AISFP 317 — Matthew De Abaitua, IF THEN

[powerpress] John Dodds chats with Matthew De Abaitua about his slipstream novel IF THEN from Angry Robot Books. John also reviews the novel saying, “If there is any justice, it deserves a nomination for the next Hugos.”

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 Matthew De Abaitua episode:

John Dodds chats with Matthew De Abaitua about his slipstream novel IF THEN from Angry Robot Books. John also reviews the novel saying, “If there is any justice, it deserves a nomination for the next Hugos.”

In the show John talks to Matthew about:

  • Dystopian futures or alternate presents which mirror current day politics
  • Social engineering as a biological science
  • Time loops and the terrors of unending warfare
  • Being friends with Alan Moore, a fan of Prince and a lover of camping

Matthew can be found on Twitter and his website.

Before the interview, Brent gives a quick overview of his and Kristi’s whereabouts (ICON and New York Comicon, respectively) and how this portends upcoming episodes. Brent also encourages everyone to check out Kristi’s follow-up to OWL and the Japanese CircusOWL and the City of Angels.

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