Last week we all gathered with a few good writer friends at our own writers’ retreat in Shohola, PA. Old house! Spooky woods! Creepy dolls! Limited internet! The perfect atmosphere for writerly productivity. We break down the long weekend and discuss the process of planting words firmly on pages. With short tangents on food, trolling and what the heck is going on with E’ville.
Bem-vindos! Author Christopher Kastensmidt joins us from Porto Alegre, Brazil to discuss his novelette series, The Elephant and Macaw Banner. (The newest book is out now!) He shares his influences, observations on the publishing industry in Brazil, and his plans for the future of the series. Fans of swashbuckling adventure won’t want to miss these stories, or the gorgeous cover art by Ursula “SulaMoon” Dorada.
Chris also shared recommendations for Brazilian science fiction and fantasy, starting with the winners of the Hydra Competition (Concurso Hydra, in Portuguese). Chris founded the competition in 2011, in partnership with Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (IGMS), to bring outstanding Brazilian spec fic to an American audience.
The winner of the first competition was “Story with Pictures and Conversation” by Brontops Baruq (complete story), while second place went to “By a Thread,” by Flávio Medeiros Jr. (complete story). In the second competition, “The Other Bank of the River” by Camila Fernandes (subscription only) took the top prize. The finalists for the third edition of Concurso Hydra were announced March 13, 2016. Chris will translate all three stories, and IGMS will choose the winner.
A few of Chris’s other recommendations include “Act of Extermination” by Cirilo S. Lemos in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (which also includes “Mountains of Green,” by our own Cath Schaff-Stump); And Still the Earth and Zero by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao; and “Salvaging Gods” by Jacques Barcia.
For more Brazilian science fiction and fantasy recommendations, check out Chris’s article “10 Autores nacionais de literatura fantástica publicados em língua inglesa no exterior,” which is in Portuguese, but includes links to stories in English. (Or you can try the Google translation, “10 fantastic literature of national authors published in English abroad.”) You might also be interested in Universo Insônia.
Our series of interviews with new authors concludes with Kate Heartfield, recent nominee for a National Newspaper Award in Canada and the author of “The Course of True Love” in Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World.
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!