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Episode 54 of Speculate! – Saladin Ahmed Writing Discussion

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Welcome back for Episode 54 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we conclude our quadtych of shows on the work of Saladin Ahmed with a look at some of the specific writing techniques used in his debut novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, focusing on narrative pace and character description, misdirection, filling in the world, character development, and cultural portrayals.  If you enjoy what you hear, don’t forget to check back soon for a series of short interviews from GenCon and the Wellspring workshop.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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Episode 53 of Speculate! – Saladin Ahmed Author Interview

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Welcome to Episode 53 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we continue our trademarked “quadtych” of shows on Throne of the Crescent Moon, the new sword and sorcery book by Saladin Ahmed, with an interview of the author himself. Saladin was one of our first interviews, way back in Episode 2, and it was fun to catch up with him now that he’s a published novelist. We talk to Saladin about his inspirations, the place of politics in fiction, and one of the many Easter eggs in Throne. Easter egg, you say? Yes, but you’ll need to listen to the episode to find out what. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll discuss writing technique inspired by our read of Throne of the Crescent Moon. Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 52 of Speculate! – Betsy Wollheim Editor Interview

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Welcome back for Episode 52 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our sequence of shows on Throne of the Crescent Moon, the new sword and sorcery book by Saladin Ahmed, with an interview of DAW Books president, editor-in-chief and veteran observer of the field Betsy Wollheim.  In this discussion Betsy explains what she enjoyed the most about editing Saladin’s book, but also ventures farther afield to talk about her general editorial philosophy, what authors most need to remember about what they choose to write and what the future of the industry looks like–and why she’s bullish on the potential of E-books and digital publishing. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll interview Saladin himself.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 51 of Speculate! – Saladin Ahmed Novel Review (Throne of the Crescent Moon)

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Welcome back for Episode 51 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we begin a new triptych plus one (is that a quadtych?) of shows on the work of Saladin Ahmed, who previously appeared on Episode 2 of Speculate! as we discussed one of his short stories; this time we’re looking at his debut novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, a sword and sorcery tale which NPR calls “Lord of the Rings meets Arab Spring.”  With a line like that, how could we resist taking our own look at a book with dervishes, ghuls, and a fantastic city with an Arabian flair?  If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll be conducting an interview with the book’s editor, DAW president Betsy Wollheim.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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Episode 3 of Speculate!

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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!

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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!

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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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