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The SF in SF Podcast
61 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
November 2019: Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz
This episode features two of the Bay Area’s most fascinating and entertaining authors, Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, in conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author and editor Terry Bisson. CHARLIE JANE ANDERS has written several novels. In 2005, she received the Lambda Literary Award for work in the transgender category, and in 2009, the Emperor Norton Award. Her 2011 novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won the 2012 Hugo and was a finalist for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. Her 2016 novel All the Birds in the Sky was listed No. 5 on Time magazine’s “Top 10 Novels” of 2016, won the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, the 2017 Crawford Award, and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel; it was also a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Her new book is The City In the Middle of the Night, published by Tor books. ANNALEE NEWITZ is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. They have written for the periodicals Popular Science and Wired. From 1999 to 2008 they wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation, and from 2000 to 2004 they were the culture editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2004 they became a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2008 to 2015 they were Editor-in-Chief of Gawker-owned media venture io9, and subsequently its direct descendant Gizmodo, Gawker’s design and technology blog. As of 2019, they are a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. Their new book is The Future of Another Timeline, published by Tor Books. Together, Charlie Jane and Annalee Newitz won the 2019 Hugo "Best Fancast" Award for their podcast. Our Opinions Are Correct.
82 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
October 2019: Garth Nix
An Evening with Garth Nix, with readings from his new book, "Angle Mage," with Q&A moderated by Terry Bisson Recorded Wednesday, October 2nd at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. Garths Brooks is one of the most popular young adult novelists in the genre field. His books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garths selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.
88 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
September 2019: Hannu Rajaniemi & Christopher Brown
We're back after skipping August for Worldcon! HANNU RAJANIEMI is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh. Early works included his first published short story “Shibuya no Love” in 2003 and his short story “Deus Ex Homine” in Nova Scotia, a 2005 anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy. His debut novel, The Quantum Thief, was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain and was published in 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S. The novel was been nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel. A further two books in the series, The Fractal Prince, and The Causal Angel, were published by Gollancz in the UK, and Tor in the U.S. CHRISTOPHER BROWN is a writer and lawyer living in Austin, Texas. His 2017 debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year. His current novel, Rule of Capture, is just out from Harper Voyager. Brown’s shorter work—stories, nonfiction, and criticism—has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Brown was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.
61 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
July 2019: Vylar Kaftan & Megan O’Keefe
VYLAR KAFTAN writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. She won a 2013 Nebula Award for her novella The Weight of the Sunrise, and a 2013 Sidewise Award for Short-Form Alternate History. She was also nominated for a 2010 Nebula Award for her short story, “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno”. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Clarkesworld. MEGAN O’KEEFE was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area of California. She’s won the Gemmell Morningstar Award for her fantasy debut, Steal the Sky. This episode is moderated by author Cliff Winnig.
78 minutes | Jul 20, 2019
June 2019: Loren Rhoads, Nancy Etchemendy and E. M. Markoff: Tales for the Camp Fire
In November 2018, fire broke out on Camp Creek Road and soon raced through Butte County, California. By the time the fire was finally extinguished, the town of Paradise had been scoured from the map. Nearly 100 people were dead. Damage ran to an estimated $16 billion. The disaster has been named the Camp Fire, in memory of its place of origin. The horror writers of Northern California rallied to raise money for the survivors. Tales for the Camp Fire ranges from fairy tale to science fiction, from psychological terror to magical realism, from splatterpunk to black humor, all rounded out by a messed-up post-apocalyptic cookbook. Through these pages roam werewolves, serial killers, a handful of ghosts, plenty of zombies, Cthulhu cultists, mad scientists, and a pair of conjoined twins. Writers Loren Rhoads, Nancy Etchemendy and E. M. Markoff will read from their stories, and an audience Q&A follows the readings.
