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Transcript: SFFWRTCHT With Jonathan Strahan

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Future Guests 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove 4/30 @JamesLSutter 5/7 @DougHulick 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcIsaac 5/28 @EMoontx #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:43:39 +0000 2014)

BryanThomasS: You all may remember my Black Gate #sffwrtcht intv with 4 Year’s Best Editors. Tonight I add numbr 5 @JonathanStrahan http://t.co/yMf2VibqAw (Thu Apr 17 00:52:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: You all may remember my Black Gate #sffwrtcht intv with 4 Year’s Best Editors. Tonight I add numbr 5 @JonathanStrahan http://t.co/mAMso5rvTc (Thu Apr 17 00:53:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: 15 minutes to @JonathanStrahan revealing the secret six easy steps to writing year’s best fiction (No Pressure, Jonathan) on #sffwrtcht live (Thu Apr 17 00:54:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Ooops, really 5 min. I can’t tell time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:55:09 +0000 2014)
JonathanStrahan: No pressure, Bryan :) You ssume I know how to write :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:56:12 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @JonathanStrahan LOL Your opening essay in Best SFF Vol 8 was pretty well written. Ghost writer? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:57:05 +0000 2014)
JonathanStrahan: Heh. No. I had to write that myself. Never my favourite thing, but it has to be done. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:58:10 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @JonathanStrahan It had interesting history of the Best Of anthologies I hadn’t remembered. Well done. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 00:59:30 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: .@JonathanStrahan #sffwrtcht I enjoy writing antho intros but then I’m a writer first who fell into editing. ;)  (Thu Apr 17 00:59:54 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:00:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:00:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:00:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Apr 17 01:00:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:00:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JonathanStrahan is reviews editor for @LocusMag and also edits numerous acclaimed anthologies #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:01:01 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Hi Bryan and Welcome @JonathanStrahan #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:01:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He co-edited the Year�s Best Australian #scifi and #fantasy for 2 yrs & now edits Best #scifi & #fantasy of the Year for Solaris #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:01:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Past projects include ENGINEERING INFINITY, EDGE OF INFINITY, GODLIKE MACHINES, and two NEW SPACE OPERA anthos w/ Gardner Dozois #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 17 01:01:52 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @Wyld_Dandelyon @JonathanStrahan #sffwrtcht Hi D! (Thu Apr 17 01:01:59 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Tonight on #sffwrtcht @SparkInChief talks about the days when he went by Brianna, #editing #crowdfunding helping new authors & more 5 min (Thu Apr 10 00:56:32 +0000 2014)

SparkInChief: Wait, what? This should be interesting. MT @sffwrtcht Tonight on #sffwrtcht @SparkInChief talks about the days when he went by Brianna, (Thu Apr 10 00:58:04 +0000 2014)
SparkInChief: This, I’ll talk about! MT @sffwrtcht Tonight on #sffwrtcht @SparkInChief talks about #editing #crowdfunding helping new authors & more 5 min (Thu Apr 10 00:59:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 4/16 @JonathanStrahan 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove 4/30 @JamesLSutter 5/7 @DougHulick 5/14 @BenBova 5/21 @JodiMcISaac #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 00:59:55 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SparkInChief I’ll ask until I get the answers I want… Mwuah ha ha haaaaa #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:00:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:01:56 +0000 2014)
SparkInChief: .@sffwrtcht You may not get the answers you want, but you’ll get the answers you need. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:01:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:02:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:02:22 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Apr 10 01:02:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:02:42 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @SparkInChief, to #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:03:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight’s guest Brian Lewis @SparkInChief prepared for this chat by telling his wife & 8 kids to pack & choose new names in case #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:03:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SParkinChief is Founder and Editor In Chief of Spark, anthology series, which now has 5 issues out and a 6th on the way, #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:04:01 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He’s an active member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association, an alumnus of CA State Summer School for the Arts in Crtv Writng #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 10 01:04:47 +0000 2014) View full article »

YA Report: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

by Michelle Ristuccia

 

With Earth Star, the engaging sequel to Earth Girl, Janet Edwards brings us a completely different sort of scifi adventure while continuing the themes of discrimination, self discovery, and the emerging theme of commitment. In Earth Star Jarra suddenly finds her military connections to be of great importance as she attempts to connect the distant past with a military mystery of the present in the hopes of avoiding a future disaster. Jarra has matured as a character over the prevoious book yet still acts her age as she confronts a variety of personal challenges, from boyfriend to bullying issues.

