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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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Episode 106 of Speculate! — Holly Black Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 106 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of bestselling author Holly Black, specifically her newest novel The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, as we speak to the author herself.  Holly chats about her fascination with vampire books, reality shows, and collaborations, along with the things she wanted to focus on in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and her writing process in general, and we hope you’ll find it as interesting 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.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: We’re down to the last couple of days in our Kickstarter, and we need all of your help to make our goal.  If you’ve already supported and spread the word about it, thanks so much, and if you haven’t, please head over now–it’ll be over in just over 48 hours from now.  Thanks again!

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Episode 104 of Speculate! — Interview with Amber Benson

Welcome to Episode 104 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we chat for the second time with actor, director and writer Amber Benson about a variety of projects, from the upcoming film Blood Kiss (co-starring Neil Gaiman) to Amber’s new series with Ace/Roc, The Witches of Echo Park. Amber also talks about her gradual transition from acting to directing, why having the chance to get lost in creation is a joy rather than an addiction, and some of the pros and cons of crowdfunding. As always, Amber is interesting and engaging, and we hope you’ll enjoy the interview as much as we did. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll begin a triptych of shows on The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the latest standalone novel from Holly Black. Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: Speaking of Kickstarters, we’re almost halfway through ours, and though many of you have generously supported us and spread the word (thanks so much!), we still need everyone’s help to make our goal. If you haven’t already, please check out, support and spread the word about the Kickstarter–and thanks so much as always!

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Episode 103 — Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks Talk Comics – Part 2 of 2

In this episode, part 2 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 andRed 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.

Part 1 can be found here: Episode 102.

Also, we have now officially launched the Speculate Kickstarter! We’re looking for help to keep Speculate! running and to bring it to the next level. Check out the Kickstarter itself for details on backing levels. You can also listen in on Episode 101 to learn more about what we’re offering for you, our listeners, in the Kickstarter!

Red Sonja Artwork:

Red Sonja Unchained

Red-Sonja-Unchained

 

Red Sonja Blue

RSBlueColor14

 

The Way of Shadows Character Sketches:

Durzo Blint and Kylar Stern

Durzo-and-Kylar

 

Kagé and Master Tulii

Kage-and-Tulii

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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

Red-Sonja-Unchained

 

Red Sonja Blue

RSBlueColor14

 

The Way of Shadows Character Sketches:

 

Durzo Blint and Kylar Stern

Durzo-and-Kylar

 

Kagé and Master Tulii

Kage-and-Tulii

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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 97 of Speculate! — Interview with Wesley Chu

Welcome to Episode 97 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with martial artist, stuntman, mild mannered IT professional and (of course) speculative fiction author Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao, and three upcoming books.  Among other things, we talk about Wes’s action scene choreography, why Lives of Tao is actually classified as a romance on Amazon, his upcoming set of books from TOR and his ability to bring Myke Cole and Justin Landon to their knees (literally) in a handstand competition!  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back for our next episode when we’ll begin a triptych of shows on Troubletwisters, the middle grade fantasy novel from Australian superstar authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams.  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 now open, 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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