Welcome to Episode 157 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Emmi Itaranta, looking in particular at her novel Memory of Water, as we speak with the author herself. She discusses her process of writing the manuscript simultaneously in Finnish and English, the environmental concerns which drive her, and her belief that there’s hope woven throughout her work–and why that hope is so important. This was a really interesting conversation with an interesting writer, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week for our final show of the triptych as we look at some of the writing techniques used in the novel–and if you’d like access to that show and our Good, Bad, and Ugly segments (including a new one from Emmi), please head to our Patreon page and support us at the $5 or higher level. Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!
ADDITIONAL NOTE: The time for Hugo nominations is upon us and rapidly passing, and we’re pleased to see that Speculate has made several long lists for Best Fancast. We would dearly love to see the show get nominated for that honor this year, and so we wanted to remind all of our loyal listeners that if you have enjoyed what we do over the years and are so inclined, we would welcome your support. If you’re a member of last year’s, this year’s, or next year’s Worldcon, you’re eligible to nominate, and can do so here—but only before the end of the day on Thursday, March 31st. So please go and nominate now, and if we’re on your list under the Best Fancast category, we would be most grateful!