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Congratulations to Nebula nominees!

We wanted to make sure we noted the nominations of former and future Speculate! guests Amal El-Mohtar (for “The Green Book,” which we discussed in Episodes 1, 2 and 3), Kij Johnson (for “Ponies,” which we discussed in Episodes 4, 5 and 6), and N.K. Jemisin (for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which we’ll be discussing in Episodes 8, 9 and 10) for the 2010 Nebula Awards!  We think the message is clear: show up on Speculate!, and award nominations are sure to follow…or maybe these people’s work is just really good (how about a combination of both factors? 🙂 ).  Either way, many congratulations to all the nominees–the awards ceremony itself will take place on May 21, 2011.

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Episode 3 of Speculate!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Episode 3 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk about some specific writing techniques used in the Apex stories discussed in the last two shows, both how they function within their respective stories and how proper use of them can help authors in their own works.  If you enjoy the show, please come back for our next episode, where we’ll be beginning a whole new series of discussions, interviews and analysis of a prominent speculative fiction author.  And as always, please continue to spread the word about the show!

Note: Please be aware that this episode features several excerpts from the stories, one of which uses adult language.

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Episode 2 of Speculate!

Hello again,

Welcome to the second episode of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we talk to two of the authors from the Apex issue discussed in Episode 1, Amal El-Mohtar and Saladin Ahmed, and find out more about their writing process, the link between the personal and the political, and their thoughts on the future of Arabic and Islamic themes within speculative fiction.  If you enjoy the interview, please check out the work of both authors, and make sure to come back for Episode 3, where we’ll discuss some of the nitty-gritty of the writing technique in the Apex stories.  And of course, please continue to spread the word about the show!

Update from Brad: I mentioned I would post a bit more about the Starry Heaven workshop, the format of which was based on the Blue Heaven workshop, started by Charles Coleman Finlay. It’s a very repeatable format, and in fact I’m using the format to run the Wellspring Writing Workshop this year in Lake Geneva, WI.

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Episode 1 of Speculate!

Hi all,

Welcome to the first episode of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In our inaugural episode, Brad and I look at Issue #18 of Apex Magazine, an issue dedicated to Arabic and/or Islamic-themed fiction and poetry, and discuss three stories in particular: “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar, “50 Fatwas for the Virtuous Vampire” by Pamela K. Taylor, and “The Faithful Soldier, Prompted” by Saladin Ahmed.  If you like what you hear, make sure you check out Episode 2, where we’ll interview the authors themselves–and if you really like what you hear, please spread the word about the show!

Update – 12/30/10 – In this episode, we tried (and clearly failed) to recall when the Elizabeth Moon/WisCon kerfuffle all went down. We blame our inability to remember on first show jitters. For clarity’s sake, we’d like to make it clear that it was shortly after Moon’s blog post on September 11th, 2010.

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