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My Superpower: Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus)

24 Feb Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Kristi Charish to talk about how the power of molecular biology relates to Owl and the Japanese Circus.

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Don’t worry, I’ll save you! I’m a Molecular Biologist.

That’s right. Sit back and let me tell you about the highly underrated profession known as molecular biology. First and foremost, our degrees start with a modest BSc — note the B and S are capitalized (as Erik Williams pointed out while back, an expert ranking in BS is an essential skill set for becoming a writer).

Want to survive the imminent apocalypse burgeoning on the horizon? While everyone else is stockpiling weapons, ammo, and canned goods us molecular biologists have everyone beat. We’ll be figuring out how to purify water, grow food, and synthesize antibiotics…Heck, with our collective minds, we’ll have a fully functional biodome up and running in no time, distillery and all (we’re talking about molecular biologists after all). A collective of highly educated researchers and molecular engineers living in peace and harmony while the apocalypse rages on outside… Continue reading

My Superpower: N.P. Griffiths (Isabella’s Heiress)

21 Feb 9781909477759-Perfect_Isabllea Heiress.indd

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome N.P. Griffiths to talk about how the power of patience relates to Isabella’s Heiress.

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What is my superpower? Hmmm…this is a difficult one. I’m pretty sure everybody can write, and most people have an imagination which they use for anything from choosing an exotic location for a holiday to picturing their team winning a title or holding up a trophy. Admittedly, that last one requires a more active imagination for some than others (tragically, this includes me, as being a West Ham United and Houston Texan’s fan is a painful combination if ever there was one), so it’s not either of these.

I suppose I could say that it is a clear vision of what it is I want to bring to the page, but that isn’t true either as I am never too sure what’s coming next when I write. That is constantly informed by the character’s actions before I reach that stage. Continue reading

My Superpower: Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker)

11 Feb Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Arwen Elys Dayton to talk about how the power of temporary hyperdrive relates to Seeker.

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My new book, Seeker, is set in the near future in Scotland and Hong Kong. The teens in this story have spent years on a remote estate, undergoing often brutal training with some really interesting weapons. All of this is to become a Seeker, one who uses this special training and weaponry to make the world better and more fair — the characters look on their calling as something like a futuristic version of the Knights Templar, committed to doing what’s right.

Naturally, as the author of this story, it would be awesome if I had a special ability with weapons or hand to hand combat or languages or anything related to the book. I would love to be one of my characters. I did watch a lot of Bruce Lee films as a kid; I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the weapons section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and I went to a very international high school, so I can swear in a lot of different languages…but unfortunately, I don’t think any of these traits rise to superpower level. Continue reading

251. Karen Lord (a.k.a. Captain Civilization) — The Galaxy Game (An Interview)

6 Feb

Scifi parkour, social strife, and psychic powers, oh my!  Karen Lord returns to the Skiffy and Fanty underground compound to discuss her newest novel, The Galaxy Game, the standalone sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds.  We discuss writing the personal and the political, Karen’s worlds, bringing academic training to the book world, and the wicked cool game Lord created for her novel — and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 251 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:.

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

My Superpower: Harry Connolly (The Way Into Chaos)

5 Feb The Way Into Chaos cover

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Harry Connolly to talk about how the power of intense focus relates to The Way Into Chaos.

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My superpower is a little different from most. It’s not something I can do, and it’s not a way I can bend the universe to to what I need it to do. In fact, my superpower is a sort of invulnerability.

It’s this: I’m not paying attention to you.

That’s it. That’s my power. I’m not paying attention. A boring teacher in a boring class? Their lessons bounce right off. Trying to bend my ear about your favorite programming language/why Tom Bombadil should have been in the LOTR movies/why this season of Doctor Who sucks—again—but you still have hope for the next one? None of that even registers. The words just ricochet off me. I’m not listening. I’m probably not looking at you, either. Continue reading

250. Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu at ICFA

4 Feb

Science Fiction World, secret phone calls, and written madness, oh my! Last year, we had the distinct pleasure of talking with Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu about their work, award nominations, Chinese science fiction and Science Fiction World, translation, and much more.  This is the last of our recordings from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts; we hope you’ve enjoyed all of them!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 250 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:.

Note:  I mention something about English-language authors who translate from English to Chinese and sell primarily in the Chinese market. I can’t seem to find anything about that, so either I was mistaken in hearing it on Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing or it is incredibly uncommon. If you have any information that might help, please let me know. Otherwise, forget I said it.

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

My Superpower: E.L. Tettensor (Master of Plagues)

3 Feb Master of Plagues by E.L. Tettensor

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome E.L. Tettensor to talk about how the power of teleportation relates to Master of Plagues.

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My superpower is teleportation. Cool, right? In the blink of an eye – bamf! – I’m somewhere completely different.

Not physically, of course. That wouldn’t work. I get motion sickness.

Mentally, though, I can transport myself anywhere, anytime. Even better, I can be in two places at once. One version of me might be sitting across from you at brunch, listening politely as you recount your latest misadventures with Tinder, while another me – the one enjoying herself – is planning an epic battle, deciding whether that flanking manoeuvre is going to be enough to save our heroes, or whether they’ll need more siege engines. Continue reading

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