AISFP 139 – Connie Willis and Tobias Buckell

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We have two great authors in this episode. First, Tobias Buckell joins us to discuss his latest project – one you can be involved with. Then Connie Willis joins us to discuss history, time travel, plotting and non-writing activities.

AISFP 137 – Lou Anders

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One of our favorite guests, the always gracious Lou Anders, Editorial Director of Pyr books, sat down with Shaun at WorldCon the morning of the Hugo Awards. If you’ve been living in a cave. . . . Lou won.

NEWS – Shaun Was Here – A WorldCon Recap

AISFP 191 – BN Downsizing, Dragoncon Controvery, and the Society of Idiots

Thanks to a good friend who offered me a place to crash, I was able to attend WorldCon this past weekend. I drove up to Reno on Friday, arriving around 1pm, and stayed until Sunday. So, what did I do, who did I meet, and what was my experience like? I’m so glad you asked!

AISFP 115 – Ferrett Steinmetz

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Ferrett Steinmetz, up for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, chats about what it takes to write a great short story (the guy should know, he’s s slush editor for Apex Magazine), Clarion, blogging, and overcoming challenges.

The City & The City, by China Miéville

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If Miéville is starting a conversation, he’s asking a question: “How much magic makes a story fantasy?” Despite Miéville’s admonitions that crime novels inevitably end badly, I was quite satisfied with the results.

AISFP 98 – Paolo Bacigalupi

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Like the true champion he is, recent Hugo-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi fights through respiratory issues to chat with us about the Campbell Conference, his collaboration with Tobias Buckell on the audible.com novella The Alchemist and The Executioness, and his YA novel Ship Breaker.

A Report for WorldCon

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Pointing out the trend towards fast, dramatized dialog, Stan made the case that modern SF panders itself to the less knowledgeable reader, and takes the genre away from its literary roots.

The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Lighter than air flight, pedal powered computers, liquefied coal powered luxury vehicles, giant elephants genetically engineered to efficiently convert crops into usable energy, a plague of invisible cats, and an discarded, over-engineered, beautiful young lady.

AISFP 96 – Brandon Sanderson and Paul Cornell

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Brandon Sanderson and Paul Cornell join us to discuss novels, comics, Dr. Who, The Wheel of Time, and much more.

AISFP 95 – Hadley Rille Books

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Publisher Eric T. Reynolds from Hadley Rille Books joins the show and walks through his unlikely process of becoming a publisher and what he looks for in prospective authors.