Speculate! is a podcast for writers, readers, and fans, run by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, two writers of speculative fiction. Speculate! will be sharing podcasts of several different types, including:

  • Fiction Reviews – discussions of novels or short fiction.
  • Author Interviews – interviews or roundtables with some of the great and new voices in speculative fiction.
  • Writing Technique – nuts and bolts discussions of writing technique that stem from the works we’ve reviewed.
  • Artist Interviews – just to shake things up, we thought we’d include some interviews with various artists in the speculative fiction arena.

In general, though we may not always stick to this formula, we’ll be discussing a particular set of short stories or a novel, then we’ll interview the author(s) in the following episode, and will finish up with a show where we get into the more nitty gritty details of writing technique. This allows us to dig deeper into the fiction we’re discussing, and it hopefully allows you, the listener, to be both entertained and informed. We’re always looking for suggestions for improvement, though, so if you have any thoughts on new topics or even authors we might interview, please feel free to discuss in our posts or send us an email through the contact page.

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Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches courses in creative writing and speculative fiction. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in 2009.  His second novel, Icarus, will be published as a graphic novel by Silence in the Library Publishing in early 2016, and his third novel and first book in The Gray Assassin TrilogyGrayshade, will be published by The Ed Greenwood Group in September of 2016.  He has short stories in various anthologies, has published three articles in the SFWA Bulletin, and is co-editing an anthology of short stories on speculative fiction and politics with two time Hugo nominee John Helfers.  On other related fronts, he has done character work and flavor text for several prominent card and board games, and is the lead writer for the upcoming video game Chosen Heart: A Tale of the Fourteenth Kingdom.  He is the host of a story and narrative focused channel on Twitch TV under the moniker Arvan Eleron, and is the lead singer and trumpet player for the progressive rock band The Road.  He lives with his wife Clea and daughter Senavene–named at his wife’s urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which his daughter seems to have forgiven him–in Riverdale, NY.

DSC_0022-1.JPGBradley P. Beaulieu is the author of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, the first book in The Song of the Shattered Sands. He also wrote The Lays of Anuskaya series, which begins in The Winds of Khalakovo, continues in The Straits of Galahesh, and concludes in The Flames of Shadam Khoreh. Brad’s stories have appeared in various other publications, including the Blackguards anthology, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, “In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat,” was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award. Brad lives in Racine, WI with his wife and two children. He is a software engineer by day, wrangling code into something resembling usefulness. He is also an amateur cook. He loves to cook spicy dishes, particularly Mexican and southwestern. As time goes on, however, Brad finds that his hobbies are slowly being whittled down to these two things: family and writing. In that order…

MikeUnderwoodMichael R. Underwood is a speculative fiction writer and the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. He’s circumnavigated the globe, danced the tango with legends, and knows why Tybalt cancels out Capo Ferro. He also rolls a mean d20. Before he became a writer, he spent six years in academia, earning a B.A. in Creative Mythology (through the Individualized Major Program) and East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon. What that means is that Mike is professionally qualified to geek out about mythology, Chinese and Japanese History, and Folklore (anything from mythology to internet memes). His first novel is an urban fantasy called Geekomancy. The series continues with Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and Hexomancy. His other books include Shield and Crocus, an action-packed mash-up of weird fantasy and superheroes, The Younger Gods, a supernatural thriller starring the one moral son in a family of sociopathic apocalypse cultists, and Genrenauts, a science fiction series in novellas.