100 minutes | May 15, 2019
April 2019: Peter Beagle and Jaymee Goh
PETER S. BEAGLE is the internationally bestselling and beloved, author of numerous classic fantasy novels and collections, including The Last Unicorn, Tamsin, The Line Between, Sleight of Hand, Summerlong, In Calabria, and most recently, The Overneath. He is the editor of The Secret History of Fantasy and the co-editor of The Urban Fantasy Anthology. His newest release is The Unicorn Anthology, released this month. JAYMEE GOH is a writer, reviewer, editor, and essayist of science fiction and fantasy. Her work has been published in a number of science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies. She wrote the blog Silver Goggles, an exploration of postcolonial theory through steampunk, and has contributed to Tor.com, Racialicious.com, and Beyond Victoriana. She graduated from the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in 2016, and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside, where she dissertated on steampunk and whiteness. Recorded live at The American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on Sunday April 28, 2019
92 minutes | Apr 27, 2019
March 2019: Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead
Nancy Kress is the author of 27 novels, three books on writing, four short story collections, and over 100 works of short fiction. While she never planned on becoming a writer, she started writing fiction in 1973, while pregnant with her second child; staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment! Her first story, “The Earth Dwellers,” appeared in Galaxy in 1976. Her first novel, The Prince of Morning Bells, appeared in 1981 from Pocket Books. Her fiction has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Croatian, Korean, Lithuanian, Chinese, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read. She married to writer Jack Skillingstead, our other guest tonight. Jack Skillingstead submitted a story, in 2001, to Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest. He won — and began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than 40 stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. Jack has also published two novels, Harbinger, which was nominated for a Locus Award for First Novel, and Life on the Preservation, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. In addition, his story collection, Are You There and Other Stories was also nominated for a Locus Award for Best Collection. Jack’s short story “Dead Worlds” was short-listed for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. In 2019 The Chaos Function will appear from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Tonight's moderator is Jacob Weisman, founder of Tachyon Publications.
75 minutes | Mar 24, 2019
February 2019: Anya Martin and Nick Mamatas
Readings and Q&A with the authors: Anya Martin Anya is a fiction writer based in Atlanta. Sleeping with the Monster, her debut short story collection, was published by Lethe Press in autumn 2018. She is a storyteller in prose, comics and journalism whose passion is delving into the whimsical and bitter truths of reality through the lens of the Weird, horror, magical realism and spec-lit. Nick Mamatas Nick is the author of "six and a half novels" in the genres of American horror, science fiction and fantasy. His fiction has been nominated for a number of awards, including several Bram Stoker Awards. His short fiction has appeared in genre publications such as Asimov's Science Fiction and Tor.com, lit journals including New Haven Review and subTERRAIN, and anthologies such as Hint Fiction and Best American Mystery Stories 2013.
115 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
January 2019: Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, Cecelia Holland
Recorded live at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on Sunday, January 20, 2019. There are three author readings followed by a discussion session. Hosted by Terry Bisson. KIM STANLEY ROBINSON is an American writer of science fiction. He has published 19 novels and many short stories but is best known for his Mars books. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.” HOWARD HENDRIX – Dr. Hendrix holds a Ph.D. and MA in English Literature from UC Riverside, and teaches at CSU Fresno, His novels Lightpaths, Standing Wave, Better Angels, and Empty Cities of the Full Moon are available on Audible.com. The Labyrinth Key, and The Spears of God were published by Ballantine Del Rey. Howard is a prolific short fiction writer, with the collection Human in the Circuit/Depth of Perception available from Borgo Press. His work appears in anthologies and in magazines, particularly in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, where he serves as a recurring guest editorialist. Dr. Hendrix served as Western Regional Director and two-term Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. CECELIA HOLLAND is an American historical fiction author, also well-known for her science fiction novel, Floating Worlds. Her first novel, The Firedrake, was published in 1966, and Holland has been a full-time professional writer ever since. Her character-driven plots, scrupulously researched, are often developed from the viewpoint of a male protagonist. With plenty of action (her battle scenes are noteworthy for their bottom-up viewpoint and understated verisimilitude), her work focuses primarily on the life of the mind—whatever that might mean in a particular culture—and especially on politics, in the broadest sense, whatever politics might be in a monarchical, feudal or tribal society. Holland lives in rural Humboldt County, CA. For ten years, Holland taught creative writing classes at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA. She was visiting professor of English at Connecticut College in 1979. Holland was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981–1982. Produced by Merin McDonell. Recorded and engineered by Rusty Hodge. Music by Haaj https://soundcloud.com/thehaaj
102 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
October 2018: Rudy Rucker and Greg Bossert
Readings and discussions with Rudy Rucker and Greg Bossert. Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor. He received the Philip K. Dick award for his early cyberpunk novel Software, and again for his Wetware. Software (1982) was perhaps the first SF novel where a human’s personality (the “software”) is transferred into a robot. His forty published books include novels, collections, and non-fiction books on the fourth dimension, infinity, and the meaning of computation. Rucker’s ground-breaking cyberpunk Ware series was republished in 2010 as The Ware Tetralogy, which can also be obtained as a free Creative Commons ebook online. Rucker’s 2007 novel, Postsingular was something of a return to the cyberpunk style. Gregory Norman Bossert won the World Fantasy Award for his short story “The Telling” in 2012; his story “Bloom” from Asimov’s Science Fiction, December 2013, was a finalist for the 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Award. He lives in Marin County, California and works at Industrial Light & Magic.
