124 – Reading Challenge Results

December 25, 2017 2

un_02Happy holidays! A few weeks back we announced our self-imposed reading challenges for the end of the year. Well, now it’s time to pay the piper. Cath, George, Chia and Chris reveal their thoughts on the books selected: Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, The Bourne Identity, Say Yes to the Marquess, Uprooted, Silver on the Road, The Dispossessed and The Ipcress File.

As we sail into our third year (!), we’d like to thank you, our loyal listeners. Strap in for even more fun next year!

123 – Author Spotlight: Molly Tanzer

December 19, 2017 0

un_tanzerAuthor Molly Tanzer joins us to discuss her latest novel, Creatures of Will and Temper. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We also delve into her past books like Vermilion, editing vs. writing, cocktails, baking and Victorian oddities. Any fan of Great British Bake-off is welcome at UN Headquarters!

122 – Return of the Bride of Pick of the Week

December 11, 2017 0

Unreliable NarratorsWe’re at it again with our sporadic Picks of the Week! They range from books to TV to movies to comics this week: The Punisher, FIYAH magazine, All the Birds in the Sky, The House of Laughing Windows and many, many others. Stocking stuffers, one and all.

BONUS: Chris checks in with Unreliable Alum Ken Scholes following the release of his latest book, Hymn, the final volume in the Psalms of Isaak series.

121 – Author Spotlight: Ben Aaronovitch

December 4, 2017 0

un_aaronovitchMuch excitement at UN Headquarters! Earlier this year, Chia and Cath devoted an episode to their love of the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. Hold onto your seats, because author Ben Aaronovitch joins us from across the pond! We embarrass him with too many Doctor Who questions, and he shares details about his writing process and plans for the future. Can one show contain all this merriment?

120 – Author Spotlight: Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear

November 27, 2017 0

un_bearlynchAuthors Spotlight? Author Spotlights? However you slice it, this week is twice the flavor with the one-two punch of spec fic’s ultimate power couple, Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch! The dynamic duo join us for an anything-goes chat about fecal escapades, tidy trilogies, roleplaying dream teams, perhaps even news of a new release! (Spoiler alert: Bear’s The Stone in the Skull is out now!)

[PARENTAL ADVISORY: Extreme Content. Graphic expletives about Skype absolutely reflect the opinions of management. ]

119 – Odyssey Spotlight with Jeanne Cavelos

November 21, 2017 0

un_cavelosWriter and editor Jeanne Cavelos founded the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1996, and it quickly became an invaluable experience for writers of genre fiction. She joins us to discuss the workshop, her own fiction and anthology projects, Dracula and Van Helsing, and rituals involving plush animals and condensed milk. Not for the faint of heart! (PS – The Early Application deadline for next year’s workshop is January 31st. Get those apps ready!)

118 – Author Spotlight: Spencer Ellsworth

November 13, 2017 0

un_ellsworthStarfire author Spencer Ellsworth joins us to discuss A Red Peace and its upcoming sequels. We also talk tomatoes, X-Men, and Cascade Writers, among other fascinations.

Bonus! Viable Paradise treasurer Chris Gerwel tells all about VP’s upcoming Writers-of-Color Scholarship! Get those applications in early!

117 – To NaNo or Not to NaNo

November 7, 2017 0

un_02First, we reveal the books we’ve chosen for our recommended reading challenge! Chia will read The Red: First Light, Chris has chosen Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, George has queued Say Yes to the Marquess, and Cath is reading The Bourne Identity. Start your book engines!

Then we return to a frequent subject of discussion, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Is it still relevant to our goals? Is there an alternative? It seems we always have something to say on the subject when November rolls around.

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