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Galactic Chat 69 Trent Jamieson

In this week's Galactic Chat, Aurealis Award winning author, Trent Jamieson, talks about his new novel Day Boy as well as his other novels including the Death Works series and Roil. He talks about his career, his writing process, and what he’s working on and reading.

Author Website: http://www.trentjamieson.com


Credits

Interviewer: Helen Stubbs
Guest: Trent Jamieson
Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts
Post-production: Sean Wright

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Galactic Chat 41 Dirk Flinthart

This week Sean calls Dirk Flinthart for a chat about his debut novel, Path of Night.  Members of the Australian speculative fiction community will be well aware of Dirk's engaging personality and breadth of knowledge. Please enjoy the wonderful conversation as they talk about martial arts, poetry, and the change wrought by technology on publishing.

This will be our last show for the season.  Pleas have a safe and happy holiday break and we will see you in the new year.

Credits


Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Dirk Flinthart

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Galactic Chat 37 - Patty Jansen

This week Sean chats to Australian Speculative Fiction novelist Patty Jansen.  Patty  is a member of SFWA and winner of the second quarter of the Writers of the Future contest. She has published fiction in various magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Aurealis, Redstone SF and the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette. She has also successfully self  published a number of novellas and novels. 

In this chat they talk about Patty's newest novel, Ambassador,  to be published by Australian Press Ticonderoga, the importance of diversification for any writer and current issues in the field, such as sexism and diversity.


Patty's Website
Patty on Twitter


Purchase Options for Ambassador - here



Credits


Interviewer: Sean Wright

Guest: Patty Jansen

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Twitter: @galactichat

Email: galactichat at gmail dot com





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Galactic Chat 29 - Narrelle Harris

This week Alex Pierce interviews the ebullient Narrelle Harris,  author, app content provider and mutlimedia maverick. In this interview they talk briefly about Narelle's work on her two apps - Melbourne Literary and Melbourne Peculiar . The majority of the interview, however,  covers Narrelle's latest project Kitty and Cadaver a multimedia storytelling experience featuring original music, a weekly release chapter of the novel with jewelry, art and comic to come.


Note:  There were some issues in the recording of the file, of potential annoyance is mic distortion that Sean has attempted to rectify in post production.  We think the content is worth it but if you have sensitive hearing it will affect your enjoyment.

Here's the summary of Kitty and Cadaver:

Melbourne is a long way from Hungary: a long way from vampire nests and battles against the forces of darkness and the inevitable losses incurred in such battles.

That’s why the surviving members of Rome Burning have fled to this far flung city. They need to rest and recuperate, a long way from the battle they only barely won, and the people they lost while winning it.

Of course, when your job is to fight monsters with music, your work is never really done. Melbourne’s dead are going to see to that.

Kitty Carrasco is a beautician. She works at a funeral home, preparing the dead for their final farewell with family and friends.

One very unusual day, her dead clients sit up and take a bit too much interest in her. It’s unexpected, but Kitty is nothing if not accepting of life’s little foibles. Instead of panicking, she sings to them, like she usually does while working.

Luckily, the dead seem to like this, and listen instead of doing anything more aggressive. Like trying to eat her brains.

And when a couple of musicians show up with remarkably good timing, wanting to know more about her Song for the Dead and telling her they’ve got a mission for her, Kitty is more than intrigued. She’s totally on board for whatever adventures are coming next.

But this band’s last adventure ended up with two dead band members, which is why they need a new lead singer. Is Kitty going to get the hang of this singing magic before what seems to be the Zombie Apocalypse devours Melbourne? And are the band members ever going to stop fighting long enough to save the world?

Author Website: http://www.narrellemharris.com

Kitty and Cadaver: http://www.kittyandcadaver.com

Narrelle's Blog: http://narrellemharris.wordpress.com

Author Twitter: @daggyvamp



Credits


Interviewer: Alex Pierce

Guest: Narrelle Harris

Music & Intro: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Post-production: Sean Wright


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Coming soon! All new Galactic Chat

You may have noticed a slight lull in activity around these parts, everyone is just so gosh darn busy.  Well here's a post to let you know that we are relaunching in July with some new additions to the team.

Fond farewells

The podcast says goodbye to two of its founders and its post production crew of one.

