Your daily digest from Ytterbiumcon (Eastercon 70) held at the Park Inn, Heathrow. I talk to Stewart Hotston, author of Tangle’s Game (Rebellion) about financial disaster, and Dave Hutchinson, author of the award winning Europe series about a lot of things! Sorry for the sound quality but finding a quiet spot in a heaving convention (at an airport hotel) is quite hard.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Cat Hellisen is a South African SFF author living in Scotland who came along to chat with me about writing magic, selkies, agents, found family, and growing up in SA.
We chat with fantasy and sci-fi author Neil Williamson about genre blurring. He reads us a short story that evokes the spirit of Glasgow and we discuss the pros and cons of indy publishing vs mainstream. And we get a tease of his upcoming novel.