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Episode 160 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Patrick Rothfuss

Welcome to Episode 160 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, we continue our second joint production of Speculate and Greg’s Twitch channel (under the moniker Arvan Eleron) as we discuss the world of Numenera and writing for video games in general with bestselling author and inXile Entertainment‘s Torment: Tides of Numenera contributor Patrick Rothfuss.  In the first part of the show, we talked more about Numenera specifically with Monte Cook and Shanna Germain; here, we continue that conversation with Pat, but also get into more depth about video games as a storytelling medium, the communal vs. the solitary experience of storytelling, and comic writing.  This was a really fascinating conversation, and as always Pat is extremely engaging and thoughtful; we hope you find it as interesting as we did!  If you’d like to see the video version of this, head to Greg’s Twitch YouTube channel, and if you liked what you saw and heard, don’t forget to check back soon as we get ready to start on a new triptych of shows. Thanks for supporting us here and via our growing Patreon, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 159 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Monte Cook, Shanna Germain, and Patrick Rothfuss

     

Welcome to Episode 159 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, our second joint production of Speculate and Greg’s Twitch channel (under the moniker Arvan Eleron), we return to the world of Numenera and inXile Entertainment‘s Torment: Tides of Numenera as we speak with world designer Shanna Germain, world creator Monte Cook, and bestselling author and Torment contributor Patrick Rothfuss.  Having already looked at some of the gameplay and mechanics in our first Numenera episode, here we concentrate more directly on the parts of the world connected to writing and narrative, focusing on worldbuilding, character development, and the translation of a world from tabletop RPG to literature to video game and back again.  This conversation was so much fun and gave us so much material, we had to split it into two parts, the second almost exclusively with Pat alone.  If you’d like to see the video version of this, head to Greg’s Twitch YouTube channel, and if you liked what you saw and heard, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll post part two of the show.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

ADDITIONAL NOTE: The time for Hugo nominations is just about over, and we’re pleased to see that Speculate has made several long lists for Best Fancast.  We would dearly love to see the show get nominated for that honor this year, and so we wanted to remind all of our loyal listeners that if you have enjoyed what we do over the years and are so inclined, we would welcome your support. If you’re a member of last year’s, this year’s, or next year’s Worldcon, you’re eligible to nominate, and can do so herebut only before the end of the day on Thursday, March 31st.  So please go and nominate now, and if we’re on your list under the Best Fancast category, we would be most grateful!

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Episode 155 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Colin McComb and George Ziets

  

Welcome to Episode 155 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, our first ever joint production of Speculate and Greg’s Twitch channel (under the moniker Arvan Eleron), we chat with veteran computer game developers and writers Colin McComb and George Ziets, from inXile Entertainment, about their upcoming computer game Torment: Tides of Numenera. Although our show remains focused on writing, story, and narrative, there are many games which are beginning to focus on those elements, and Torment (the spiritual successor to the phenomenal Planescape: Torment) is in the vanguard of that movement, emphasizing story above combat and many other RPG standards.  We talk about that with Colin and George, along with many other aspects of game design as it applies to a world as bizarre and wide-ranging as Monte Cook‘s Numenera, all while Greg plays through an early build of the game on stream.  This was a wonderful experience, and we’re looking forward to doing a few more of these joint shows in the future.  If you’d like to see the video version of this, head to Greg’s Twitch YouTube channel, and if you liked what you saw and heard, don’t forget to check back in a few weeks when we’ll have one more Torment related show with several other guests.  And make sure to stop by for our new triptych of shows coming soon on Emmi Itaranta‘s Memory of Water!  If you haven’t done so already, please consider supporting our Patreon, where you can get even more content from Speculate every month.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 154 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Aaron Rosenberg and Lawrence Schoen

     

Welcome to Episode 154 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, part of our Paths to Publication series, we chat with two veterans of speculative fiction who have seen the industry from many different perspectives over the years: Aaron Rosenberg and Lawrence Schoen.  We look at the differences between small and larger presses, what’s involved with media tie-in work and the crossover potential between that work and original fiction, writing for games as opposed to writing literature, and many other topics, and in general we found this to be a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion.  If you enjoyed it as we did, don’t forget to check back soon for a conversation recorded live with some authors at the Farpoint convention in Baltimore, another triptych, and a couple of brand-new live recording events the details of which we can’t wait to share…and if you haven’t done so already, please consider supporting our Patreon, where you can get even more content from Speculate every month.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 150 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Elizabeth Bear and Daryl Gregory

    