Earth Star by Janet Edwards

The theme of discrimination has matured along with Jarra, exploring the systemic nature of such societal ills, including personal attacks directed at Jarra for her ape status. These attacks endanger not only Jarra but the mission at hand, and in turn the safety of the Earth itself. Her Earth-bound status also enters into her developing relationship, though for more practical reasons, and is one of the barriers to commitment she must overcome. Jarra also faces a phobia that threatens her ability to perform her duty, which is as dangerous as ever.

Find out if Jarra can live up to her newfound hero status in this excellently written, fast paced, hard scifi adventure.

Purchase Earth Star from any of the vendors listed by Pyr, and find out more about the author at http://janetedwards.com/

Visit our review of Earth Girl here and our interview of the lovely Janet Edwards here.

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Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica

by Michelle Ristuccia

 

Impact Velocity, the third in The Physics of Falling trilogy by Leah Petersen, takes us back into Jake’s life five years after the birth of his daughter, Molly, and his adoption of then two-year-old Owen Blaine, now seven. After a moving opening and transition showing the ups and downs of Jake’s life as the emperor’s husband and the father of two children, Leah Petersen blows us away with a death that drives Jake and his family underground.

 

Impact Velocity by Leah PetersenOne of the impressive aspects of The Physics of Falling is the way that Petersen takes us through most of Jake’s life, spanning decades between his teenage self, marriage, and parenthood. Because of this, each book has a different feel reflecting Jake’s increasing maturity and shifting perspective, from slum rat to scientist to emperor’s husband. Yet through it all, Jacob Dawes retains his identity as a scientist and reveals himself a man who cares deeply about his loved ones, enough to painstakingly teach himself how to live better for and with them. This is what makes the series an astoundingly successful romance, with a follow-through and time span often lacking in the romance genre.

 

Character development and descriptions of trauma, including post-traumatic, also help make The Physics of Falling an exceptional trilogy. It may seem as if no trigger is left untouched in these heart-wrenching pages, so readers beware. Petersen also explores the better side of emotions, from pure joy to bittersweet nostalgia, with equal eloquence. Each chapter of Impact Velocity is headed by a recollection, such as a journal entry or instant message exchange, many of which highlight the depth of Pete and Jake’s relationship and relevant events from the previous novels.

 

Yet what impressed me the most was the presence and importance of children in Impact Velocity. The Physics of Falling is even more of a hard science fiction trilogy as a romance, and here again it departs from genre tropes by including parenthood and children. Molly, who was carried by a surrogate for Pete and Jake, is a fierce 5-year-old who looks out for her older brother Owen as much as he protects her. Owen, for his part, is Jake’s adopted son, whose birth father and villain Duke Blaine plays a vital role in the novel along with Owen. Unlike most genre novels, the children are neither the main characters nor play things of casual mention, but rather play proper roles as secondary characters with appropriate power and scope for their age. And most importantly, even when they are not in the room, they are always on Jake’s mind, their very existence affecting his ever decision to the point where he will even consider working with Owen’s father to protect Owen.

 

Lastly, Duke Blaine himself deserves a mention, since he was a principal villain in the previous book and plays an intriguing, inextricable role in Impact Velocity. In Cascade Effect, Duke Blaine came up against Jake because he took offense at Jake’s lowly birth and marriage to the emperor. In Impact Velocity, Duke Blaine must face evidence of the illogic of social stratification first hand as well as fallout from his actions in the previous book. While I wouldn’t exactly call him a good guy, the Duke definitely brings moral ambiguity to the plot as he represents the larger societal prejudice that Jake and Pete strive to improve, and another villain rises above Blaine as the uniting antagonist of the novel.

