The Writer and the Critic: Episode 39

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, begin by addressing listener feedback about high fantasy and narratives of power which followed on from the discussion at the end of the last episode recorded at Continuum 10. They would also like to draw your attention to some Links of Relevant Interest:

Ian then provides a brief but thoughtful (and spoiler-free) review of War Stories: Modern Military Science Fiction, a crowd-funded anthology edited by Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak, which he highly recommends.

The two books up for critique on this episode are We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Fabio Fernandes and Djibril al-Ayad (beginning around 22:05) and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older (1:01:35).

The reviews and articles mentioned during the discussion can be found via the following links:

If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:53:05 for final remarks.

For the next episode, Kirstyn has chosen We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler while Ian is recommending Dust Devil on a Quiet Street by Richard Bowes. Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!



2014 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction

snaphotlogo20142I’ve been busy this last week finishing a PhD story which decided it wanted to be a novella, but meanwhile the 2014 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction has bee running since 28 July and will continue for the rest of this week. The wonderful Alex from Galactic Suburbia has interviewed yours truly right here.

To read all the interviews hot off the press, check these blogs daily from July 28 to August 10, 2014, or look for the round up on SF Signal when it’s all done.:

This year’s interviewers:

You can also find archives of past Snapshots at the following links: 2005, 2007,  2010 and 2012.