Endings & Experimentations: Conversations with Bora Chung and Anton Hur

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 195 – December 2022

Bora Chung Bora Chung was born in Seoul, Korea. She has earned an M.A. in Russian and East European area studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures from Indiana University with a focus on modern Russian and Polish Literatures—specifically, utopian literature. She fell in love with strange, fantastic stories by Eastern European […]

Women Have Always Been Here: A Conversation with Lisa Yaszek

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 195 – December 2022

Lisa Yaszek just might be an anthologist and scholar we all should be talking about more. Yaszek was born in Dearborn, Michigan and grew up in various Detroit suburbs. She could read fluently by the time she was three. She earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, first putting in two […]

Refusing Categorization: A Conversation with Ray Nayler

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 194 – November 2022

Ray Nayler was born in Quebec and spoke French before he spoke English. The son of a hardware engineer, Nayler grew up in Fremont, California. “As a kid I once had so many overdue books that one of the librarians showed up at my house to get them back. I grew up skateboarding, and still […]

The Poetry of Prose: A Conversation with Nisi Shawl

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 194 – November 2022

Nisi Shawl has been reading since around age six. They have also been crafting entertaining stories since early childhood. A confession, from the autobiography on their website: “When I was little, I told my middle sister Julie convoluted tales of how I, a mermaid, had come to dwell in the small midwestern town of Kalamazoo, […]

Switching Perspectives: A Conversation with Marie Vibbert

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 193 – October 2022

Marie Vibbert was born at Booth Charity Hospital in East Cleveland, Ohio. She has lived in the greater Cleveland area since. She earned a bachelor’s from Case Western Reserve University and has also received “some boring technology certifications.” Vibbert met Brian Crick at Case Western, and they were married in 2001 at his mother’s house […]

Intersectional Communities: A Conversation with Tory Stephens

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 192 – September 2022

Tory Stephens lived in East Cambridge, Massachusetts until he was ten years old. It was an ideal place to live until the eighties crack epidemic happened. “My mother, brother, and I walked into our apartment one day and surprised some burglars. I remember seeing the microwave, TV, and AC all stacked on top of each […]

Weird Compost: A Conversation with Ruthanna Emrys

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 192 – September 2022

Ruthanna Emrys was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She moved for college, grad school, and academic positions, eventually landing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed outside Washington, DC. “I love DC; it feels like home, and I hope to stay living there for the rest of my life. I love the free museums that […]

Abstract Concepts: A Conversation with Ashley Mackenzie

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 191 – August 2022

Ashley Mackenzie was born in Victoria, BC and grew up in Vancouver. Their family moved to Edmonton when they were eight and, other than spending a few years in Toronto for university, they ended up moving back to help their family. Mackenzie took a year of online courses via the Academy of Art University in […]

War and Peace: A Conversation with Anya Ow

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 191 – August 2022

Anya Ow was born and raised in Singapore. “At the time, Yio Chu Kang wasn’t as built over, migratory birds were more common, and you could fish in the canals closer to the aerospace park. It was a childhood that is perhaps less commonly possible in Singapore now that the country’s becoming more densely developed […]

Mushrooms Sprout From Dead Things: A Conversation with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 190 – July 2022

Silvia Moreno-Garcia was born in Baja California, Mexico, and grew up in various places throughout the country. Her parents worked at radio stations, and she grew up surrounded by vinyl records. Her great-grandmother was from Hidalgo, and Moreno-Garcia drew inspiration from her stories and oral storytelling. Moreno-Garcia’s introduction to horror literature was via a collection […]

Dirty Words: A Conversation with Eileen Gunn

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 190 – July 2022

If you ask your favorite science fiction authors who their favorite science fiction author is, many of them will say: Eileen Gunn. Eileen Gunn was born in Dorchester, MA. “I grew up partly in Quincy, Mass., south of Boston, and partly south of there in Norwell, in the remote ’burbs, where we lived in a […]

A Whole New Wonderful Nightmare: A Conversation with Sam J. Miller

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 189 – June 2022

When Sam J. Miller was in preschool, they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said, “Tyrannosaurus rex.” Miller was born in Hudson, NY, and he escaped when he was eighteen. Trained to be a butcher, the family shop went under; Walmart took over the town. Miller went to Rutgers […]

Everyday Dystopia: A Conversation with Samit Basu

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 189 – June 2022

Samit Basu was born and raised in Kolkata in West Bengal, India. He earned a degree in economics at Presidency College and completed a course in broadcasting and documentary filmmaking at the University of Westminster in London. Basu’s debut novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, “India’s first ever SFF (science fiction/fantasy) genre novel in English,” was published […]

Making Short Work of Commentary: A Conversation with Dennard Dayle

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 188 – May 2022

Dennard Dayle is a serious prankster. No, really. Even the news says this, so you know it’s true. Well, that program may not have used the term “prank,” but The New Yorker did. Dayle may be recognized by many for the pranks he’s pulled, but he’s also a successful fiction author with impressive sales and […]

More Complex Than Caricature: A Conversation with Alex Shvartsman & Tarryn Thomas

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 188 – May 2022

Alex Shvartsman was born and grew up in Odesa, Ukraine, “or Odessa, USSR back then, the different spelling is not a typo.” He lived there for about fourteen years, then immigrated to New York City. He has lived in Brooklyn since 1991, and still lives there with his family, including a cat and a dog. […]