 

The Physics of Falling is an amazing trilogy that no science fiction fan should miss. Leah Petersen delivers on romance, character development, plot and political scheming, and love of science – in no particular order. Each novel is as strong as the first and each offers a different flavor while presenting united themes and plotlines. Leah Petersen has earned my trust as a novelist and I would gladly pick up whatever she comes up with next, even if it be outside my comfort zone, as was a homosexual romance when I started reading Fighting Gravity. Come for the m/m romance or the strong science fiction, and leave with the full plate of a well executed series.

 

Purchase Fighting Gravity, Cascade Effect, and Impact Velocity by following the links on Leah Petersen’s website:

http://www.leahpetersen.com/

You can also read my review of Fighting Gravity, Cascade Effect and interview with Leah Petersen from 2012.

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Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Future Guests 4/09 @SparkInChief 4/16 @JonathanStrahan 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove 4/30 @JamesLSutter 5/7 @DougHulick 5/14 @BenBova . #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 00:52:00 +0000 2014)

sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 00:59:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 00:59:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 00:59:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Apr 03 00:59:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 00:59:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 4/09 @SparkInChief 4/16 @JonathanStrahan 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove 4/30 @JamesLSutter 5/7 @DougHulick #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:09 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JeremiahTolbert has been writing and selling #scifi and #fantasy short stories since 2001 #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:18 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Lightspeed, Black Gate, Fantasy, Interzone, Ideomancer and Asimov�s amongst others #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:25 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fict… (Thu Apr 03 01:00:29 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the gu… (Thu Apr 03 01:00:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He�s also had stories in anthologies like THE WAY OF THE WIZARD, All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, and Federations #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:37 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His forthcoming works include a story in HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY and his debut in ASIMOV�S #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His day job is web design, specializing in author websites athttp://t.co/SJsaFAe6Ei which he�s done full time for 5 years #sffwrtcht (Thu Apr 03 01:00:55 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcripts-flatjulieczerneda: Ready to start. Minions have provisioned me! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 00:59:12 +0000 2014)

sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 00:59:40 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @julieczerneda Perfect. Welcome :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 00:59:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:00:07 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:00:15 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: will leave out the “the’s” when tweeting TURN #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:00:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Mar 27 01:00:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:00:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: /Future Guests 4/02 @JeremiahTolbert Web Design 4/09 @SparkInChief 4/16 @JonathanStrahan 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove 4/30 @JamesLSutter #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:11 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JulieCzerneda is a Canadian former biologist and current hockey fan who also writes novels #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Married to her best friend, she often stuffs fungi, shells and feathers in her pockets. Her hubby and kids understand. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her #scifi works include the series THE CLAN CHRONICLES, ESEN AND HER WEB and SPECIES IMPERATIVE #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She�s also edited anthologies like PACKING FRACTIONS, POLARIS, ReVISIONS and Space, Inc. among others, many for @DawBooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:45 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JulieCzerneda is a Canadian former biologist and current hockey fan who also writes novels #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her latest novel is A TURN OF LIGHT, the first in the Nights Edge #fantasy series from @DAWBooks. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:01:55 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Married to her best friend, she often stuffs fungi, shells and feathers in her pockets. Her hubby and kids understand. #sff… (Thu Mar 27 01:02:04 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A PLAY OF SHADOW and THE GOSSAMER MAGE will follow #sffwrtcht Soon, I hope ;)  (Thu Mar 27 01:02:07 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Her #scifi works include the series THE CLAN CHRONICLES, ESEN AND HER WEB and SPECIES IMPERATIVE #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her fantasy anthologies as editor include AGES OF WONDER and the forthcoming MISSPELLED. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:18 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: She�s also edited anthologies like PACKING FRACTIONS, POLARIS, ReVISIONS and Space, Inc. among others, many for @DawBooks #… (Thu Mar 27 01:02:19 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Hello and welcome @julieczerneda! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:27 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: Her latest novel is A TURN OF LIGHT, the first in the Nights Edge #fantasy series from @DAWBooks. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her 2001 novel IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS was a finalist for the PK Dick Award, won the 2002 Prix Aurora & RT Revwr�s Choice Awards #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:33 +0000 2014)
JLovesAStory: RT @sffwrtcht: A PLAY OF SHADOW and THE GOSSAMER MAGE will follow #sffwrtcht Soon, I hope ;)  (Thu Mar 27 01:02:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: You can find @JulieCzerneda on Twitter, Facebook and her website athttp://t.co/ty2NWKPhRx #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:02:41 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht Define … Soon… (Thu Mar 27 01:02:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @JulieCzerneda! First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? (Thu Mar 27 01:02:58 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @julieczerneda LOL This Fall? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:03:07 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @kodermike Work schmurk. This is part of my job #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:03:20 +0000 2014)
Dan_Mansfield: Won’t be able to tune in, but check out @julieczerneda live at #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 27 01:03:27 +0000 2014)
Dan_Mansfield: RT @sffwrtcht: You can find @JulieCzerneda on Twitter, Facebook and her website at http://t.co/ty2NWKPhRx #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:03:33 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht I kept Things in the basement. Alive things. Curiosity followed… (Thu Mar 27 01:03:55 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@juliaczerneda Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:04:10 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht This fall yup. A Play of Shadow is out in November. (Thu Mar 27 01:04:20 +0000 2014)
tubooks: @julieczerneda Hi! I didn’t realize you were on Twitter. Glad to discover you and #sffwrtcht. (Thu Mar 27 01:04:24 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@julieczerneda Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:04:42 +0000 2014)
kentdaitken: @sffwrtcht @dawbooks @julieczerneda What’s your balance between world-visioning vs. story-writing for a given book? (Thu Mar 27 01:04:54 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: For years @julieczerneda I have thought of you as an SF author. Where did the “fantasy turn” come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:05:23 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht My Poppa brought me Tarzan and Doc Savage. Loved those. But it was Andre Norton who really got me hooked. (Thu Mar 27 01:05:29 +0000 2014)
EssHill: @julieczerneda when is your next book out? Always so excited to open your books. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:05:31 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht And Darwin. Mustn’t forget him. (Thu Mar 27 01:05:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Lively group. @julieczerneda is already drowning in questions. Please allow her to catch up for a moment #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:06:14 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht My next out is SPECIES IMPERATIVE the omnibus, in Sept, then PLAY in November Thanks for asking! (Thu Mar 27 01:07:08 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@julieczerneda Speaking of Darwin. You used to be a professional biologist. Where’d your interest in science come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:08:40 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht I’m good, btw. I practiced. Ask away. (Thu Mar 27 01:08:40 +0000 2014)
kentdaitken: @sffwrtcht @dawbooks @julieczerneda What’s your balance between world-visioning vs. story-writing for a given book? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:08:57 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht Paul asked about the fantasy. Brewing for decades. I love the stuff. Just wasn’t sure how to do it. (Thu Mar 27 01:09:26 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht My interest in biology? I spent my childhood mucking in marshes and generally bringing slime home. Couldn’t help it! (Thu Mar 27 01:10:15 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: @sffwrtcht @julieczerneda sorry! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:10:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@julieczerneda When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 27 01:10:22 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht Seriously, though. While I love all sciences, biology is the one that speaks to me most. Living things are astonishing! (Thu Mar 27 01:10:50 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht I build the world until I have enough Stuff to feel comfortable writing. Probably spend about 1/4 my time on it. (Thu Mar 27 01:11:45 +0000 2014)
julieczerneda: #sffwrtcht I have no training as a writer. I do, however, own a LOT of books. Love books and reading. The writing kinda happened… (Thu Mar 27 01:12:31 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcripts-flattalekyn: RT @PrinceJvstin: 11 min to #sffwrtcht with @OrbitBooks & @TorBooks author @ALeeMartinez telling jokes and, er, answering our questions #sc… (Thu Mar 20 00:57:41 +0000 2014)

sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 00:58:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 00:59:05 +0000 2014)
ALeeMartinez: @sffwrtcht I should go to the bathroom before we start then (Thu Mar 20 00:59:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 00:59:18 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Mar 20 00:59:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 00:59:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 3/26 @JulieCzerneda 4/02 @JeremiahTolbert Web Design 4/09 @SparkInChief 4/16 @JonathanStrahan 4/23 @ClaireAshgrove #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 00:59:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @ALeeMartinez was born in El Paso, Texas and started writing novels at eighteen #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:00:09 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Thirteen years later, his debut novel, GIL�S ALL FRIGHT DINER, released from @TorBooks and won an ALA Alex Award in 2006 #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:00:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Over a dozen novels followed including titles like MONSTER, IN THE COMPANY OF OGRES, THE AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE and CRANKY DEAD #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:00:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Known for humorous mixes of horror, scifi & fantasy, his latest are HELEN & TROY�S EPIC ROAD QUEST from @OrbitBooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:00:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: And & the collection ROBOT VS. SLIME MONSTERS #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:01:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: You can find @ALeeMartinez on Twitter, Facebook and his website athttp://t.co/l9tfId2xyo #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:01:15 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @ALeeMartinez! First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? (Thu Mar 20 01:01:25 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may have caught @ALeeMartinez literally with his pants down #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 20 01:02:14 +0000 2014)
talekyn: Time for #sffwrtcht with guest @ALeeMartinez! Just follow the hashtag and join in! (Thu Mar 20 01:02:21 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @ALeeMartinez to #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:03:08 +0000 2014)
ALeeMartinez: @sffwrtcht I have always loved monster movies and superheroes for as long as I remember. That pretty much covers all types of fantasy, scifi (Thu Mar 20 01:03:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: RT @ALeeMartinez I have always loved monster movies and superheroes for as long as I remember. That pretty much covers all… #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:04:08 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: RT @sffwrtcht RT @ALeeMartinez …types of fantasy, scifi… #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:04:29 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: RT @Wyld_Dandelyon: Welcome, @ALeeMartinez to #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:04:53 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @sffwrtcht Somebody should have tipped @ALeeMartinez that you have a habit of doing that. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:05:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@ALeeMartinez Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:05:27 +0000 2014)
SheridanWriter: RT @sffwrtcht: RT @ALeeMartinez I have always loved monster movies and superheroes for as long as I remember. That pretty much covers all….. (Thu Mar 20 01:05:30 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn @sffwrtcht @ALeeMartinez #sffwrtcht I lied and told him chat is 6 hours. IS it my fault he thought I was full of crap? (Thu Mar 20 01:06:00 +0000 2014)
ALeeMartinez: @sffwrtcht Walt Simonson’s epic run on Marvel’s Thor remains probably my single greatest influence. Edgar Rice Burroughs is also a fave. (Thu Mar 20 01:07:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @ALeeMartinez Do me a favor please, skip the @sffwrtcht and use #sffwrtcht instead. That’s what people follow. Sorry for any confusion. (Thu Mar 20 01:08:06 +0000 2014)
ALeeMartinez: @sffwrtcht Not your typical answer, but Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck are also strong inspirations (Thu Mar 20 01:08:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: RT @ALeeMartinez #sffwrtcht Walt Simonson’s epic run on Marvel’s Thor remains probably my single greatest influence. (Thu Mar 20 01:08:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: RT @ALeeMartinez #sffwrtcht Edgar Rice Burroughs is also a fave. Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck are also strong inspirations (Thu Mar 20 01:08:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@ALeeMartinez When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 20 01:09:18 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 3/12/14 With Jon Sprunk

