From Dungeons to Singularity – Charles Stross Interview

This week my guest is Charles Stross, who is having one hell of a year. The versatile author is nominated for this year’s Hugo for Best Novel for his novel Singularity Sky, not to mention has 2 novellas nominated for the Best Novella of the year.

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He is also nominated by Locus this year for Best Science Fiction Novel for Iron Sunrise, and for Best Fantasy Novel honors with the first installment of his Merchant Princes series, Family Trade. The second part of the Merchant Princes, The Hidden Family, was just released, and I want to thank Stross for spending some time with me amidst a very busy writing schedule.

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A Chat with Jeffrey Ford, the Emperor of Ice Cream

This week I have one of my favorite authors. He is a writer whose name is mentioned quite often when I ask other authors what current writers they themselves admire.

Jeffrey Ford

In fact, the first work I read by him, the 2003 World Fantasy Award winning collection, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant was recommended to me by a previous guest, K.J. Bishop.

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Getting Mosaic with Richard Bowes

I have a habit of paying attention to recommendations by authors whose work I admire. Whether an indirect recommendation or one given to me personally, or via an interview, it has really lead to some great reads for me. I was alerted to this week guest by a recommendation via a past interview I conducted with Jeffrey Ford, whose work I was put on to by another interview guest K.J. Bishop.

Richard Bowes

Like the other occasions, I was not lead astray. Golden Gryphon Press was good enough to facilitate me with a copy of Richard Bowes’ fantastic From the Files of the Time Rangers, the latest effort from the Word Fantasy Award winning author.

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A Malazan Night of Knives Among Old Guard Friends

I’m a huge fan of the everything Malazan. I am of the opinion that Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen is the single finest fantasy series this or any other world has ever seen, surpassing my past and still very much loved favorites by George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Tolkien, and Patricia McKillip (because picking up Riddle of the Stars mesmerized me as a child).

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Fans of Erikson’s series would get chapters and tales from Ian Cameron Esslemont, Erikson’s co-creator of the setting. I think it’s fair to say these efforts were met with mixed reactions.

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The Scar – Mieville’s, Not Melville, New Weird Moby Dick

The Scar was the first novel China Mieville wrote while being known as a major figure in the world of speculative fiction and with the expectations that come along with such praise.

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Perdido Street Station, aside from being in my opinion one of the finest works of speculative fiction I have ever read, achieving a brilliance born of vivid imagination and more than occasional examples of linguistic superiority — it was also wake up call to the genre. It was harder to not draw comparisons, or more aptly to deny as Perdido Street Station was picked up by Del Rey sharing shelf space with other works that seemed to have misconstrued traditional with stagnant.

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A Chat w/ K. J. Bishop, Guitar Hero of Etched City

My first interview. We are going to start interviewing the various creative personalities in the genre. We will strive with this feature as we do with our reviews to offer the widest range possible related to Fantasy.

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We have several authors who have agreed to participate thus far and were kicking it off with K.J. Bishop, author of The Etched City, a novel that has drawn this quote from Michael Moorcock regarding some of Kirsten’s scenes “The Etched City is worth reading for these scenes alone, which are among the most mystifying and astonishing I have found in a fantasy.”

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R.A. Salvatore On Fantasy Fights and Orc Wins in Forgotten Realms and Beyond

This week I have a NY Times Best Selling author R.A. Salvatore, the creator of one of the most popular and read characters in Fantasy, everyone’s favorite Dark Elf, Drizzt Do’Urden.

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Bob Salvatore’s publishing career started with The Crystal Shard, and since than he has written 16 full-length novels chronicling the adventures of Drizzt and his companions.

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The Wonders of Jonathan Carroll’s The Wooden Sea

Jonathan Carroll is one of and perhaps the first writer who went on that list of “all I need to know is that the book is out” authors.

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I don’t need to know what it’s about. I don’t need to know where or when it takes place. I don’t need to know if it’s called fantasy, mystery, horror or science fiction — because such questions, such words, cannot contain Carroll.
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