In the second of two podcasts recorded at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Gary and I are joined by Ellen Klages, Karen Lord, and Nalo Hopkinson for a discussion on writing, cover art and many other things. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
With the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in full swing, Gary called in with Andy Duncan and Karen Joy Fowler to discuss genre, short stories, writing novels, Andy’s first short story collection in eleven years, The Pottawottamie Giant and Other Stories, and much more! As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
It’s getting towards that time when I really have to commit to some 2012 travel plans. I’ve bought a plane ticket to Melbourne, so I’ll be there for the NatCon, even though I’m still to make hotel reservations or buy a membership. I’m also genuinely torn between Toronto for World Fantasy Convention and Chicago for WorldCon. I think, even after all of the discussions I’ve had lately, that I will likely opt for Toronto. I am thinking about changing things up on that a little, but I suspect that’s how it will play. There are also family breaks for April and December, but we’ll see about those.
Hm. Now I think about it, there is one argument to go to WorldCon in August instead of World Fantasy in November: the best of the year. The WFC trip always plays havoc with prep for that. Something to ponder.
With the Gene Wolfe event about to hit full swing in sunny Chicago, all sorts of fun things are happening in the windy city. This morning (Perth time) our good friend Peter Straub was visiting Gary’s stylish Chicago pied-à-terre, so we fired up the podcast and had a pre-dinner chat about literary boundaries, modern horror, writing, Caitlin Kiernan and much much more. As always, our thanks to Peter for joining us. We hope that you’ll enjoy the podcast. Next week: ICFA!
This week we’re joined by Pulitzer Prize award winning critic Michael Dirda to discuss his new book on Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Gene Wolfe and the golden age of story. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!