Galactic Chat 51 Alan Baxter

This week Sean interviews Alan Baxter who will, at time of broadcasting have officially launched his new dark fantasy thriller Bound.  They talk about the experience of being published by one of the big 5 as compared to smaller publishers, writing for computer games and how to write martial arts action well.

You can find Alan at his website or on twitter.

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Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Alan Baxter

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 50 Nike Sulway

This week Alex chats to Nike Sulway about her writing process, the novel Rupetta, and being the first Australian to win the Tiptree Award. There's also a discussion about feminism, its intersection with motherhood and the WISCON experience.

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Interviewer: Alex Pierce

Guest: Nike Sulway

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 49 Rebecca Fraser

In this interview recorded by Helen Stubbs, Australian horror writer Rebecca Fraser talks about her love of horror, how environment and landscape influence her fiction, her Creative Writing Masters and using social media as a business.

Author Website: http://rebeccafraser.wordpress.com

Author Twitter: @becksmuse

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Interviewer: Helen Stubbs

Guest: Rebecca Fraser

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 48 Marianne de Pierres

This week Alex chats with acclaimed Australian science fiction author and friend of the podcast Marianne de Pierres,

Marianne is the author of the Aussie infused Cyberpunk Parrish Plessis series, the award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series and the upcoming Peacemaker SF Western series. When she's not doing that she writes Burn Bright- a gothic science fiction series for Young Adults and lighthearted crime under the name Marianne Delacourt.

In this chat Alex asks Marianne how she became part of the scene, the reason why Marianne seems to have her fingers in all genre's and what's next in store.  You can find Marianne or her digital presence at www.mariannedepierres.com and www.tarasharp.com.au and www.burnbright.com.au

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Interviewer: Alex Pierce

Guest: Marianne de Pierres

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 47 SG Larner

In today's chat Sean interviews Ditmar Best New Talent nominee SG Larner.  They talk about her writing process, the advantage of mentorship programs and writing both literary and genre fiction.  For fans of poetry we also touch on writing speculative poetry and the Australian scene.

Author Website: Forego Reality

Author Twitter: @StaceySarasvati 

Credits

Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: SG Larner

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 46 Ken MacLeod

In today's chat Helen Stubbs interviews multi-award winning Science Fiction author Ken MacLeod.  They talk about his novel Intrusion, and his most recent publication, Descent.  Ken grew up with Iain Banks and relates some heart warming anecdotes about their friendship. They also cover Ken's current work plans and his writing process.

Author Website:The Early Days of a Better Nation

Author Twitter: @amendlocke

Credits

Interviewer: Helen Stubbs

Guest: Ken MacLeod

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 45 Jonathan Strahan

This week Sean chats to moonlighting Mullah of Coode Street Jonathan Strahan about his career, the direction of the Science Fiction and Fantasy field and his latest year's best from Solaris.

Other topics covered include:
  • How Jonathan compiles his anthologies, what processes he has in place to counte act bias
  • The changes in Small Press Publishing
  • Where he sees the field going.

Jonathan can be found at:

The Coode Street Podcast and on Twitter.

As we mentioned in the podcast, Solaris have kindly given Galactic Chat a couple of copies of Jonathan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8.  All you need to do is go to our Facebook page, like it or comment on the competition post.

If you're not a fan of Facebook, Sean is running a giveaway on his blog here.

Solaris will post world wide to the winners. The competition runs from 23 March until midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time 20 April. 


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Galactic Chat 44 Dr Ben Peek

This week we bring you an extended chat between Sean and Dr Ben Peek.  They talk briefly about his big news, the forthcoming fantasy trilogy beginning with The Godless (TOR UK), and how much a departure it is from his well known short works. 

They also talk about his highly acclaimed collection of short stories, Dead Americans and Other Stories from ChiZine Publications.  Other topics include criticism of works in small communities, racism, and the effect of social media on discourse.

He is of course well known in Australia for his works most recently published through Twelfth Planet Press.



Note:  This podcast was recorded a day or so after the "Twitterstorm" (which in itself is a problematic term) since then there has been some interesting commentary on how events unfolded that do shed light on how early the scene begins to reset history or frame events.  Please consider reading The media spin machine at full power or This is totally not what happened | Cora Buhlert.

If you are a fan of Facebook we also have a worldwide giveaway running on our page  for Jonathan Strahan's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8.
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Galactic Chat 43 Tehani Wessely

In today's bonus podcast Alex Pierce interviews Tehani Wessely of Fablecroft.  They discuss how Tehani came to be a boutique press publisher and the freedom and restrictions that places on the work.  They talk about some interesting projects in the works ie Dirk Flinthart's and Jo Anderton's novels.  The big excitement is however about the wondrous and slightly terrifying world of crowd funding that Fablecroft has entered into with The Cranky Ladies of History Project.

Tehani can be found on Twitter at @editormum75 the The Cranky Ladies crowdfunding site can be found here.

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Galactic Chat 42 Kaaron Warren

In this our first show for 2014 David McDonald chats with Kaaron Warren about the early years of her writing, her growing recognition outside of Australia and some of her recent works including The Gate Theory from Cohesion Press and her inclusion in the upcoming Datlow anthology Fearful Symmetries.  

Warren recently visited the Aradale Asylum to hunt ghost stories and deliver a writing workshop while staying overnight. She also talks about some of the strange happenings that occurred.

To see the picture that Kaaron refers to in the interview please checkout our Facebook page.

You can find Kaaron on Twitter   and at her website.
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