79 minutes | Oct 20, 2018
September 2018: Sheila Finch & David D. Levine
Sheila Finch is best known for her sequence of stories about the Guild of Xenolinguists. She won a Nebula novella award for "Reading the Bones" in 1998. Her most recent book is Villa Far From Rome. David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories.
130 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
August 2018: George R.R. Martin Special Event
An evening with George R.R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones, in conversation with Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio recorded at the landmark Fox Theatre in Redwood City on August 14, 2018. A lively audience Q&A follows the discussion.
116 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
July 2018: Paul Park and Terry Bisson
PAUL PARK is the author of All Those Vanished Engines, A Princess of Roumania, and numerous other novels. He has published short stories in Omni Magazine, Interzone and other magazines and teaches a course in reading and writing science fiction at Williams College. TERRY BISSON is an American science fiction and fantasy author. His books include Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), Pirates of the Universe (1996), and The Pickup Artist (2001). His 1990 short story "Bears Discover Fire" won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, and his all-dialogue story "They're Made Out of Meat" is one of the most widely-reprinted SF stories of the last several decades. Moderator Cliff Winnig's short fiction can be found in several anthologies, and his really short fiction has appeared in the twitterzines Outshine and Thaumatrope.
74 minutes | Jul 29, 2018
June 2018: Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, Ellen Klages
Readings and conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, Ellen Klages Lucy Jane Bledsoe, most recent novel, The Evolution of Love, came out in May. She's the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four other novels, including A Thin Bright Line and The Big Bang Symphony. Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife" won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a Tiptree Committee recommendation. Her second novel, THE BOOK OF ETTA, was published in 2017 by 47North. She writes like she's running out of time and lives in Oakland, California. Ellen Klages is a science, science fiction and historical fiction writer who lives in San Francisco. Her novelette "Basement Magic" won the 2005 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. Her novelette, “Basement Magic,” won the Nebula Award in 2005, and her novella, “Wakulla Springs,” (with Andy Duncan) was a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards and won the World Fantasy Award in 2014. The first collection of her short fiction, Portable Childhoods (2007), was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Your host, Terry Bisson, is best known for his short stories including "Bears Discover Fire", which won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award and "They're Made Out of Meat". He published his first novel in 1981, and has been a working science fiction writer ever since. In addition to writing, Terry is a magazine and book editor.
86 minutes | May 25, 2018
April 2018: A Conversation with Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock in conversation with Terry Bisson, along with questions from the audience.