  • Alisa Krasnostein is set to have a busy year with growing a new human, running a small press and starting a Phd.
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts is busy shocking us with her writing brilliance and taking on the role of the SFWA's overseas coordinator
  • Andrew Finch is having a long deserved rest and only doing the post production work on one podcast.

We wish them all the best and know that we will be keeping an ear out for us on the internet.

Fear Not

Not wanting to pull the rug from under you feet entirely Sean Wright will be staying on as Co-ordinator, Interviewer and Post-production crew.  He eagerly anticipates fulfilling the roles.

New Arrivals

Joining Sean in bringing to you wonderful interviews from around Australia and the world are the talented:

  • David McDonald, author and winner of the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent 2013
  • Alex Pierce, Ditmar and Chronos Award winning reviewer and member of Galactic Suburbia.
  • Mark Webb, author and Australian SpecFic  reviewer.
  • Sarah Lee Parker, award winning short fiction author and dedicated SpecFic fan.
  • Helen Stubbs, author and member of the Gold Coast Speckies

We will be expanding our team with a particular focus on female interviewers.  Negotiations are underway.

That's it for now.  We'll keep you informed.

You can send feedback to Galactichat at gmail or follow us on twitter at @GalactiChat.

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Galactic Chat 18: Nina D’Aleo

This week Sean interviews debut novelist Nina D'Aleo.  Nina has just released her first novel, The Last City,  through the PanMacmillan digital offshoot Momentum.

They talk about Digital Rights management, the process of being picked up by Momentum and the necessity of social media when your first book is a digital release.

Nina can be found on her  website or on Twitter.

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Galactic Chat 17: Joe Abercrombie

This week Sean interviews International Best Selling Fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie.  Joe was on a whirlwind tour of Australia promoting his latest work Red Country.

In this interview Sean asks Joe about the research required for writing a western and Joe is adamant it had nothing to do with the Whisky Death Match posts at his website.  They discuss the recent industry focussed Genrecon and when its a good idea to use maps in your fantasy novel.

Sean possibly starts a blood feud with the Coode Street Podcast by paraphrasing and taking out of context something that Gary and Jonathan probably never said about Fantasy.  But Joe's answer is informative and witty.  They talk film and the transference of skillsets needed in documentary film editing to writing.  Finally, Joe lets slip about his  up and coming Zombie Romance decology.

Joe can be found on his website.

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Galactic Chat 16: Rowena Cory Daniells

This week Sean interviews Australian Fantasy novelist Rowena Cory Daniells.  Rowena has long history of involvement in Australian fantasy and science fiction and has released 4 novels this year.  Sean asks Rowena about the pressure of releasing so many books in such a short time.  What drives the exploration of Gender and Sexuality in her most recent series, The Outcast Chronicles and what she has planned for the very near future? They also discuss the potential for self publishing and the benefit of being picked up by overseas publishers.

(Note: In recording this interview we encountered everything the Gods of the Internets could throw at us. The final product has been cut and edited together from about 5 parts. Sean apologises for the less than optimal listening experience).

Rowena can be found on her  website or on Twitter.

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Galactic Chat 15: Tor Roxburgh

This week Sean interviews Australian Fantasy novelist Tor Roxburgh, author of The Light Heart of Stone.  Tor has long history in publishing Non-Fiction and Teen romance but Light Heart of Stone sees her delving into her life long love of fantasy and science fiction.  ABC Radio Ballarat said of The Light Heart of Stone, that "It's very Australian. A lot of fantasy novels are very European, even very British... but this is very much Australian."  In the podcast Sean and Tor discuss the journey from traditional publishing to self publishing, the Australian themes that flow through The Light Heart of Stone and the fresh and engaging ideas that make the book an original work of Australian fantasy fiction.

Tor can be found online at The Light Heart of Stone website or on Twitter.

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Galactic Chat 14: Trudi Canavan

Sean interviews Australian and International Best Selling Fantasy novelist,  Trudi Canavan.  They discuss her new book, The Traitor Queen, the response to Gay relationships in her fiction and differences in the perceptions of fantasy writing between Australia and Poland.  Trudi candidly reveals that even being a best selling novelist, she still gets nervous with the release of each book.

Trudi can be found at her website and  on Twitter

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