AISFP 285 – Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick joins Shaun to discuss his latest novel, The Fortress in Orion, the beginning of the Birthright Universe, and much more. Also, we play first five five minutes of Islands, by Eric Flint.

Baen_Eric Flints Islands This episode is brought to you by Islands, an audio drama based on a novella from Eric Flint, adapted by Tony Daniels, and published by Baen books.

A four-part, full cast audio play adaptation of “Islands,” a novella by Eric Flint set within the world of the Belisarius alternate history series created by Eric Flint and David Drake.(Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes.)

Epic adventure, the horrors and glory of war, and the dawning of authentic love combine in this drama based on a classic novella of the Belisarius series.

751 A.D. The being from the future known as Aide has brought technology to Byzantine Rome in an attempt to oppose another nefarious A.I. from the same future. This is a Roman Empire with the telegraph, muzzle-loading rifles, and steam-powered ships. In the midst of this transformed world: Calopodius Saronites, seventeen-years-old, and a Constantinople aristocrat who has gone to the front with General Belisarius to seek glory. And Anna Saronites, also seventeen, Calopodius’s wife by arranged marriage who seeks a life for herself outside the strictures of Constantinople society. As Anna journeys into the horror of war’s rear area hospitals and uprooted lives, she finds uses for her talents of which she never dreamed, even as her husband Calopodius remakes his life on the front after he is blinded by a terrible wound.

Topics Discussed:

  • Mike’s somewhat grim view of humanities future;
  • His use of humor and reputation as a humorist, despite the grin nature of view;
  • The eras within Birthright;
  • The tone and style of The Fortress in Orion;
  • How his writing style has changed and how he uses dialogue to drive a scene;
  • What motivates us to put our lives on the line and attempt the impossible?
  • Mike’s favorite films;
  • Selling to foreign markets;
  • The Galaxy’s Edge Magazine;
  • Much more!

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