Eyewitness to History's Future: A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 169 – October 2020

Well known for his award-winning trilogy about terraforming Mars with Red Mars in 1992, Green Mars in 1993, and Blue Mars in 1996, Kim Stanley Robinson’s first novel, The Wild Shore, came out in 1984. The Wild Shore was the first book for his Orange County trilogy as well as the first title in Ace […]

Living Raw and Out Loud: A Conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 169 – October 2020

Before you ever heard of her, Rebecca Roanhorse was already on her way to glory. In 2018, she showed up in Pittsburgh for the Annual Nebula Awards Conference, nominated for her first publication: “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” (Apex Magazine 8/17). In front of a crowd of professional authors and publishers, almost all of […]

Dinosaurs and Metaphors: A Conversation with Sheila Williams

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 168 – September 2020

Born in Springfield, MA, Sheila Williams grew up in a family of five in western Massachusetts. Her mother had a master’s degree in microbiology; her father sparked her interest in genre fiction, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs to her. He had a membership to the Science Fiction Book Club, which delivered books every month. Once the […]

The Heart of the Story: A Conversation with Scott H. Andrews

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 168 – September 2020

Scott H. Andrews has over a dozen electric guitars, half of which he built himself, including one he started building in 2007. But then he launched Beneath Ceaseless Skies in 2008. Beneath Ceaseless Skies (BCS) is a nonprofit, SFWA-qualifying online magazine dedicated to publishing “literary adventure fantasy: fantasy set in secondary-world or historical paranormal settings, […]

From Bleak to Upbeat in Three Parts: A Conversation with Michael Swanwick

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 167 – August 2020

Writing fiction ranging from light fantasy to hard SF, Michael Swanwick has been earning award nominations since his 1980 novelettes landed on Locus lists and Nebula Awards ballots: “The Feast of Saint Janis” and “Ginungagap.” “Mummer Kiss” earned him his first win, an SF Chronicle Award in the Novelette category. Since then he’s received more […]

Miles . . . to Go: A Conversation with Lauren Beukes

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 167 – August 2020

International bestselling author Lauren Beukes grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She attended Roedean School in Johannesburg, earned an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, and spent a decade as a freelance journalist working in South Africa and the US, covering electricity cable thieves, HIV+ beauty pageants, metro cops, and homeless […]

Coffee Prince, Avatar, and Robot Rebellions: A Conversation with Madeline Ashby

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 166 – July 2020

If you search the Tor.com site for Madeline Ashby, you will find this entry: “Hi. My name is Madeline Ashby, and I write the Cowboy Bebop rewatch posts.” Dig deeper and you’ll find an individual who is passionate about a great many things: anime, novels, film, and the future among them. Born in Panorama City, […]

Overthrowing the Royal We: A Conversation with Kate Elliott

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 166 – July 2020

Kate Elliott has far more books out than you probably know. Née Alis A. Rasmussen, she was born in Des Moines, IA, studied at University College of North Wales—Bangor and at Mills College in Oakland, CA, earning a BA in English. Her debut novel, The Labyrinth Gate, was published in 1988. In 1990, came the […]

The Woman With No Name: A Conversation with John P. Murphy

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 165 – June 2020

John P. Murphy attended Viable Paradise in 2010 and started selling fiction shortly after. His first publications came out in 2011: several pieces in The Drabblecast and “The Body and the Bomb” in Crossed Genres. “Tumbleweeds and Indelicate Questions” was his first pro sale, published in Nature. After a few novella and short story sales, […]

The Three-Science-Fiction-Author Problem: A Conversation

INTERVIEW by Roderick Leeuwenhart in Issue 165 – June 2020

Taiyo Fujii, Japanese science fiction author of Gene Mapper and Orbital Cloud, invited me here. I only met him half a year earlier, at Worldcon in Dublin, but we quickly became friends and our plans took shape a few months later during dinner in Tokyo. The place is Lyon and the occasion is the AI […]

Flying Ponies: A Conversation with Lois McMaster Bujold

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 164 – May 2020

Lois McMaster Bujold has won the Hugo Award for Best Novel a record-tying four times: The Vor Game in 1991; Barrayar in 1992, which also won a Locus Award; Mirror Dance in 1995, which, again, also won a Locus Award; and Paladin of Souls in 2004, which also won a Nebula Award and a Locus […]

The Horror of it All! A Conversation with Tamsyn Muir

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 164 – May 2020

Tamsyn Muir landed on many readers’ radars with the release of full-length novel Gideon the Ninth, published by Tor.com publications in September 2019. Beyond blurbs and promises of something utterly unique, readers showed appreciation through Goodreads Choice nominations in two categories, as well as nominations and short listing for an array of other awards such […]

Short Stories and Sad Endings: A Conversation with Martha Wells

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 163 – April 2020

Martha Wells grew up in Texas reading science fiction and fantasy from a young age, getting books at her local library. In her teens, she was writing Star Wars and Godzilla fanfic, complete with maps of Monster Island. She received a BA in anthropology at Texas A&M but took other classes as well, including a […]

From Kibbutz to Career: A Conversation with Lavie Tidhar

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 163 – April 2020

Raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Lavie Tidhar began his world travels at fifteen, living in South Africa, the UK, Laos, and Vanuatu. At twenty-two he published a collection of poetry, and he had his first fiction stories published at twenty-seven. In 2009, the first volume of The Apex Book of World SF came out, […]

Calibrating the Stakes: A Conversation with Alastair Reynolds

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 162 – March 2020

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales. He earned degrees in astronomy from the Newcastle University in England and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He began writing science fiction in his teens, and had his first publication in Interzone in 1990: “Nunivak Snowflakes.” In 1991 he moved to the […]

