AISFP 46 – Timothy Zahn and Lone Star Stories

Timothy Zahn joins us to discuss the Quadrail books, why trains are fascinating, how he names characters, and upcoming projects. Also, Eric Marin, editor of Lone Star Stories, tells us about his online magazine.

This episode is brought to you by Bright of the Sky, by Kay Kenyon. An AISFP recommended book!

Show Notes:
Publishing News: We discuss the impact of Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote SF classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood’s End. He will be missed and loved for a long time to come.

Bonus Story: Lou Anders and I have been discussing whether or not there should be a Hugo Award for podcasts. Lou suggested that podcasts could be considered for best fan writer or best fanzine. Some podcasts would fit nicely into these categories: Dragon Page Cover to Cover, I Should be Writing, The Future and You, The Sciphi Show all come to mind. Escapepod is leading SF podcasting right now (and SF magazines in general), but as a “reprint” market for professional authors, it doesn’t qualifies in the categories being discussed here. It certainly deserves some awards and recognition, so maybe a unique podcasting column is necessary.

I suppose podcasts can be ignored for another year or two, but as their popularity grows, they’ll need to be included more in the field. Professional author and publishers are certainly benefiting from them enough to justify the inclusion. Take into account not just the countless interview opportunities for writers, but the pros who make podcasts themselves: Cory Doctorow, Jay Lake, Jon Armstrong, Tracy Hickman, Paul Levinson, Michael A. Stackpole, Mercedes Lackey, James Patrick Kelly. . .

– Interview with Timothy Zahn, live from Condor.
– Magazine Spotlight: Lone Star Stories.
– Listener emails. Plenty of music recommendations: Nick suggests the Solaris soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, and Ghosts by Nine Inch Nails. Kory suggests the opening music of Trigun and the songs of Jonathan Coulton. Emma likes the music from Sunshine. Jordan had a list for us that includes Coheed and Cambria, Julia Ecklar, Jonathan Coulton, and The Dresden Dolls. And Sam has suggestions for every category. For scifi, he suggests Vangelis – Blade Runner and Eric Serra – The 5th Element. For Horror – Popol Vuh – Nosferatu and SourceCodeX – Primordial Lands Arise. And for fantasy, he suggests Jeff and Mychael Danna – A Celtic Tale.

If someone can tell me the artist and song that you hear when my cellphone goes off, I’ll come up with something special for you. A free book or something. Just leave the artist and song title on the blog to win! There will be just one winner.

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  1. Jonny10 says:

    Collective Soul

    Props to you, Shaun for keeping that in and can I just say that Sam’s reaction was hysterical?

    Jonathan Rock

  2. Shaun Farrell says:

    Thanks, Jonathan. Yeah, that was a priceless moment, wasn’t it. I’m afraid that Indian Jim beat you to the punch though, and already left the info on episode 47. I will enter you in the email drawing. Thanks for listening, man!

  3. Jonny10 says:

    That’s alright. I’m kind of hoping that guy from Bangalore without any SF to read wins.

  4. Aww… he’s a giver!

    Nothing’s sexier than a guy who:

    a) Wishes good SF upon other people
    b) Thinks I’m funny

    If I do say so myself.

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