Category Archives: Interviews

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 24 - Kathleen Jennings

This week Alex finds some time to talk to Australian writer and artist Kathleen Jennings.  Kathleen is well known in Australia for both her fan and professional art - most recently taking out Fan and Professional categories in the 2013 Ditmars.

International listeners will recognize her distinct style on the covers of Lisa L Hannett & Angela Slater's Midnight and Moonshine, Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze and Catherynne M. Valente and Faith Mudge's To Spin A Darker Stair. 


Websites mentioned:
 
Brisbane exhibition, Once Upon a Time (Brisbane, August): http://www.pozible.com/project/23839 and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Once-upon-a-Time-Reinterpreting-the-Fairytale-The-Exhibition/272809386146440

Opera, The Dancing Mice and the Giants of Flanders: http://whatsoninwollongong.com.au/wow.events.detail/The-Dancing-Mice-and-the-Giants-of-Flanders-at-Phoenix-Theatre and http://www.pozible.com/project/5834 

Author website: http://tanaudel.wordpress.com
Twitter: @tanaudel


Credits:

Interviewer: Alex Pierce 

Guest: Kathleen Jennings

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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Galactic Chat Pre-launch special with NK Jemisin

You know when you just can't wait to share something or that you have money burning a hole in your pocket? Well that's what it's like having to hold on to this recording.  The team finally broke down and decided to give you a pre-launch special with Continuum Guest of Honor, NK Jemisin.


One of our new roving reporters David McDonald managed to catch Ms Jemisin in between her many exhausting duties at the Convention.  

Sit back and relax as they talk about drop bears, her GOH speech, writing outside of your comfort zone, making mistakes and striving to do better.

The Guest of Honor Speech transcript can be viewed here

Author Website: http://nkjemisin.com/

Author Twitter:  Credits


Credits:

Interviewer: David McDonald

Guest: NK Jemisin

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


Feedback:

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Email: galactichat at gmail dot com


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Galactic Chat 19: Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages' short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Gate, and Firebirds Rising. Her story, "Basement Magic," won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot for the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and have been reprinted in various Year’s Best volumes.

She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and is a graduate of the Clarion South writing workshop. Her first novel The Green Glass Sea about two misfit eleven-year-old girls living in Los Alamos during WWII while their parents are creating the atomic bomb, came out in October 2006 from Sharyn November at Viking.

In addition to her writing, Ellen serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions at Wiscon.

Check out her website at http://ellenklages.com/

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