We’re now on Patreon! As part of the process, Taryn Arnold from Patreon tells us about building a community and reaching an audience. She provides insight into how Patreon can enable creators to do what they love. If you’re thinking of setting up your own page, this interview will explain the basics. And if you love the show, consider supporting us on our own Patreon page! Or at least check out the supporting video. It has a dog and a cat.
Trina Marie Phillips is the editor of the brand spanking new anthology, The City of the Future. This new release from SciFutures explores metropolitan life in near future and how it could impact humanity. The book features a short story from our own Christopher Cornell, L.A. Loves You. Chris and Trina discuss the project, futurism and science fiction prototyping.
Laura Anne Gilman writes across many genres, from mystery to science fiction to urban fantasy. Her latest novel, Silver on the Road, kicks off the new series The Devil’s West. She joins us to talk about the process of writing, reading as inspiration, alcohol, pets, and anything else that springs to mind. Find out more at her website and join her Patreon account to enjoy the Adventures of Duchess, P.I.
Full disclosure alert: A certain Unreliable Narrator has a story in Mosaics 2, which releases on May 1st! They discuss intersectional feminism, the editing process, Nicki Minaj, selecting stories, and working on what you love.
The Final Hugo ballot for 2015 was announced this week. There’s plenty to grouse about, but instead we congratulate favorites among the worthy finalists, like N.K. Jemisin, Anne Leckie, Lois McMaster Bujold, Neal Stephenson, Nnedi Okorafor, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jessica Jones, Strange Horizons, and Alyssa Wong.
Then we swiftly move on to celebrating things we’ve enjoyed recently, noms or no. It’s a Pick of the Week Blowout! Featuring: Merrily Watkins; Lively St. Lemeston; Warren Ellis’ James Bond; Harriet the Spy; Black Creek; The Lives of Tao; One-Eyed Jack; The Everything Box; Zombies, Run!; Hex; Hatsune Miku; Panel Syndicate’s The Walking Dead; Forgotten; Godzilla Resurgence; Monster High; and The Ware Tetralogy.
Cath has big news, Chia can’t follow directions, George has been introducing his library to horror, and Chris misquotes Jimi Hendrix. Can you afford not to listen?
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.