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Episode 010 – Cymera SF Book Festival with Ann Landmann

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Learn about how a book festival is made! Ann Landmann, founder of Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing, joins us to talk about the organisation, this year’s amazing highlights, and why you should come along to Edinburgh to check it out.

Episode 009 – Confessions of a Bookseller with D Franklin

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Behind the scene secrets for the UK’s leading book shop chain, Top 10 SFF books for 2019. Surprising answers to questions like: how are books selected by retailers? How can self-published books end up on mainstream shops’ shelves? Do people judge books by their covers? How can authors help promote their books in shops, even when they are shy?

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 […]

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.

Episode 007 – bonus materials

trans literature special podcast

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.

Episode 007 – Elaine Gallagher

trans literature special podcast

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!

Episode 006 – Christopher Napier & Don Redwood

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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.

Episode 005 – bonus materials

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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 […]