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April 2017 ISSUE

Enlightenment Voices and Norse A Cappella: A Conversation with Ada Palmer

History and the future are inexorably intertwined. It’s impossible to predict what will happen without first considering what has come before. Empires, dynasties, religions, and philosophical movements ebb and flow, pushing forward towards the horizon. This is why some of the best science fiction has one foot rooted deeply in history.
In Too Like the Lightning [...]

March 2017 ISSUE

Howling at the Lunar Landscape: A Conversation with Ian McDonald

That luminous sphere hanging over us in the night sky has long been the source of fascination, conspiracy, dreams, and adventure. Stories have been spun on moonbeams and grounded in moon rocks. It sits in the sky as a reminder of both our history and the future. Countless authors have looked up to see bases, [...]

February 2017 ISSUE

Organic Tech and Healing Clay: A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor

Finding yourself within a story is a rite of passage for any reader. There’s that magical moment when you find the analog to a piece of your own soul within the pages of a book. You find yourself with an expanding sense of empathy for characters whose feelings, memories, and experiences are familiar to your [...]

January 2017 ISSUE

A Collective Pseudonym and an Expanding Universe: A Conversation with James S.A. Corey

Authors contain multitudes. They encompass many worlds, characters, images, intangibles, and emotions. But sometimes an author literally contains a multitude. James S.A. Corey is one such author.
James S.A. Corey is the collective pseudonym of Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank. They are the minds behind the blockbuster series The Expanse, which has been adapted for TV [...]

December 2016 ISSUE

Magician Spies and Wacky Rubbish: A Conversation with Bruce Sterling

Authors are eclectic collectors. They gather various interests, knowledge of dubious use, and esoteric hobbies that they then synthesize into a mad scientist brew of characters and story. Sprinkle in a bit of history, lesser known facts, and a dash of fantastical engineering and you may have the newest novel by Bruce Sterling.
Pirate Utopia is [...]

November 2016 ISSUE

Bioengineered Athletes and True Stories: A Conversation with Lauren Beukes

Sometimes the reality is stranger than fiction and sometimes fiction helps to shed some philosophical light on reality. Both are entwined, influencing each other and the author placing one word after the other. Lauren Beukes is one such author that has the imagination and the journalistic chops to craft both stories of marauding art installations [...]

October 2016 ISSUE

Jazz Music and Greek Myths: A Conversation with Peter S. Beagle

Stories and jazz music go hand in hand. Imagination lays the foundation built on a feeling until structure emerges. The plot twists, the characters evolve, and what you end up with is something far more than the sum of its parts.
Peter S. Beagle has always been an author with an ear for beautiful writing. His [...]

September 2016 ISSUE

Cat Pictures and Food Blogs: A Conversation with Naomi Kritzer

The Internet seems to be fueled by feline antics. Everywhere you look, there’s a kitten stuck in a piece of toast, a tabby karate kicking a dog, or a Siamese cat rocking out to dubstep. If you peel back the layers of the Internet, you’re sure to find a cat tangled up in Ethernet wires [...]

August 2016 ISSUE

Volcanoes, Obelisks, and Spam Sushi: A Conversation with N.K. Jemisin

Worlds in upheaval are a staple of fantasy literature. Warring factions collide as they grasp for power. But what happens when it is the actual Earth beneath your feet that is roiling and about to explode? What about when the skies have gone dark, the weather has turned against the people, and the planet itself [...]

July 2016 ISSUE

Talkative Creatures and a Mesozoic Cocktail: A Conversation with Michael Swanwick

Variety is the spice of short fiction. Within an hour, you can have an adventure under the seas of Europa, navigate Faerie, and be back on earth in time for an airship heist. One writer who has consistently surprised and delighted with his odd and eloquent stories is Michael Swanwick.
Not So Much, Said the Cat [...]