Episode 008 – bonus materials

24 (and a little bit) minutes of extra podcast content! We talk to Shona Kinsella some more about: writing and parenting, how to quickly switch into the author mindset, pantsing, and should you always have a love interest for your character? We also indulge in some literary iconoclasm, get emotionally involved with our characters and […]

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Episode 008 – Shona Kinsella

SFF podcast with speculative fiction author Shona Kinsella. We hear an intriguing excerpt from Ashael Rising and learn all about her book series “The Vessel of KalaDene”. Discussed: discovery writing technique (AKA pantsing), challenging your default assumptions in a fantasy setting, the Unbound Books model of publishing, and online critiquing groups.

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Episode 007 – bonus materials

Bonus exclusive subscriber content for Speculative Spaces fans! We talk again to Elaine Gallagher and she shares a poignant reading. The question, “Is it okay for a non-trans person to write a trans character?” is confronted. We also discuss how our futures used to look.

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Episode 007 – Elaine Gallagher

We talk about what writing can bring for a trans person, and why a non-LGBTQ+ person would be interested in these kinds of stories. We riff on the human condition and why it might need to be expanded (and how SF could be key to that). We immerse in the language of Tolkien, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Elaine even gets her song on!

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Episode 006 – bonus materials

Exclusive subscriber content for SF podcast crew. Learn more about the process of recording a podcast, hear the hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and hear some serious writer discussion too.

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Episode 006 – Christopher Napier & Don Redwood

Our first double-guest episode with Christopher Napier and Don Redwood. Two SF story readings! Topics up for discussion: Writing in Scots, how to order pies in Aberdeen. Learn what NOT to do when you are trying to get published. And one of the most insane rounds of Werewolf versus Shark so far.

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Episode 005 – bonus materials

Picking up the chat again with Brian M. Milton – some more Whovian questions, followed by other British television fandoms from his formative years and more recently. Some obscure gems worth checking out, and we namecheck heavily for screenwriters. Intriguing! Warning: one or two fizzy drinks may have been consumed. You must be logged in […]

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Episode 005 – Brian M. Milton

Science fiction and humour in the story by writer Brian M. Milton, who reads it on our podcast! Plus Doctor Who fandom chat and writing to bring the lives of smaller SFF characters to life. Gentle humour and whimsy throughout!

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Episode 004 Bonus Materials

30 minutes of exclusive subscriber podcast content More chat with Stewart Horn. (Probably) NSFW! Jokes, digressions, outtakes and a longer discussion on being gay in 1980s Glasgow. Bonus hilarious horror limericks. I try to pronounce “Jörmungandr”, we discover the Terminator’s model numbers and ruminate on Godzilla’s biology, and then we tangent tango right into vegan […]

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Episode 004 – Stewart Horn

We delve into horror with Stewart Horn who read his story about a zombie invasion with a difference. We talk about why we love horror, why horror for children is important, how it has changed over time to embrace the complexities of modern life, and how it can help you as an LGBT+ person.

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