pre-Annihilation chat w/ Jeff VanderMeer in Ambergis and… Predator?

I’m back combining a couple of interviews again, like I did with the Malazan duo of Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont, this time with the great Jeff VanderMeer.

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It includes and interview I conducted with Jeff around the time his novel Shriek: the Afterword was coming out, which to this day is perhaps my favorite of his novels, and

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an Epic Fantasy Come True – Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont Interview Combo

This is me combining two interviews I conducted with Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont and representing them in one convenient place. Back in 2008 I was able to interview the architects of my favorite book series of all time – The Malazan Book of The Fallen –  one of the handful of entertainment/art that I truly obsess about and love.

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You also can check out my gut take and review after completing the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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The Long Price Before The Expanse w/ Daniel Abraham & My Thoughts on A Shadow in Summer

I’ve been combining appropriate and related content into single posts lately and this is an interview I conducted with Daniel Abraham in 2006 with my review of his debut novel, A Shadow in Summer, following it.

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Abraham has gone on since to be the co-creator of The Expanse, which is a dope science fiction tv show that started on Syfy and has since moved on to Amazon, based on his novels as James S. A. Corey (the pen name of Abraham and his writing partner Ty Frank).

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In Vellum – Hal Duncan in His Own (Ten Thousand) Words

In the course of my time as book reviewer/author interviewer I’ve (publicly) traded most words with Hal Duncan and this combo post of the three interviews is my proof lol.

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I thought we covered just about everything in these 10000 words where we talk about Vellum, Ink, Escape From Hell!, and touch on a ton of topics on science fiction, fantasy, and genre in general, but I was wrong because he went on to do these crazy must read columns for us.

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Matthew Stover Reveals Caine’s Bookshelf To Me – Also Caine Black Knife and Blade of Tyshalle Takes

Way back in 2005 I interviewed Matthew Stover after reading a book that blew my, his Blade of Tyshalle, which was a sequel to Heroes Die which at the time I had not read (and went back to).

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In my opinion Blade of Tyshalle remains an underrated absolute neo-classic of both fantasy and science fiction, and prefer it over Heroes Die (which was recently written about over at Tor) which is also awesome. It is a remarkable, visceral, smart piece of speculative fiction and I feel like you see it in this interview I conducted with him.

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Kicking the Shift with Steph Swainston in The Year of Our War

Another combo I’m repackaging here in the form of an interview Steph Swainston and a review of her debut novel The Year of Our War.

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I conducted this interview with Steph in 2005 and I saw awhile back ago she quit writing (at least as a profession) for reasons that seem quite reasonable (time and isolated grind) and also, if I’m reading correctly due some experience with fandom or what was at the time the initial wave of fan journalists/blogs/reviewers that were popping up around that time.

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The One Where I Found The Warded Man – My Lost Peter V. Brett Interview

For the longest time I knew I had conducted an interview with Peter V. Brett but for some reason maybe the file never carried over during various iterations of the site. I finally found a copy in my email circa 2008. This would have been right before his debut novel was released and I recall vividly I had one question I really wanted to ask him (regarding a specific rather dark scene) after reading, so I knew my interview wasn’t something I was just imagining. Here it is and I must say he gave some great thoughtful answers to some rather base questions by yours truly.

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I’m pleased to be able to represent this interview with novelist Peter Brett, whose Warded Man may soon be headed to the big screen.

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Paul S. Kemp Gets The Star Wars Call – I Tapped the Line + A Review of Lords of the Sith

This is another combining of related content for me. In this case it’s a brief chat I had with Paul S. Kemp a little bit after it broke he was going to be writing Star Wars novels combined a review I wrote of his Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.

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Paul wrote some really great Forgotten Realms novels featuring Erevis Cale that honestly may be the best I’ve read in Realms. 

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Lilah Sturges Interview – Midwinter in the House of Mystery

Today we have a man of many talents, another member of the Clockwork Storybook crew! Lilah Sturges has two novels coming out from PYR, Midwinter (this March) and its sequel the Office of Shadow. He is also the current writer of my favorite comic being published by DC or Marvel, The House of Mystery, and it has just been announced that he will be co-writing The Justice Society of America with Bill Willingham, the same team who brings us Jack of Fables.

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I want to welcome Lilah as we talk House of Mystery, short fiction, Midwinter, Alan Moore, Gene Wolfe, and more!

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I Share Fables with Chris Roberson Before He Created iZOMBIE

Today we catch up with Chris Roberson in the mundane world to talk about some fables and Fables. Roberson is writing a forthcoming spin-off mini to the popular Vertigo title called Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love with superstar artist Shawn McManus (and very sweet covers by Chrissie Zullo).

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We can’t talk specifics about the project, but we adroitly dance around it to give you some possible insight on the writer — a multiple time World Fantasy Award finalist, and a winner of the Sidewise Award for his fiction — who will be putting his talents to the much beloved Fables mythos. He is also the publisher of Monkeybrain Books which puts out nothing but the goods.

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Deathtroopers? Star Wars Horror Chat w/ Joe Schreiber

Another 10-question, topic specific, interview format, and today we have horror novelist Joe Schreiber. Schreiber is writing the forthcoming Deathtroopers, a Star Wars horror novel scheduled for a late 2009 release. Schreiber is the author of two previous novels, Chasing the Dead and Eating the Dark.

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This is my shorter form interview feature that’s topic specific that you’ve seen here before with the likes of Jeff VanderMeer, Chris Roberson, Paul S. Kemp, and other.

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Age of Bronze to Yellow Bricks Chat w/ Eric Shanower + Oz #1 Review (Skottie is King)

I’ve combined my lengthy interview with Eric Shanower with my review of the first issue pf his and Skottie Young’s first Wonderful Wizard of Oz comic from Marvel. I hope you enjoy!

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Images of Skottie Young’s Wizard of Oz work for Marvel comics have been on the net for some time now and I just fell in love with what he was doing and this project quickly got vaulted into my must read category. Young has been doing excellent work for awhile now, but he seems primed with this project to ascend to even greater heights. Then, I found out Eric Shanower was writing it and it became the #1 comic series I was most looking forward to at the end of the year and continuing in 2009.

I present Eric Shanower as we talk OZ, Troy, faith and accidental deaths . . .
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A Chat about Crystal Rain and Don’t Call Tobias Buckell In the Clutch

Crystal Rain really caught me at just the right time. When you are not only on these publicity lists but also a comic book guy you are exposed to covers on a daily basis but when I pulled the Crystal Rain galley out of the mail some 2 years ago the cover just spoke to me in a way that a lot of SF doesn’t.

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It’s not to say I don’t enjoy what other SF is saying but you look at Crystal Rain and it says you’re going for a ride — or beware, there be adventure here. I very rarely have that kind of interaction with covers (the only other recent example I can think of is from Paul Malmont’s The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril) and the story delivers high adrenaline, high octane that still delivers the questions and answers only Science Fiction has the gumption to raise and solve.

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I Bug Out with Adrian Tchaikovsky Before Children of Time

Empire in Black and Gold was published by Pan Macmillan in July of this year, and kicked off the Shadows of the Apt series. Today we have a chat with its author, Adrian Tchaikovsky, to tell you all you need to know about him and a new Fantasy series coming from a publisher who has a a bit of a reputation of being on the ground floor when it comes to names we will all later know.

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Time to talk bugs, empires, epics and ask the one question that matters with Adrian!

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