19.1 – Pick of the Week Blowout!

April 27, 2016 0

un_hugosThe 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!; HexHatsune 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?

18.0 – Sound the Retreat

April 22, 2016 0

un_shoholaLast 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.

17.0 – Author Spotlight: Christopher Kastensmidt

April 15, 2016 0

un_ckBem-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.

15.1 – New Books from New Writers: Matthew S. Rotundo

March 29, 2016 3

un_mattThis 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.

14.0 – Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Bonesteel

March 24, 2016 0

un_bonesteelElizabeth 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!

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