AISFP 210 – Jo Walton on WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT
Enjoy Brent Bowen's interview with Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Among Others, Jo Walton. What… [more]
AISFP 209 – Zachary Jernigan and Nick Sharps, Part 2, NO RETURN
Timothy C. Ward's debut show as executive producer brings back reviewer, Nick Sharps, and author, Zachary… [more]
AISFP 208 – Make it So
About WITHIN THIS MORTAL COIL: There are some things you can't un-do. You face the result of your actions… [more]
On Openings — Annnnnnd Ruuuummmmble
By Faith Hunter Openings today make or break a writer. In a changing, downsized, much more vertical… [more]
AISFP 200 – Lou Anders
Tincture: Grave robbing requires a corpse, so at most, this was all just simple thievery. “Rhamuel… [more]
Fantasy Tropes in Japanese Folklore
Fantasy Tropes in Japanese Folklore By Travis Heermann Most people in the West who read medieval fantasy… [more]
Enjoy Brent Bowen‘s interview with Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Among Others, Jo Walton. What if fairies were real and they were in the industrial ruins? Brent’s interview with Jo Walton explores this “what if” in her book, Among Others. She built a magic system where things came alive because you used them. [...]
Timothy C. Ward’s debut show as executive producer brings back reviewer, Nick Sharps, and author, Zachary Jernigan, to discuss Zach’s debut novel, NO RETURN, and how the MFA program at Stonecoast helped him write it. As we transition into Tim’s taking over the show, we are once again looking for sponsors. Send an email to [...]
After more than six years at the helm of AISFP, Shaun is stepping down from the Captain’s chair. But the show goes on. Warp speed ahead!
Tim Ward returns with a fantastic 3-part discussion with author Zachary Jernigan and reviewer Nick Sharps on the topic “Education Paths for Science Fiction Fans and Writers”.
Brent Bowen returns and he is triumphant! Loading us all into his Way-Back machine, we present an interview with Stina Leicht from last year’s WorldCon. Hey, some things are worth waiting for!
Michael R. Underwood joins us again to discuss writing great fight scenes and “hot pants” fantasy.
Michael Underwood, Marketing Director for Angry Robot Books, discusses the science of selling a book, among other topics.
Jessica Steiner joins us to discuss altering the laws of physics, the first works of science fiction, indie publishing, Star Trek and much more.
Apocalyptic natural disasters, hungry zombies, devastating plagues. These are all mainstays of SF&F stories. The federal government has real National Incident Management System (NIMS) for dealing with them. How would NIMS react to some science fictional scenarios? What would the response look like?
Shaun and Moses discuss a variety of publishing news topics. We recorded this several weeks ago, so we confess that these stories may have been updated since then. Also, Moses answers a question about dictation.
In this episode, we take a drive down memory lane. Then we update some of the past “big topics” covered on the show, including: The Death of Short Fiction, the Rising Paradigm of Publishing, the dangers of Indie Publishing, the hottest sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy, space travel allergies, and more.
Before we replay a classic interview, Sean Williams joins us to discuss his latest projects, experimental sleep deprivation, and Writers of the Future, among other topics.
Kevin J. Anderson is back to discuss being a writer with no future, Patrick Rothfuss, being an overnight success in 20 years, one of his favorite works, writing by dictation, wordfirepress.com, and more!
Kevin J. Anderson joins Moses to discuss this year’s Superstars Writing Seminar, HELLHOLE: AWAKENING, zombie private detectives, continuing THE SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS, doing horrible things to imaginary friends, the business of publishing, and much more.
News and Reviews
GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Collection, Volume One, by Mike Mignola and Guy Davis
From the pages of Hellboy comes the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, an organization dedicated towards fighting back against that which goes bump in the night. Yes, I might’ve just borrowed that from Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movie, but it describes the group aptly. For those not familiar with these imaginative creations of Mike [...]
Brent Bowen’s interview with Jo Walton, (AISFP 210), covered some interesting topics of discussion. First, though, a quick message about what I’d like to do with our AISFP community and website. One thing I’d like to do with AISFP is get more content on the website to supplement the podcast interviews. This allows the listeners [...]
When Roen Tan, stereotypical IT tech, wakes up one morning hearing voices he naturally assumes he’s gone crazy. Sadly, he hasn’t.
Faith Hunter discusses the vital importance of opening a story well.
In celebration of 200 episodes Tor Books is helping us give away 2 copies of THE SIX GUN TAROT by R.S. Belcher, recently featured on the show.
When Chesney Anstruther accidentally summons a demon while playing poker, he refuses to sell his soul. Only … no one has ever refused to sell their soul before. Chesney’s decision causes a few complications and ultimately leads to Hell going on strike.
The circus is open only at night. It arrives without warning and is gone again just as quickly. It is a circus of dreams, of fantasies beyond imagining. To its spellbound visitors, the Night Circus seems magical. This is because it is. Literally.
We are going to give away more books in 2013, and Pyr SF is gracious to get us started. To win your free copy of THE CREATIVE FIRE, simply tweet and facebook about us.
Travis Heermann, author of HEART OF THE RONIN and host of the new kickstarter project SWORD OF THE RONIN, discusses the rich history of Japanese fantasy tropes, including the tortured girl and diabolical inanimate objects.
We have big plans for 2013, and you can help us make it happen! New information on what to expect from us and how our sponsorship packages now reflect the new format.
New books by Resnick, McDevitt, Traviss, Baxter, Kent, Shepherd, Doctorow, Crilley, Rosca, Stross, Bebris, Varley, Sykes, Griffin and Montero
Win a hardcover copy of Thieftaker, by D.B. Jackson. It’s so easy to enter, so please do!
Wells has masterfully engrossed us in the mind of a diseased man, forcing us (and Michael) to constantly ask what is real and what is not, all while putting a human face on schizophrenia.
City of the Lost tears right along, leaving little time to catch your breath…but just enough that you don’t cast the book aside in a fit of action-sequence-fatigue.
It saddened me recently to see one of my favorite genre writers, Lavie Tidhar, posting about the backlash he’s gotten for comments made about some historical issues with steampunk. Steampunk, after all, is quite popular and heavily influenced by history, with stories often set in the time periods of the Victorian age when steam tech was new [...]
The books have been flying in this summer. Publishers have the printing press hard at work, and here are some of the titles we’re looking at in the month of May. . . ish. Great reads here, so give it a look, click on the cover images, and order your new book today!
Interview with Gini Koch By Saul Garnell June 6th 2012 For those who don’t yet know her, Gini Koch is a hot new author who writes the fast fresh and funny ALIEN/KATHERINE “KITTY” KATT series for DAW Books, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch, she’s written ALEXANDER OUTLAND: SPACE [...]
Need a good book? Here is what we received in the month of April, featuring new titles from Campbell, Zahn, Schroeder, Kelly, Sprunk and more.
This is how we descend into a new techo-dark age, that is paradoxically driven by an over infusion of information that’s not be processed by people because they have lost that ability to make value judgments. This is a world in which a richness of technology and knowledge gets lost in the shuffle of our inability to access and apply it.
Leprecon 38 is a wonderful, yet small, Arizona based SF&F convention that takes place every year
around St. Patrick’s day. A report by Saul Garnell.