A Whole World of SFF: A Conversation with Rachel Cordasco

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 187 – April 2022

Rachel Cordasco was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. At age eight she encountered Star Trek: The Next Generation, which became her gateway to genre. “I wandered into the living room while the TV was on and was hooked by the episode about the crew of the Enterprise traveling back to nineteenth century America and […]

Unpredictable Changes and Surprises: A Conversation with Djuna

INTERVIEW by Gord Sellar and Jihyun Park in Issue 187 – April 2022

Djuna is the pseudonym for an enigmatic and prolific giant of Korean SF whose offline identity has remained completely unknown to the world during their decades-long career. Djuna has played an important role in the development of modern science fiction in South Korea, a living link between its earlier period as an online amateur scene […]

Breaking the Gender Barrier: A Conversation with Regina Kanyu Wang and Yu Chen

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 186 – March 2022

Regina Kanyu Wang was born and grew up in Shanghai, spending the first thirty years of her life there. She occasionally left for brief periods—the longest being one or two months—mainly for education or work. She did a writing residency in Las Vegas, summer school in Helsinki, and spent time in Nordic and Baltic fandom. […]

Friendship in the Time Of Kaiju: A Conversation with John Scalzi

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 186 – March 2022

John Scalzi grew up in Southern California and went to school in Claremont. He graduated from the Webb School in 1987 and attended the University of Chicago, where he became editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon. He graduated in 1991 with a philosophy degree. He returned to California and worked as a film critic, then as […]

Community and Story: A Conversation with Zoraida Córdova

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 185 – February 2022

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She immigrated to the US with her family on a family visa at age five or six, and grew up in Queens, New York. As a kid, farther back than she can remember, she watched X-Men, Gargoyles, Sailor Moon, and more, quickly discovering films such as Totoro, Merlin, […]

Staying Loose: A Conversation with Max Gladstone

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 185 – February 2022

Max Gladstone was born in Concord, MA and grew up in Ohio and Tennessee. He studied Chinese Literature at Yale, then lived in China as a Yale Fellow, teaching for two years in the rural Anhui province. When he returned to the US in 2008, the economic crisis and its impact on people was an […]

Working Towards Legacy: A Conversation with Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 184 – January 2022

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, published in 2020 by Penguin Random House imprint Vintage, came out to a host of stellar reviews, was a finalist for a Locus Award, and won a World Fantasy Award. The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2009, Vintage) received similar praise, including landing as a […]

It's . . . Complicated: A Conversation with James S.A. Corey

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 184 – January 2022

Daniel Abraham’s first publication was “Mixing Rebecca” in 1996 (in Ann VanderMeer’s The Silver Web magazine). That same year he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in biology. He worked for a decade in tech support but continued to write and sell stories. “Veritas” came out in Warren Lapine’s Absolute Magnitude […]

Navigating the Seas of South Asian Diversity: A Conversation with Tarun K. Saint

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 183 – December 2021

Independent scholar and writer Tarun K. Saint was born in Kenya and moved to Long Island, New York at the age of two. He started reading around age five or six. His father taught at Friends World College. They moved to Udaipur in Rajasthan, India in 1972, and Saint was deschooled until 1977, “with the […]

A Whole New Realm: A Conversation with Diana M. Pho

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 183 – December 2021

Diana M. Pho was born and raised in the suburbs of Massachusetts. She’s lived in NYC most of her adult life, but has also traveled extensively, including studying abroad in Moscow. Pho earned a double bachelor’s degree in English and Russian literature from Mount Holyoke College. She was mentored by Corinne Demas, Susan Daniels, and […]

Celebrating the Diversity of Chinese Culture: A Conversation with Xueting Christine Ni

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 182 – November 2021

Xueting Christine Ni was born in Guangzhou and spent most of her childhood there, but moved around a lot as a child, experiencing many regions and cultural dynamics in China. “I’ve lived in the old town with its very close alleyways, in meandering tenements, as well as in modern gated apartment complexes.” Her father worked […]

Explicit Queerness: A Conversation with Charlie Jane Anders

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 182 – November 2021

If you ever get to see Charlie Jane Anders host an event where she introduces people, you will be amazed by the way she sparkles; but you’ll also be astonished by her creative prowess. She comes up with highly entertaining, whimsical, and in-some-world probable introductions, individualized for each person she introduces. It’s kind of breathtaking […]

Breaking Out of the Box: A Conversation with Cadwell Turnbull

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 181 – October 2021

Cadwell Turnbull was born in Chevy Chase, MD and moved to his parents’ home island of St. Thomas when he was still an infant. He moved to Pittsburgh to attend La Roche University and earned a degree in professional writing. He returned to St. Thomas for a year and worked as a substitute teacher, and […]

The Freedom of Science Fiction: A Conversation with Tobias S. Buckell

INTERVIEW by Arley Sorg in Issue 181 – October 2021

Tobias Samuel Buckell was born in Grenada. He grew up there, as well as on the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands. He moved to Ohio as a teen, after Hurricane Marilyn destroyed the boat his family lived on. Buckell attended Clarion in 1999 and shortly after graduated from Bluffton University with an […]
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