Transcripts-flatJonSprunk: #sffwrtcht okay, let’s try this…. (Thu Mar 13 01:00:10 +0000 2014)

sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:00:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:00:30 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:00:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Mar 13 01:00:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht Or I may ask for faster cuz it’s Jon. (Thu Mar 13 01:01:02 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 3/19 @ALeeMartinez 3/26 @JulieCzerneda 4/02 @JeremiahTolbert on Authors & The Web 4/09 @SparkInChief Brian Lewis #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:01:12 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @JonSprunk is a husband and father living and working in Pennsylvania. #sffwrtcht He may have once been Amish… (Thu Mar 13 01:01:37 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His debut series from @Pyr_Books was the #fantasy trilogy Shadow�s Son, Shadow�s Lure and Shadow�s Master #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:01:54 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: His latest, BLOOD AND IRON, is the first in a new trilogy, THE BOOK OF THE BLACK EARTH. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:02:08 +0000 2014)
JonSprunk: #sffwrtcht Not Amish… yet :)  (Thu Mar 13 01:02:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: He has been our guest before, is a frequent contributor to Black Gate, & had short fiction appear in anthos like Sails & Sorcery #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 13 01:02:35 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 01:59:37 +0000 2014)

sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 01:59:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 01:59:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Mar 06 02:00:01 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:00:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 3/12 @jsprunk70 3/19 @ALeeMartinez 3/26 @JulieCzerneda Upcoming: Brandon Sanderson, James L. Sutter #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:00:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @TLMorganfield was born in San Diego but now lives in Colorado with her husband and children. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:00:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: An alumnus of Clarion West, she graduated from Metropolitan State U. with dual degrees in English and History #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:00:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She reads and writes way too much about Aztec history and mythology, which is reflected in her work. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:00 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her debut novel, THE BONE FLOWER THRONE, first in a alternate history fantasy from Panverse, is one such work. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: First in a trilogy, she describes it as a feminist epic historical fantasy retelling of Topiltzin-Quetzalcoatl myths #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: In 2009, her Aztec alt history story, “Night Bird Soaring” was a finalist for the Sidewise Award. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She sold her first pro story to Realms of Fantasy in 2010 #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:48 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Others have appeared in Shock Totem, Space and Time, Sorcerous Signals and the Panverse anthology Eight Against Reality #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:01:56 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: You can find @TLMorganfield on Twitter, Facebook and her blog/website athttp://t.co/FS4HP5XEyI. #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:02:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @TLMorganfield! First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? (Thu Mar 06 02:02:18 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: Thanks! Glad to be here! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:03:17 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: In 8th grade I became obsessed with ST:TNG and started writing fan fiction for fun. From there, I found Asimov and PKD #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:04:07 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I liked a lot of fantasy when I was a kid but didn’t become a serious reader of it until I was an adult and started writing it #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:04:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Wow. Great entry points all. @TLMorganfield Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:04:39 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: For SF, my fav authors were Asimov and PKD, for fantasy, Lyda Morehouse, Sharon Shinn, and @mkhobson. Morehouse inspired me most #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:05:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@TLMoganfield When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:05:50 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I wanted to write something similar to her AngeLink series, so I wrote my 1st Aztec science fantasy story while at @ClarionWest #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:06:12 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I’ve wanted to be a writer since my 1st writing class in 4th grade, and good teachers kept me from ever losing that focus #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:07:03 +0000 2014)
AikoujOi: Do you have a favorite scene or part from the Bone Flower Throne? #sffwrtcht(Thu Mar 06 02:07:29 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I took college workshops, but @ClarionWest was the greatest test of my dream and solidified my desire to do this professionally #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:07:30 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@TLMorganfield How long did you write before making your first sale? What was it and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:07:39 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I’ve done online workshops too, such as Zoetrope Virtual Studios and Liberty Hall Writers. I made my 1st fiction sale through ZVS #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:07:46 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: My 1st fiction sale was to Zoetrope: All-Story Extra, the online supplement to the print magazine. The story wasn’t speculative #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:08:47 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: My first paid spec fic sale was to an online place called 1000 Delights. I didn’t know at the time it was also a porn site! #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:08:59 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: It was a terrible story, so I often think of my sale tohttp://t.co/m2xXP7NVrh 3yrs later as my real 1st sale :-D #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:09:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: heh OOPS ;) .@TLMorganfield You started with short fiction. Do you approach short form and long form differently as far as craft? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:09:43 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: @AikoujOi My favorite scene: the one where Quetzalpetlatl summons the fire serpent in Teotihuacan. Really like how it turned out #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:11:07 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I dislike writing short fiction because I naturally tend writer at longer lengths, but short work was a way to build name rec #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:11:39 +0000 2014)
tlmorganfield: I don’t think I ever really figured out how to write good short fiction consistently, so I’ve given them up to focus on novels #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:11:53 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Long form is my comfort zone too @TLMorganfield Where’d your interest in the Aztecs and their history come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Mar 06 02:12:31 +0000 2014) View full article »

Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 2/26/14 With Wendy N. Wagner

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: In 10 min, @wnwagner will explain how she left behind her dream of sewing clothing for circus animals and became a writer on #sffwrtcht live (Thu Feb 27 01:50:41 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 01:59:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 01:59:55 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:00:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Feb 27 02:00:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:00:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 3/5 @TLMorganfield 3/12 @jsprunk70 3/19 @ALeeMartinez 3/26 @JulieCzerneda Upcoming: Brandon Sanderson #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:00:37 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 3/5 @TLMorganfield 3/12 @jsprunk70 3/19 @ALeeMartinez 3/26 @JulieCzerneda Upcoming: Brandon Sanderson #sffwrtcht .. (Thu Feb 27 02:00:57 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A longtime staff member of Lightspeed, now Managing Editor, @WnWagner has written almost 30 published short stories #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:01:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @WnWagner�s debut novel from Paizo is a Pathfinder Tales story about Vikings called SKINWALKERS #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:01:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her stories have appeared in places like Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Ideomancer, Innsmouth, Scape and Crossed Genres #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:01:58 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: And in anthologies like Armored, The Way Of The Wizard, Beast Within 2 and 3, and the forthcoming Shattered Shields #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:02:10 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A Portland, OR mother, wife and book collector, she�s also Managing Editor for Nightmare Magazine #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:02:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A regular blogger on the Inkpunks and a twitter junkie. You can also find her on FB and her blog at http://t.co/zqAcEnFMYD.#sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:02:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: #truestory She got married so she could get a better last name than woohoo #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:02:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht WNWAGNER! First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? (Thu Feb 27 02:02:56 +0000 2014)
wnwagner: My mom & my sister read to me a lot as a little kid. 4 year-old me *loved* ALICE IN WONDERLAND and WATERSHIP DOWN. Still do! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:03:24 +0000 2014)
PrinceJvstin: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @wnwagner ! (Thu Feb 27 02:03:25 +0000 2014)
wnwagner: I would go to the bookmobile & get armloads of books, for all ages. Stephen King. Anne McCafferey. Heinlein. Joan Aiken. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:03:36 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @wnwagner Ohhhhhhhh WATERSHIP DOWN, amazing. I reread it every few years. Watch the film too #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:03:47 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@wnwagner Who were some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:04:09 +0000 2014)
wnwagner: It’s a classic. I love Richard Adams’ work. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:04:54 +0000 2014)
wnwagner: Have you read PLAGUE DOGS? Best. Animal Fiction. Ever. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:05:12 +0000 2014)
wnwagner: Octavia Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas & Sheri S Tepper are my absolute favorites for SF. David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey for fantasy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 27 02:05:38 +0000 2014) View full article »