The Speculate! Kickstarter is now live!

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We’ve just launched our first Kickstarter to support the upcoming season of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans! You can go directly to the Kickstarter page to watch our video, and to see the rewards, stretch goals, and project info. You can also listen to Episode 101, where Greg and I talk about the Kickstarter and why we’re running it.

If you could take a moment to spread the word on your social networks, we would very much appreciate it. With your help, we’re sure this is going to be a great success.

As always, we thank you for your continued support!

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Episode 102 — Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks Talk Comics

In this episode, part 1 of a 2-part series, epic fantasy powerhouses Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks sit down and talk comics, including Peter’s Red Sonja projects, Red Sonja Blue and Red Sonja Unchained, and the graphic novel adaptation of Brent’s, The Way of Shadows. We talk about the process of adapting novels into graphic form, about giving up control, and things unique to the graphic form. It’s a great episode for any fan of the graphic novels and adapting your work. Be sure to tune in next week for Episode 103, when we conclude our two-part interview with Peter and Brent.

Also, we’re only a few days away from the launch of the Speculate Kickstarter! We’re looking for help to keep Speculate! running and to bring it to the next level. Listen in on Episode 101 to learn more about what we’re offering for you, our listeners, in the Kickstarter, and be sure to tune in on May 13th for the launch!

Red Sonja Artwork:

 

Red Sonja Unchained

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Red Sonja Blue

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The Way of Shadows Character Sketches:

 

Durzo Blint and Kylar Stern

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Kagé and Master Tulii

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Episode 101 of Speculate!–Kickstarter Announcement!

Welcome to Episode 101 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we make a major announcement concerning the future of Speculate–our Kickstarter! That’s right, we’ve decided to dive into the Kickstarter waters, and in this show we describe all the stretch goals, pledge levels, and other goodies which await you if you’re willing to support us with a contribution. The Kickstarter will launch on May 13th, and as soon as the page goes live we’ll link to it here. Until then, thanks as always for tuning in, spreading the word, and (we hope) supporting the show via our Kickstarter!

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Episode 100 of Speculate! — Garth Nix and Sean Williams Writing Discussion

Welcome to Episode 100 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we reflect for a bit on the hundred shows we’ve done over the past three plus years before concluding our triptych of shows on the work of Garth Nix and Sean Williams with a discussion of some of the writing techniques used in their novel Troubletwisters; we consider things like layered worldbuilding, methods of designing magic systems, developing bridge characters and creating initial conditions, along with other writing-oriented concepts.  If you like what you see and hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll be interviewing Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks on new graphic novel projects coming soon from both authors.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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Episode 99 of Speculate! — Garth Nix and Sean Williams Author Discussion

                   

Welcome to Episode 99 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Garth Nix and Sean Williams, specifically their book (from the series of the same name) Troubletwisters.  As we had expected, Garth and Sean have a lot of interesting things to say about the state of the middle grade and young adult markets, what young people can and can’t handle in terms of difficult subject matter, and who really is the king of speculative fiction in Australia (minor spoiler: this question really isn’t resolved during the interview).  It all adds up to an interesting and fun conversation, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  If so, remember to check back next week for our final show of the triptych, focusing on some of the writing techniques used in Troubletwisters.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note:  Nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards are only open until this Monday at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and Speculate is eligible to be nominated in the Best Fancast category.  If you’re a voting member of either last year’s, this year’s or next year’s Worldcon, you’re eligible to make Hugo nominations, and we’d be honored if you would nominate us for Best Fancast.  Please go here for more details, spread the word, and thanks so much as always for your support!

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Episode 98 of Speculate! — Garth Nix and Sean Williams Novel Review (Troubletwisters)

Welcome to Episode 98 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Garth Nix and Sean Williams, two of the most famous speculative fiction authors in Australia and both veterans of the middle grade and young adult markets, focusing on their book Troubletwisters–the first book in an SFF series with the same name.  Featuring an unusual combination of elements from authors like P.L. Travers and Stephen King, the novel gives us a chance to look not just at what makes a book work for its readers but also who its readers really are…and whether that’s changed over the years, especially in the middle grade market.  If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll interview Garth and Sean about both this book and the series as a whole.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

Additional Note:  Nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards are only open for another ten days, and Speculate is eligible to be nominated in the Best Fancast category.  If you’re a voting member of either last year’s, this year’s or next year’s Worldcon, you’re eligible to make Hugo nominations, and we’d be honored if you would nominate us for Best Fancast.  Please go here for more details, spread the word, and thanks so much as always for your support!

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Episode 96 of Speculate! — Interview with Mike Selinker

Welcome to Episode 96 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we interview world class game designer and founder of Lone Shark Games, Mike Selinker, about the imminent release of his game novel The Maze of Games.  We get the chance to talk about some of the principles of game design, how Mike’s game fans are equally interested in the other aspects of his creative life (and what that means for creators in general), and why he wishes he had only broken his arm once (it’s a funny story).  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back for our next episode when we’ll have an interview with speculative fiction author Wesley Chu.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 95 of Speculate! — Interview with Myke Cole

Welcome to Episode 95 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we return to interviewing others with a new interview of Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series and its just released third book, Breach Zone.  This is the second time Myke has been on the show, and he’s just as entertaining this time around; we cover topics like his love of conventions, why Dungeons and Dragons was (and is) so important to him, how he has developed as a writer during the course of the Shadow Ops series and why he always writes “scared”…and why, when depression or tragedy hits, his policy is to feel sorry for himself, pick himself up, sit down and get right back to work.  As always, Myke is an engaging guest, and we hope you’ll find the discussion as interesting as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have an interview up with the game designer Mike Selinker, author of the new game novel The Maze of Games.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

GREG’S NOTE:  Just a friendly reminder that the Kickstarter for my graphic novel Icarus is about halfway finished, and with two weeks to go, you still have time to get on board!  We’ve got a lot of great stretch goal authors, artists and even game designers, and the more people that get involved the bigger and better the project will get.  So please head here, back Icarus and spread the word–and thanks so much!

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Episode 94 of Speculate! — Interview with Gregory Wilson

Welcome to Episode 94 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode Greg takes his turn on the other side of the mic as Brad and friend of the show Michael Underwood interview him about his approach to writing, his graphic novel Icarus (currently being funded on Kickstarter) and the process of working with an artist and other creative professionals, his music, and even his love for gaming (and streaming it!) on Twitch TV.  We had a great time doing these interviews, and hope you find it interesting to learn some more details about your humble hosts.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll be interviewing Myke Cole about his upcoming book Shadow Ops: Breach Zone.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 93 of Speculate! — Interview with Brad Beaulieu

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Welcome to Episode 93 of Speculate!  The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode Greg and mutual friend (and veteran SFF author) Brenda Cooper turn the microphone around and interview Speculate! co-host Brad Beaulieu about his inspirations, his use of language, and his love of ships (among many other things) in The Lays of Anuskaya series and his upcoming Song of the Shattered Sands series, as well as a few insights into his middle grade series in progress.  We even get Brad to give some advice on how to promote oneself without being obnoxious about it…sometimes a difficult skill to master!  If you like what you hear, make sure to check back next week when Greg will take his turn on the hot seat.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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