This episode is brought to you by Cracking the Sky from Brenda Cooper, and published by Fairwood Press.
Launching at Sasquan, award-winning author Brenda Cooper’s first science-fiction only collection treats readers to human stories about the future. Meet a physicist who searches across timelines in a desperate attempt to travel across them herself, a young woman who tries to recover the magic of a trip on a river with her grandfather, a young couple who suspect their neighbor child is being raised by robots, and many more ….
Publishers Weekly says about Cracking the Sky:
This capable collection of hard SF stories … focuses squarely on worldbuilding, from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. to the far reaches of space. Cooper works hard to center each piece on a way that technology has influenced human lives …. Those who love technology-driven stories will find a lot to like.
And James Van Pelt, author of STRANGERS AND BEGGARS, calls the collection “a masterful blend of hard-edged speculation tied to insightful evocations of the human spirit.”
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In our Peter Orullian episode:
Before the interview, Brent provides a couple of reminders about cool genre happenings:
- Our series of interviews from Nordic convention Archipelacon by contributor Greg Pellechi launched with Emil H. Peterson and will continue over the next couple of months.
- While Hugo Awards voting has wrapped up, you can still influence the 2017 Worldcon Site Choice (Montreal, Canada; Helsinki, Finland; Nippon, Japan; and Washington D.C., United States)
- We have some great giveaways going on, namely the Disney-Hyperion YA #TrollHunters & more giveaway and aforementioned Brenda Cooper Cracking the Sky. Be sure to enter!
As for the interview … in addition to Peter’s writing and video game prowess, he has toured as a featured vocalist internationally at major music festivals. Kristi and Brent chat with him about how music influenced Trial of Intentions as well as other influences on the book and his penchant for turning the hero’s journey on its head:
The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god—and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind—in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures.
But there is dissent. One king won’t answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse.
Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.
And his choices may reshape a world . . . .