This week we focus on a series of new books by new writers. New to us, at least, and possibly to you. In this episode Cath and Chris interview Matthew S. Rotundo, whose first book, Petra: The Prison World Revolt, Part 1, is now available through Amazon. Matt is a former Writers of the Future finalist and graduate of the Odyssey workshop. We discuss his novel, his short fiction and what’s next for the Petra series.
Elizabeth Bonesteel is the author of The Cold Between, a genre-busting space opera romance thriller. She joins the entire panel of Narrators to discuss her debut novel, the writing process, and what’s in store for the future. Along the way we manage to fit in a pastry reference and other fun obsessions. The book is out now from Harper Collins, and a sequel is on the way later this year. Get on board now!
I go, you go, we all go to the Hugos. Or at least we vote. We share stories of Worldcons past and share some of our thoughts on nominees for 2016. (Spoiler alert: love for Karen Memory, Silver on the Road, Waters of Versailles, Envy of Angels, Witches of Lychford, This Damned Band, Sorcerer to the Crown, The Fifth Season, The Buried Giant, “The Body Pirate” (in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2015), Seveneves, We Stand On Guard, Paper Girls, Private Eye, Ms. Marvel, Saga, The Discommodious Wedding, Ken Liu, The House of Shattered Wings, Updraft, A Head Full of Ghosts, The Fifth Heart, No One Gets Out Alive, Nyctophobia (not actually eligible for this year’s Hugo, but that’s no reason not to read it!), The Ill-Formed Knight (Book 3 of The Once and Future King, “The Itching Hour” by Damon Knight, the Lensman series, Alyssa Wong, Sunil Patel, Carrie Patel, Rachael K. Jones, Andy Weir, and Lauren Teffeau.)
One of File770’s commenters rounded up a collection of public-domain works eligible for the Retro Hugo.
And Writertopia has a list of Campbell-eligible writers here.
Get those ballots in by the end of the month!
Movies! Who doesn’t have favorites? We share some of ours, including Alien, Aliens, The Incredibles, Spirited Away, Troll Hunter, Fury Road, Princess Mononoke, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, A Chinese Ghost Story, The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Hellboy, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Pan’s Labyrinth, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Time Bandits. Then we share some love for older films (Sunrise, The Food of the Gods, Them!, The Thing from Another World, Mary Poppins) and discuss elements that draw us to a particular genre. And, because we can never reference enough films, we end with shout-outs to Dawn of the Dead/Zombi, The Exorcist, Harvey, and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
"And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will only respond if interested in seeing more pages."
--Nietzsche on publishing
Everyone who’s ever attempted a professional writing career knows all about rejection and– worse– the unresponsive submission void. What’s an eager penmonkey to do? We discuss how to write for yourself and remain upbeat in the face of indifference.
Jennifer Garam is our Unreliable Guest this week to talk about her recent blog post, How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Shit. She’s a journalist, teacher and eternal font of positivity who’s written for Interview magazine, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post to name a few.
Jennifer’s next writing workshop is a Quick Writing Fix on March 3, 2016 in New York City.
Our conversation with author Walter Jon Williams continues as we discuss his career, travel, Star Wars, RPGs, and anything else that pops into our heads.