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.

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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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Episode 111 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie

       

Welcome to Episode 111 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with authors Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie about working with small presses and the new landscape of publishing, particularly in the speculative fiction field–and find out what publishing in the worlds of Canada and tie-ins is really like.  This was another interesting discussion with two very active professionals, and we hope you enjoy it too.  We wrap up our series of interviews next week as we talk to bestselling author Jim Butcher about his work, then move into our next 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: We taped our second 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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Episode 110 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Margot Atwell and Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to Episode 110 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with Kickstarter Publishing Community Manager and publishing veteran (and star of the Wall Street Traitors roller derby team) Margot Atwell and speculative fiction author Michael J. Sullivan about Kickstarter and what the crowdfunding explosion means for authors and publishers in the long term.  We also get some details about what makes a successful publishing Kickstarter–and what can cause one to fail.  This was an interesting discussion with a lot of great insights from Margot and Michael, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  If so, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have the last of our “month of roundtables” with speculative fiction authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau, this one focusing on small presses.

Additional Note: As a part of this interview we also recorded our first Good, Bad and Ugly segment, a five minute discussion with insider stories from the publishing world, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  We’re really excited to share these extra bits of knowledge and experience with you, and we can if you’re willing to support us at less than $1 per show.  So please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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Episode 109 of Speculate! — Interview with Bill Willingham

Welcome to Episode 109 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we come to you live from Gen Con as we chat with comics veteran and graphic novelist Bill Willingham, creator of the runaway hit comic series Fables, about the movement between comics and games, the way a game differs (and has to differ) from its original source, and how he feels about that reality when it comes to The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games‘ game based on Fables.  We even get to hear his story about how Tim Powers has knowledge he just won’t ever share with Bill, and why Bill’s given up trying to get him to do it!  Bill was a member of the Writers’ Symposium and had panels with both of us this year, and we were really happy with this interesting and enlightening discussion.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have our roundtable discussion with Kickstarter Publishing Community Manager Margot Atwell and speculative fiction author Michael J. Sullivan; then it’s on to our discussion with authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau, an interview of Jim Butcher and a new 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: Our Patreon is still going strong, but we need your help to keep building it!  We’ve already been able to hire a dedicated audio editor to streamline our editing and posting process, but we’re just getting started; if you’re able to support the show for as little as $1 a month (and get a few cool perks in the process), please head here to pledge to the Patreon, and thanks!

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Episode 108 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with James L. Sutter and Mark Smylie

                  

Welcome to Episode 108 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we introduce our listeners to our new Patreon before moving on to the main portion of the episode, our roundtable discussion with author, editor and Pathfinder co-creator James L. Sutter and author, editor and publisher Mark Smylie.  We chat about a host of topics, including the importance of being able to move fluidly among mediums, what it means to have a brand, and whether a band is a requirement of awesomeness (minor spoiler: James and I think so, but Brad and Mark aren’t so sure).  We also talk a bit about the future of publishing and what authors need to think about now as they’re trying to break into the industry, and we get a bit of inside information about James’s new novel The Redemption Engine and Mark’s new novel The Barrow.  This was a longer show than usual for us, but it was such an interesting and entertaining conversation that we couldn’t help but keep the recording going, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have our interview with Jim Butcher posted.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Speculate! has a Patreon!

But Greg and Brad, you may be asking, what is a Patreon?

Patreon is a great new platform that allows fans to back content creators in a more modest and ongoing basis. All sorts of content creators—from online comics to musicians to artist to podcasts—are using the platform to raise funds to continue their efforts to bring their fans the content they love. We hope to do the same.

We think Patreon is perfect not only for us, but for you too, because it allows you to set a budget you’re comfortable with—in Speculate’s case, as little as $1/month. We think that’s a pretty good value, and we hope you’ll agree.

If you like the shows we deliver, please consider backing us on Speculate’s Patreon page. There’s a video that explains the Patreon, the different backing levels, our milestones, and what we hope to do with the funds. You can also back us there and check out more about Patreon. Remember, you can change or drop your backing level at any time.

As always, thank you for your support, and please spread the word about the new Patreon. It’s amazing how much a post or Tweet can help.

Your hosts,

Greg and Brad.

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