After a final July hiatus we’re back! This weekend Gary and I headed to the Waldorf Room to discuss thoughts on Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 and SF set within our Solar System, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipients Alan Garner and George R.R. Martin, and recent issues at Readercon. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
Edge of Infinity is a direct follow on from last year’s Engineering Infinity, but this time is focussed on hard SF/adventure set in an industrialised, settled pre-starflight solar system. It gathers stories set everywhere from Mercury to Neptune, the nooks and crannies of the asteroid belt, to the wonders and beauties of Jupiter. At a time when interstellar travel seems ever more impractical, these stories breathe life into our dream of the future by showing us the romance and challenge of what is achievable here on our own doorstep.
And so, the very nearly almost completely final table of contents for Edge of Infinity, a book that I’ve come to love a great deal. There’s a very much outside chance one more story might sneek into the book, but it’ll be last minute it it does. I’ll advise you all here if so.
In the meantime, my sincere thanks to the fabulous Jonathan Oliver and the team at Solaris Books , who have been spectacular to work with and who have done a brilliant job of packaging the book, as you can see below.
- Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
- The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi, Pat Cadigan
- The Deeps of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear
- Drive, James S.A. Corey
- The Road to NPS, Sandra McDonald & Stephen D. Covey
- Swift as a Dream and Fleeting as a Sigh, John Barnes
- Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler’s Green, the Potter’s Garden, Paul McAuley
- Safety Tests, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Bricks, Sticks, Straw, Gwyneth Jones
- Tyche and the Ants, Hannu Rajaniemi
- Obelisk, Stephen Baxter
- Vainglory, Alastair Reynolds
- Water Rights, An Owomayela
- The Peak of Eternal Light, Bruce Sterling
Edge of Infinity is now available for pre-order in all sorts of cool places.
* For working, read slightly panicking and looking blearily through a post-wedding haze trying to focus enough to write an introduction.
When I was in Melbourne last month I was delighted to be invited to appear as a guest on Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond’s podcast, The Writer and the Critic. I had a wonderful evening out at Kirstyn’s house talking about life, the universe and podcasting, as well as getting to talk about Sean Stewart’s Galveston, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, and Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl. You can find the podcast episode here, along with detailed show notes that allow you to jump to the part of the show that interests you most.
My sincere thanks to Ian and Kirstyn for having me on the show!!
Where do you find inspiration? Legendary SF novelist Larry Niven once said that everything he did was tax deductible because it was all related to his work. Every experience he had was something he might write about. Even going to the dentist was grist for his writing mill.
Everybody knows something that most people don’t. Perhaps you went skydiving once, or competed as an ice skater when you were a kid. Perhaps you’re learning how to make cheese, or lived in Japan for a year. The trick is in identifying that knowledge, and turning it into a story.
Join award-winning novelist Amelia Beamer for a three-hour workshop designed to write, talk about writing, and get inspiration from the things you already know. Amelia will take you through the process of turning your knowledge into characters and storylines that highlight your unique, individual storytelling voice.
Amelia is the award-winning author of the novel The Loving Dead (2010) as well as fiction and poetry in Interfictions 2, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Red Cedar Review, and The Living Dead 2 amongst others. A former program assistant for the highly-respected international Clarion East writing workshop, Amelia has also as an editor, reviewer, and photographer for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field. As an independent scholar she has published papers in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, on topics including John W. Campbell’s Astounding, the TV series Lost, and the works of Peter Straub (written with Gary K. Wolfe). She has spoken at many conferences and conventions on various aspects of publishing. Born in Michigan, USA, Amelia now lives in Australia after stints in California and the UK.
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After a short break, we’re back! Gary travelled to Massachusetts to attend Readercon 23 and managed to persuade convention guests of honor Caitlin R. Kiernan and Peter Straub to join us to discussCaitlin’s most recent novel The Drowning Girl, writing, Readercon and much, much more. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!