Tag Archives: Genre Fiction

Tobias Buckell on the (New) Art of The Xenowealth Saga

1 Sep The Apocalypse Ocean by Tobias Buckell

In 2006, I came out with my first novel in the US, a somewhat hard-to-categorize (I’m told, I think it makes perfect sense, I wrote it after all) science fiction novel with Caribbean peoples settled on an alien world that have long since lost touch with their home world. That was Crystal Rain. I alternated between calling it Caribbean steampunk (a few years early, I think, for steampunk) and Caribbean SF.

It had a cover I adored — created by the amazing Todd Lockwood, a well known fantasy artist who’s work is amazing. I have a print of the art framed on my wall:  an airship above a verdant forest being chased by another distant ship. But when the novel came out, booksellers emailed me to say that the cover looked like the book was a fantasy, creating confusion among casual browsers. Core SF readers didn’t want to pick up the book. Fantasy readers put it down when they realized what it was. Continue reading

220. Wesley Chu (a.k.a. Spymaster 1000) — The Rebirths of Tao (An Interview at CONvergence)

28 Aug

Symbiotic organisms, trilogy monsters, and gear switching, oh my!  The always humorous Wesley Chu joins the crew at CONvergence to talk about writing a trilogy, his upcoming novel, The Rebirths of Tao, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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The Lives of Toa and the Deaths of Toa by Wesley Chu

 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.

Book Review: Last God Standing

26 Aug Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Lando Calrissian Darnell Cooper is a standup comic in Chicago. He has a lovely girlfriend, Surabhi, and two feuding separated parents; he’s just trying to be like one of us. Lando, however, is also the decanted incarnation of the retired god Yahweh, the God of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Mormons. What is God trying to do being a stand-up comic in Chicago?  Trying to make a living at being an ex-God, that is.

Power abhors a vacuum, however, and Lando’s mostly deactivated status as a deity means that the rest of the retired and supplanted gods out there can smell blood in the water. A chance to get back on top, perhaps? Or just eliminate the God of the Hebrews and re-establish the old order.  Worse, there are hints that a new power, a new God for the age, might be looking to eliminate the competition and the old regime — to wit, Lando. And all Lando wants to do is find the right time and moment to propose to his girlfriend. Oh, and to kill them on stage. Continue reading

219. Kameron Hurley (a.k.a. The Patriarchy Smarsher) — The Mirror Empire (An Interview at CONvergence)

25 Aug

Grimdarkiness, mirrors, and patriarchy smarshing, oh my!  With a two Hugo Award wins nomination under her belt, Kameron Hurley joins the crew for a heart to heart about her new novel, The Mirror Empire.  We tackle the political nature of fiction, Grimdark, feminism, and silly things.

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The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

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.

218. Live at CONvergence w/ Martha Wells and Carrie Patel

22 Aug

World SF, the secret history of genre, and live audiences, oh my!  In this special episode, Paul, Mike, David, and Shaun are joined by Martha Wells and Carrie Patel for a live recording of show!  Shenanigans may ensue…

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

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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.

Book Review: The Silk Map, A Gaunt and Bone Novel, by Chris Willrich

21 Aug SilkMap

Come, come, sit by the hearth here with me. This fine traveler’s compound doesn’t get much traffic this time of the year. The snows are threatening to close the passes to the west of us. You *are* going  home to the West, of course.  How did I know? No, no I am no sorcerer or magic user. I don’t need such things. The color of your skin, similar to mine. The cut of your clothes. The manner of your speech, when you bargained with the innkeeper for food, drink and a room. The load of porcelain and jade you are carrying, as evidenced by the small white jade ring you have kept for yourself and are wearing on your left hand. The manner of your shoes. I notice these things, I’m a storyteller. I notice details. And, as you see, the common room here is relatively empty.

I find that my skills are best honed when I practice them, and I’ve not been able to ply my trade. I’d like to tell you a story.  No, I wouldn’t say no to you buying me another cup of wine, you are very kind. Now, I heard this story from a storyteller named Chris, of the family of Willrich. A fine man, Chris. He tells tales of a poet and a deathless thief, Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone, a married couple, who adventure across the world. You’ve heard of them already, perhaps? Their adventure against the sorcerer Spawnsworth, maybe? The story I want to tell you on this cold night, though, is about their adventure on a Silk Road very much like this one. It begins in the western part of Qiangguo…

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216. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. the Soul Merchant) — The Craft Sequence (An Interview at ICFA)

18 Aug

The desire called capitalism, soul currency, and nerdgasms, oh my!  The endlessly enjoyable Max Gladstone joins us to talk about the world of  his Craft series, the wild economics of selling souls, and other nerdiness.

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 Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

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.

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