Imaginary Friends: A Conversation with Kameron Hurley

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 162 – March 2020

Born in Battle Ground WA, Kameron Hurley received a BA in historical studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master’s from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, specializing in the history of South African resistance movements. She lived in Chicago for four years before moving to Dayton, OH. She began writing […]

Nanobots and Braincases: A Conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 161 – February 2020

The future is always closer than we think: Star Trek’s communicators to smartphones; Aldous Huxley’s soma to Prozac; Ray Bradbury’s seashells to earbuds. Tochi Onyebuchi is a science fiction author with a head full of visions, from automated police response to brains used as media storage to mechs piloted by vengeful women. A master of […]

Faith in Vision: A Conversation with Ken Liu

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 161 – February 2020

With “100+ short stories, novelettes, and novellas,” the collection The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, a debut novel The Grace of Kings and second book in the Dandelion Dynasty Series The Wall of Storms, a Star Wars novel Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker, and many translations (including Liu […]

Charging A Brick Wall: A Conversation with Walter Jon Williams

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 160 – January 2020

With published fiction spanning three decades, you’ve probably read Walter Jon Williams, even if you don’t know it. He’s known for changing styles and writing both within genre and in defiance of genre definitions. His work has appeared on awards lists since the ’80s, including a Sidewise Award in ’96 for “Foreign Devils,” and Nebula […]

The Color of Nature: A Conversation with Victo Ngai

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 160 – January 2020

Victo Ngai’s images have captivated the science fiction community since her striking 2011 cover for Tor.com publishing’s Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order. It is a cover with soft pastels set against a dark, dangerous backdrop, with careful intimacy amidst the danger, and a spray of petals caught in […]

Starfish and Sunflowers: A Conversation with Peter Watts

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 159 – December 2019

Peter Watts has been selling fiction for twenty years. He has won a number of awards for fiction including an Aurora Award for short story “A Niche,” a Hugo Award for novelette “The Island,” and a Shirley Jackson Award for short story “The Things.” He has been a finalist or been nominated for a host […]

Caste in Blood: A Conversation with Juliette Wade

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 159 – December 2019

Juliette Wade started writing fiction while studying for her PhD—a combination of linguistics and anthropology: “a ridiculously close look at cultural clashes inside classrooms where American students were learning Japanese, investigating how those impacted the way the students learned politeness grammar.” After finishing her degree, she continued to write in spare moments while working at […]

The Good Story: A Conversation with Susan Palwick

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 158 – November 2019

Since 1982, Susan Palwick has explored visions of the fantastic. She has crafted worlds resembling ours, as well as realms strikingly different; she has taken readers to the delightful, to the humorous, and to the horrific. In creative narratives, occasionally experimenting with style and structure, she has introduced interesting, memorable characters, capturing and exploring human […]

Bringing the Pieces Together: A Conversation with Jacob Weisman

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 158 – November 2019

Poet, essayist, fiction writer, editor, publisher, and more, Jacob Weisman founded Tachyon Publications in 1995 to “champion the creative storytelling of authors who inspire us through intelligent prose and imaginative worlds.” Weisman went from running fanzine Thirteenth Moon to publishing authors such as Charlie Jane Anders, Daryl Gregory, Nancy Kress, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Powers, […]

Ooze and Gore: A Conversation with Nicky Drayden

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 157 – October 2019

Humanity is depending on Seske Kaleigh in Nicky Drayden’s science fiction work, Escaping Exodus. Seske Kaleigh is meant to become matriarch. Her sister, cast aside by kinship rules, still challenges Seske’s claim at every turn. And then there’s Adalla, Seske’s beast worker best friend and possibly forbidden love, facing a grim destiny of her own, […]

Paint Your Own Language: A Conversation with Maurizio Manzieri

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 157 – October 2019

Maurizio Manzieri was born in Naples, Italy. Almost weekly, he visited ruins of ancient civilizations spread along the gulf, under the shadow of a volcano. He began his artistic career working as a graphic artist in advertising; his first editorial sale came in 1994 for the British magazine Interzone. Today, he is a professional illustrator […]

Science Fiction Heist: A Conversation with Derek Künsken

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 156 – September 2019

Science meets space opera meets heist in Derek Künsken’s The Quantum Evolution series. It all starts when con man Belisarius Arjona—a homo quantus (his mind and body have been engineered to be able to see directly into the quantum realm) and his “ensemble-cast” crew have to move a squadron of secret warships across an enemy […]

The Future of Shame and Hope: A Conversation with L.X. Beckett

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 156 – September 2019

Not all is bad and terrible and grim in the future. Sometimes disaster means change, and change means growth, and growth means a future full of cool ideas and good-hearted people. Hopepunk as a genre creates an opportunity for writers to explore positivity and kindness within the context of science fiction. Beckett’s “hopetopia” does just […]

Mission Critical: A Conversation with Jonathan Strahan

INTERVIEW by Neil Clarke in Issue 155 – August 2019

You may not have noticed, but the short fiction editors in this field are quite friendly to one another. It strikes some as odd that we can be on such collegial terms with our peers at competing magazines and anthologies, but the very things that drew us to this field draw us to one another. […]

Fractal Universes, Serialized Novels, and a Cat: A Conversation with Yoon Ha Lee

INTERVIEW by Chris Urie in Issue 154 – July 2019

A well-worn fictional universe is something to love. When you’ve spent countless enjoyable pages exploring the depths of nebulas and far flung planets, you find yourself occasionally wanting to go back after the last page has been turned. Thankfully, authors love to dip back in and explore their universes almost as much as we do. […]
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