109 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
March 2018: Silvia Moreno Garcia, Jack Skillingstead and Nancy Kress
SILVIA MORENO GARCIA is Mexican by birth and Canadian by inclination. She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as Cthulhu’s Daughters), Sword & Mythos, Fungi, Dead North, and Fractured. Her debut novel, Signal to Noise, won the Members Choice Copper Cylinder Award in Canada in 2016, and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, was selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016 and was a finalist for the Locus and Sunburst awards. Her recent novel, The Beautiful Ones, is a fantasy of manners about two telekinetics navigating the social strictures of their society, and their quest to find themselves and happiness. Garcia’s first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. Her stories have also been collected in Love & Other Poisons. JACK SKILLINGSTEAD submitted a story, in 2001, to Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest. He won — and began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than 40 stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies; and two novels, Harbinger, which was nominated for a Locus Award for First Novel, and Life on the Preservation, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. In addition, his story collection, Are You There and Other Stories was also nominated for a Locus Award for Best Collection. Jack’s short story “Dead Worlds” was short-listed for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. He has been nominated for both the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. NANCY KRESS is from East Aurora, New York. Her first story, “The Earth Dwellers,” appeared in Galaxy in 1976. Her first novel, The Prince of Morning Bells, appeared in 1981 from Pocket Books. In 1990 Kress went full-time as an SF writer, beginning with the novella version of “Beggars in Spain,” and now has 27 novels, three books on writing, four short story collections, and over 100 works of short fiction. Her fiction has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
104 minutes | Mar 2, 2018
January 2018: Cecilia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson
"Our Big Show of the Year" -- Terry Bisson Dedicated to Ursula K. Le Guin Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of science fiction. He has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars trilogy. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.” Cecilia Holland is an American historical fiction author, also well-known for her science fiction novel, Floating Worlds. Her first novel, The Firedrake, was published in 1966, and Holland has been a full-time professional writer ever since. Her character-driven plots, scrupulously researched, are often developed from the viewpoint of a male protagonist. With plenty of action (her battle scenes are noteworthy for their bottom-up viewpoint and understated verisimilitude), her work focuses primarily on the life of the mind—whatever that might mean in a particular culture—and especially on politics, in the broadest sense, whatever politics might be in a monarchical, feudal or tribal society. Holland lives in rural Humboldt County, CA.
80 minutes | Feb 3, 2018
Women in Horror: Erika Mailman, Loren Rhoads, Dana Fredsti (October 2017)
Our Halloween special: Women in Horror: with Erika Mailman, Loren Rhoads, Dana Fredsti ERIKA MAILMAN is an American author and journalist. Born in Vermont, she is the descendant of a woman who twice stood trial for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials in 1692. Mailman attended both Colby College and the University of Arizona, Tucson, later writing a column for the Montclarion edition of the Contra Costa Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has taught at Chabot College, in Hayward. Her debut novel The Witch’s Trinity, is set in a medieval German town in 1487 and examines the struggle between Christianity and pagan tradition through the story of a Christian woman on trial for witchcraft. Her current novel, The Murderer’s Maid, focuses on the Lizzie Borden legend from a unique perspective. LOREN RHOADS is a Bay Area writer, editor, and cemetery travel expert. For 10 years she was the editor of the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. A collection of some of her favorite essays drawn from the magazine, Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual, was published by Scribner in 2009. The space opera trilogy, In the Wake of the Templars, was published by Night Shade Books in 2015. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best New Horror #27, The Haunted Mansion Project, Year One, and in Cemetery Dance Magazine, among others. Her latest book, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, is a beautiful travel guide to the world’s most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents. DANA FREDSTI is an author, theatrical sword-fighting actress, and producer, director, and screenplay writer for both stage and film, whose credits include the cult classics Army of Darkness and Dawn of the Dead, and a mystery-oriented theatrical troupe based in San Diego. These experiences were fodder for her mystery novel, Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. She has written numerous published articles, essays, and shorts, including stories in Cat Fantastic IV, Zombie, and Hungry for Your Love. Her essays can be seen in Morbid Curiosity magazine, and the anthology Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. She also has written spicy genre romance under her nom de plume, Inara LaVey. Her extracurricular activities include volunteering at EFBC/FCC (Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center), and interests include zombies, surfing, collecting beach glass, and wine tasting.
76 minutes | Jan 10, 2018
SF in SF December 2017 with KEN SCHOLES and BEN LOORY
SF in SF moderator TERRY BISSON will host authors KEN SCHOLES and BEN LOORY. KEN SCHOLES, with Hymn — the final book in the Psalms of Isaak series BEN LOORY, with Tales Of Falling And Flying — his new story collection Recorded live at the American Book Binders Museum in San Francisco. Music by Haaj https://soundcloud.com/thehaaj
80 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
SF in SF November 2017 (Annalee Newitz and Robin Sloan)
Readings and a lively discussion with Annalee Newitz & Robin Sloan Annalee Newitz(founding editor of io9) reads from her debut novel, "Autonomous" Robin Sloan, bestselling author of "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore", reading from his new book, "Sourdough". Recorded live on 11/19/2017 at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco.
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