Welcome to Episode 150 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, part of our Paths to Publication series, we talk about the changes in the industry from the perspective of two veteran and multiple award-winning authors who have been at this for a while: Elizabeth Bear and Daryl Gregory.  We cover some of the differences between writing short and long fiction, the thought that goes into building a career from the beginning, and what authors can (and can’t) get from attending live events like conferences and conventions.  Both of these authors are as engaging as they are respected in the field, and we really enjoyed our chat with them–if you felt the same, we hope you’ll check back soon for another series of shows, including a new triptych early in the new year.  And as this will probably be our final show in 2015, all of us here at Speculate would like to wish you and yours the very best for a peaceful and happy holiday season, and look forward to having you back next month when we begin our sixth year of production!  Remember, both our writing technique shows and the Good, Bad and Ugly segments (including a new one from this episode) are only available to our Patreon supporters, so please head over there to hear more.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 149 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion about SerialBox Publishing with Max Gladstone, Ellen Kushner, and Julian Yap

                            

Welcome to Episode 149 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk about a new publisher with a new approach to serialized fiction, SerialBox Publishing, with its founder Julian Yap and two of its well-known authors, Ellen Kushner and Max Gladstone.  Julian and his veteran authors discuss the reasons this approach is finding favor in the market, what challenges and benefits arise from writing (and directing) serialized fiction in Ellen’s Tremontaine and Max’s Bookburners, and what the future holds for this format.  All three guests convey the interest and value of SerialBox really well during the discussion, and we hope you enjoyed learning about it as much as we did.  If so, don’t forget to check back soon for a discussion with Elizabeth Bear and Daryl Gregory in our Paths to Publication series–and if you haven’t already, please check out our Patreon and consider becoming a patron so you can get access to even more content and we can continue to bring you analysis of the best authors, editors, and artists in speculative fiction.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 146 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Kelly Swails and Marc Tassin

  

Welcome to Episode 146 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk about conferences, conventions, and writing tracks with veteran authors and writing track leads Kelly Swails (the Origins Library) and Marc Tassin (the Gen Con Writers’ Symposium), looking at how face to face interactions and networking can be valuable for aspiring authors, especially in an age of online communication…to say nothing of the skills one learns in the process!  We also talk about Kelly’s new novel This May Go On Your Permanent Record and Marc’s world of Aetaltis.  We also make a very important (and awesome!) announcement concerning the future of Speculate, so make sure to stick around for that at the end of the show.  Marc and Kelly have a good deal of experience in the industry, and we enjoyed getting their take on the current situation for authors in the speculative fiction field–we hope you liked it as much as we did, and if so, don’t forget to check back soon for the first of two shows on Daniel Polansky‘s The Builders, recently out from Tor.com.  And don’t forget that our Good, Bad and Ugly segments (including one from Marc and Kelly from this very discussion) are only available to our Patreon supporters, so please head over there to hear more from our guests.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 145 of Speculate!–Roundtable Discussion with Adam Rakunas and Patrick Tomlinson

   

Welcome to Episode 145 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk about comedy, live readings, science fiction, and performative writing with authors Adam Rakunas and Patrick Tomlinson, both with debut novels from Angry Robot either just out or on the way.  We discuss the ways the “performative” experience and writing experience are linked, and how both Adam and Pat made their ways down a rather winding road to publication…and how their stories might be connected to those of other aspiring authors looking to be published.  We enjoyed this conversation with two funny and dynamic authors, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  If you liked what you heard, don’t forget to check back soon for our roundtable discussion with Kelly Swails and Marc Tassin, both authors and heads of writing tracks at the Origins and Gen Con conventions, respectively.  We’ll also have a special announcement on that show, so make sure to tune in!  And don’t forget that our Good, Bad and Ugly segments (including one from Adam and Pat from this very discussion) are only available to our Patreon supporters, who have had some new folks join the ranks recently–so please head over there to hear more from our guests.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 144 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel

            

Welcome to Episode 144 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk about reading series and short stories with the legendary editor Ellen Datlow and author/editor Matthew Kressel, who co-host the KGB Fantastic Fiction series in New York City, looking at how each of our guests got involved in hosting KGB, how reading series have changed over the years, and what the live experience offers which other more canned or isolated experiences don’t.  We also talk about the process of constructing an anthology, and the difference between short and long fiction from a writing perspective.  We really enjoyed this conversation with two very interesting and active people in the genre, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  If you liked what you heard, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have a roundtable discussion with Adam Rakunas and Patrick Tomlinson.  And don’t forget that our Good, Bad and Ugly segments (including one from Ellen and Matt from this very conversation!) are only available to our Patreon supporters–so please head over there to hear more from our guests.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Episode 133 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with John Anealio and Peter Orullian

             

Welcome to Episode 133 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk speculative fiction and music with podcaster/musician John Anealio and writer/musician Peter Orullian, looking at how to write music in speculative fiction believably, how music has informed our work (and, in some cases, vice versa), and why music and its literary representation has its intangible but undeniable impact on us as listeners and readers.  We really enjoyed this discussion (and Greg in particular had fun talking a different kind of “shop” with fellow musicians!), which ran a bit longer than normal–but we hope you’ll agree with us that it was worth the extra time.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back soon when we’ll begin our triptych of shows on Ken Liu‘s The Grace of Kings.  And don’t forget that our Good, Bad and Ugly segments (including one from Peter here) are only available to our Patreon supporters, so please head over there to hear more about our guests and their work.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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