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.”
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
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 Circus, OWL and the City of Angels.