wonderfully inventive stempunk novel that’s surprisingly well grounded in history. Stay tuned for our next episode, when we speak to the man himself. Our interview with Mark Hodder should be up on Speculate within a week. As [...]
This week on Speculate, Greg and I sit down with Carol Berg, veteran author of many fantasy novels and winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and talk to her about her inspirations in writing, the development of her career and her love for (and advice about) doing public readings … and how good reading is essential for [...]
Over at Speculate, Greg and I interview mountain climber, figure skater and (of course) fantasy author Courtney Schafer, who somehow finds time between climbing sheer rock faces, landing triple jumps, working a day job in electrical engineering and raising a son to write epic fantasy—including her debut from Night Shade Books, The Whitefire Crossing. We even talk a [...]
Over at Speculate, Greg and I talk with artist Mark Winters. Mark is a wonderful artist that I came across at GenCon this past August. I bought a few of his pieces and thought it would be nice to talk to him about his process. It was fun talking to Mark, because, well, artistic types [...]
Now live on Speculate is our 29th episode (wow, 29 episodes already!), where Greg and I hash over writing technique based on our read of Night Shade’s recent The Book of Cthulhu anthology. This was a fun episode to tape, as Greg and I got to digest not just the stories that we read, but [...]
Greg Wilson and I start a new round of podcasts for Speculate with The Book of Cthulhu, the new anthology from publisher Night Shade Books and editor Ross Lockhart. In the first episode (now live) we investigate (gulp!) the Elder Gods with our reaction to stories by Laird Barron, Elizabeth Bear, John Hornor Jacobs and Bruce Sterling. If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget [...]
At WorldCon in Reno (still twitching from the lights and bings and pops on the casino floors), Greg Wilson and I sat down to talk with Patrick Rothfuss about the writing life, language, and poetic magic. I tried to leg wrestle Greg for this one too (see note on our previous epic match over our [...]
I've been rather remiss in not posting my thoughts about the Wellspring Writing Workshop that I organized and ran with ten lovely writers in Lake Geneva this past June. I did post a fair bit about it before the workshop, though, including a podcast with Greg Wilson over at our podcast site, Speculate. Plus, I knew [...]
This is just a teaser, folks, sorry. But I wanted to start spreading the news as it wasn't on our list of scheduled podcasts. Greg Wilson and I interviewed Pat Rothfuss this past week for our podcast site, Speculate. It was really a lot of fun. If you've ever spoken to Pat, you know he's full of [...]
Over at Speculate, Greg Wilson and I review the Nebula-nominated The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and then interview the author herself, N.K. Jemisin. These were an interesting pair of episodes on a book well worth checking out.
No, not to Kij. We talk about Kij. More specifically, we talk about her fiction, three stories in particular: 26 monkeys, also the abyss, Ponies, and Spar. Next week we talk with Kij, so tune in then as well.