Episode 118 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Brenda Cooper and Martha Wells

                       

Welcome to Episode 118 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, we delve more into the world of short speculative fiction as we chat with authors (and former guests) Brenda Cooper and Martha Wells about their particular approaches to writing short fiction, the difference in process and product between writing novels and short stories, and how each form can complement the other.  Since Brenda, Martha and Brad have joined forces with Will McIntosh, Tina Connolly and Stephen Gaskell in the Six by Six Kickstarter, we also discuss the “synergistic energy” of stories in an anthology and how, even though each author is producing his or her own collection of six stories, working as part of a team can still be an exciting change from the often solitary working life of the author.  If you like what you hear, head over to the Kickstarter to find out more–and of course, don’t forget to check back next episode when we’ll begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Lev Grossman. And finally, we’ve gotten some excellent movement on our Patreon over the past few days; thanks so much to those of you who have gotten on board, and for those of you haven’t yet, don’t forget that for a small pledge you can both support the show and get even more content–like the Good, Bad and Ugly segment from this very episode!  Until next time, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 117 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Patrick Hester and Anton Strout

                      

Welcome to Episode 117 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, simultaneously run on two other podcasts, we talk about the medium and message as we chat with authors and podcasters Patrick Hester (of the Hugo award-winning SF Signal podcast and the Functional Nerds podcast) and Anton Strout (of The Once and Future Podcast) about podcasting, writing, and everything in between.  We talk about what we’ve learned from the experience, what we’ve been most inspired by in the interviews we’ve conducted, and why Lion Voltron is obviously better than Auto Voltron (no idea why this was even a question, frankly).  This is the first time we’ve really had the chance to talk about this particular media, and almost four full years into production we decided there was no reason to wait any longer–the result was a fun and wide-ranging discussion, and we hope to do it again in the future.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next episode when we’ll begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Lev Grossman.  And if you haven’t already, please check out our Patreon; for a small pledge you can both support the show and get even more content, and we really appreciate everyone who has become a patron so far.  Until next time, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 116 of Speculate! — Interview with Lou Anders

Welcome to Episode 116 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk for the second time to Lou Anders, former editor at Pyr Books during an award-winning career and author of Frostborn, the first book in the middle grade fantasy series Thrones & Bones.  We talk about what it’s like to transition from editor to author, how Lou’s somehow managed to get even busier in his new career, and why Kermit the Frog serves as an inspiration…even in Norway!  We really enjoyed chatting with Lou again, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  If so, make sure to check back next week when we’ll have a special episode on podcasting in the speculative fiction field with Patrick Hester of the SF Signal Podcast and Anton Strout of the Once & Future Podcast.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: We taped our fifth Good, Bad and Ugly segment during this interview, and it’s one of the most comprehensive ones on record!  If you’re interested in hearing it, keep in mind that it’s available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month–so please head over and become a patron, and thanks!

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Episode 115 of Speculate! — Writing Technique Discussion Based on Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

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Episode 115 is the last in our triptych of shows based on Ann Leckie’s incredible debut novel, Ancillary Justice. This episode is for our Patreon supporters at the $5 level.

In the episode we discuss building your technique before tackling a major project, how to convey emotion, tension and pacing, the use of parallel timelines, alternatives in choices of protagonists, using historical cultures as a template for your own work, and more.

If you’re already a supporter, we thank you and ask that if there are others you think might enjoy this episode that you please spread the word about our Patreon so that they can access it (and future writing technique shows) as well. We’d love for these episodes to reach as many people as possible.

You can reach all of our Patreon episodes via the following link:

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Episode 114 of Speculate! — Ann Leckie Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 114 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Ann Leckie, focusing on her multiple award winning debut novel Ancillary Justice, as we speak to the author herself.  Ann talks about the genesis of AJ, her love for NaNoWriMo, and how she’s planning the second (and third) act for one of the most celebrated debut novels in the history of science fiction, and even manages to throw in some tidbits of writing advice and wisdom about adjusting to life after the publication of a breakthrough novel; her professionalism and positive outlook are both on display during this chat, and we hope you found it as enjoyable as we did.  If you like what you hear, please check back next week for our final show of the triptych as we look at a few of the writing techniques used in the novel.  As a reminder, both our writing technique shows and our Good, Bad and Ugly segments are only available to our Patreon supporters of $3 and up, so if you’re interested, please head over there so you won’t miss more from and about Ann–and thanks as always for your support!

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Episode 113 of Speculate! — Ann Leckie Novel Review (Ancillary Justice)

Welcome to Episode 113 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Ann Leckie, focusing on her debut novel Ancillary Justice–the first novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke awards in a single year.  Ancillary Justice plays with conventions of gender, points of view and mediations on empire, and during the course of our response we talk about the power of a great concept, excellent worldbuilding and engaging character development.  If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll talk to the author herself about the process of writing this book.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Jim Butcher is now live at our Patreon!

The latest of Speculate Sf’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is now up on our Patreon, this one with our recent guest, Jim Butcher, who talks about his first time meeting his agent, Jennifer Jackson, and perseverance even in the face of busted knuckles.

Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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Episode 112 of Speculate! — Interview with Jim Butcher

Welcome to Episode 112 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we sit down for a chat with Jim Butcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series.  We talk about what it’s like to put together a long-running series of books (in the case of Dresden, over fourteen books and ten years to date), how to build a long-term career, and why Jim likes games so much…and how his writing has helped him be a better game player.  We also discuss his future work, including an interesting sneak peek at his upcoming Cinder Spires series.  We had a really great time with this discussion, and we hope you enjoyed it too–if so, don’t forget to check back in the next two weeks when we’ll start our triptych of shows on Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: The hits keep coming as we taped our third Good, Bad and Ugly segment as a part of this interview, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  If you’re interested in hearing that and/or in supporting the show in general, please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Margot Atwell and Michael J. Sullivan

The first of Speculate Sf’s new segments—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—is now up on our Patreon. Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie

The latest of Speculate Sf’s new segments—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—is now up on our Patreon. Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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