Terrifying malls, time traveling serial killers, and renegade spaceships, oh my! Authors Alex Latimer, Lauren Beukes, and Sarah Lotz join Julia and Shaun for an in-depth discussion about South African SF, from the influences of Apartheid on contemporary SA literature to the film industry to fandom and publishing. You won’t want to miss this one!
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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):
- Our Guests
- Alex Latimer (Author of numerous picture books and The Space Race, which involves apartheid, nuclear weapons, and a race to the moon)
- Sarah Lotz (Author of The Three, which is about plane crashes and creepy kids. Also writes under other names)
- Lauren Beukes (Author of several books including The Shining Girls, which is about time traveling serial killers, and the forthcoming Broken Monsters)
- Additional Notes:
- Nick Wood has written a lot about South African SF http://nickwood.frogwrite.co.nz/?page_id=530
- J.M. Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians
- Science Fiction and Fantasy South Africa http://nickwood.frogwrite.co.nz/?page_id=530 (Lauren has judged the short story contest)
- rAge gaming convention (where Lauren went dressed as Cheetara from Thundercats): http://www.rageexpo.co.za/
- Another South African Gaming Site: http://www.rpg.co.za/
- http://www.roomtoread.org/page.aspx?pid=320 claims that 80% of schools lacked Libraries in 2012.
- Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (zombie apocalypse entertaining novel, but also political)
- The Mall by S.L. Grey (one of Sarah’s pen names) and Louis Greenberg dealing with consumerism and the divide between rich and poor.
- World Reader gives free tablets to people to encourage reading (not SA based, but a very cool idea!)
- Night Drive is a South African horror movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1610394/ (This is really gross and culturally insensitive, so approach with caution)
- short film based on Charlie Human’s short story… No More Heroes (not sure where to find this)
- South African nuclear weapons information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction
- South African Space Program http://repository.uwc.ac.za/xmlui/handle/10566/155
- South African Rocketry: http://www.sarocketry.co.za/index.html
- Lauren’s fact checking Twitter bananza (literacy rates, etc.)(check this out if you want accurate stats for some of the things we discuss in the episode)
- Where to buy SA books:
- booklounge.co.za — you can order South African books from here.
- Author recommendations:
- Diane Awerbuck — Home Remedies (recommended by Alex)
- Louis Greenberg — Dark Windows set in future South Africa
- Something Wicked magazine
- Bloody Parchment anthology and Bloody Harvest anthology
- Jungle Gym magazine
- Andrew Solomon — Tokolosh Song
- Edyth Bulbring
- Henrietta Rose-Innes
- Alex Smith
- SA Partridge
- Nerine Dorman
- Liam Kruger
- Miranda Sherry Black Dog Summer (like The Lovely Bones, but set in South Africa)
- Sam Wilson
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