Category Archives: Australian Speculative Fiction

Galactic Chat 25 - Dr Gillian Polack

This week Sean recovers from the depths of his crashed hard drive, this wonderful interview with Dr Gillian Polack, novelist, lecturer, editor, medievalist, food & culture historian and failed Morris dancer. Due to the fact that  Dr Polack lives in our national capital and nobody really wants to talk to Australian politicians, we were at the mercy of our nation's ancient telecom infrastructure.

In this wide ranging conversational interview they discuss Dr Polack's, two novels, her short story career, editing the acclaimed anthology Baggage and surviving as a writer in the current marketplace.  There's also mention of her yet to be released joint project - a sourcebook for writers on the Middle Ages.

WARNING:  Sean and Dr Polack discuss Morris Dancing, if you find Morris Dancing or Dancers objectionable you may be offended :) .


Books mentioned in this cast:


Baggage - A linkt to Eneit press

Illuminations: A novel (Booktopia for Australian listeners) (Amazon - for Internationals)

Ms Cellophane - (Kobo / Amazon)

Next (Kobo)


Credits:

Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Dr Gillian Polack

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 23 - Jo Spurrier

In this episode Sean interviews Australian Fantasy novelist Jo Spurrier. Jo's debut novel Winter be My Shield was nominated for an Aurealis and Norma K Hemming Award. In this interview they talk about why someone with a background in the sciences decides to write epic fantasy, the decision to write about a disabled character and where the Children of the Black Sun series sits in relation to the grim works of Martin and Abercrombie.

Jo's books can be found at:

Amazon (for internationals)

Booktopia (Australia)

Author Website: Jo's Facebook Author Page



Credits:

Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Jo Spurrier

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Galactic Chat 22: Kirstyn McDermott

David McDonald returns this week with another interview from Continuum 9.  In this episode he talks to Kirstyn McDermott, award winning author of Perfections and the recently released  Caution: Contains Small Parts, and co-host of the Writer and the Critic Podcast (fear not, this is a Mondy free zone).


In this episode they discuss the challenges of transitioning between short and long fiction, and the comeback of the novella. Kirstyn shares her thoughts on the changing face of the publishing industry and discusses her experiences with the ebook only release of Perfections. And, we hear Kirstyn’s tips on how you go about reviewing the work of people you know.

You can purchase Perfections from XoumAmazon or Kobo

 Caution: Contains Small Parts will be available from Twelfth Planet Press

Author Website: http://kirstynmcdermott.com/

Author Twitter: @fearofemeralds


Credits:

Interviewer: David McDonald

Guest: Kirstyn McDermott

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Galactic Chat 21: Cat Sparks

In this episode we steal Alex from Galactic Suburbia and get her to interview the wonderful Cat Sparks, award winning writer and fiction editor at Australia's premier science magazine - Cosmos.  They discuss Cat's early career as a photographer of rock star hopefuls and politicians, before moving on to talking about her recent collection put out by Ticonderoga. They also cover her involvement in Australian speculative fiction as a small press publisher, writer and editor.  Of particular interest will be her bar panel discussion on the structure of novels using table condiments and cutlery.

[Note:  We apoligise for the feedback echo experienced in the first couple of questions Alex asks]

Cat Sparks' The Bride Price can be found at:

Amazon (for internationals)

Booktopia (Australia)

IndieBooks Online (Australia)

Agog Press Titles can be found at Booktopia.

Cosmos Magazine can be found here


Author Website: Cat Sparks

Author Twitter: @catsparx


Credits:

Interviewer: Alexandra Pierce

Guest: Cat Sparks

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Galactic Chat 20: Margo Lanagan

Welcome back to the relaunched Galactic Chat.  In this episode Sean chats with Australian Award winning Fantasy and science fiction author Margo Lanagan.  They talk about her nomination for the inaugural Stella Award and what that nomination meant for her and perhaps the speculative fiction genre in Australia.

They also delve into Margo's fascination with folktale and its consistent popularity for authors and readers alike. Sean admits that Margo has the ability to break him and make him cry with the emotional gravity of her work and finally they talk gritty fantasy and why women don't share that podium with George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie.



Author Website: Amoung Amid While

Author Twitter: @margolanaganits


Credits:

Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Margo Lanagan

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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