Science Fiction & Fantasy

Hawk by Steven Brust




Interview: Lawrence Krauss

Physicist Lawrence Krauss is the author of such books as A UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING and THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK. The new documentary film, THEUNBELIEVERS, follows him and Richard Dawkins as they travel the world arguing in favor of atheism. This interview first appeared on’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Megan Kurashige

I’m a little obsessed with the physical act of falling. There’s something about it that’s beautifully, dreadfully naked. It’s hard to maintain any sort of mask or fakery when you’re taking a surprise plunge toward the ground. My sister, Shannon, and I once filmed a few of our friends as they pretended to be shot. The most interesting part was when they fell down. No matter how cheesy or slapstick or dramatic they made it, something about their fall was a reflection of their personalities.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Zoran Živković

“The Puzzle” is a part of SEVEN TOUCHES OF MUSIC, one of my ten mosaic novels. It is a book about how music occasionally offers us glimpses into deeper levels of reality. The idea seemed very inspirational indeed, so I have written as much as seven variations of the basic theme.


Interview: James S.A. Corey

Ty Franck, together with Daniel Abraham, who we interviewed back in episode 35, writes the Expanse series of space adventure novels under the penname James S.A. Corey. The fourth book, CIBOLA BURN, is out now. The series is also being adapted for television by the Syfy channel. This interview first appeared on’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Ysabeau S. Wilce

I wrote this story while I was at Clarion West. The whole thing — character, voice, action — just sort of sprang, as it were, completely out of nowhere. I stole the name Springheel Jack from the notorious early nineteenth-century monster, but the shiny red boots were a riff on the fairy tale of the red shoes. Instead of making you dance until you drop, these boots make you steal until you drop.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Marie Vibbert

I was walking in Niagara Falls, Canada, far from the strip, with my husband. We had gotten lost and ended up on a residential street — all these tiny bungalows so close to massive hotels. I wondered what it was like to live in a small town that was also a huge tourist attraction. I wanted to write a story that took place on a space station as the ultimate closed community — an exaggeration of the trapped feeling of living in a small town, juxtaposed against the freely mobile wealthy visitors.

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Rovina Cai

Rovina Cai was born in 1988 in Australia. She received a degree in Communication Design from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, then completed an MFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been featured in publications including Spectrum Fantastic Art. She currently works as an illustrator based in New York City. Her website is

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Steve Hockensmith

I’ve written a mystery series set in the Old West — the Holmes on the Range novels — so I’ve done a ton of research into cowboy life and slang. One of the things I enjoyed most about writing the Holmes on the Range books was the chance to throw around a lot of colorful words and turns of phrase, so I did that in “The Herd,” too.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Rebecca Ore

I was living in rural Virginia, where the fragments of slavery and interracial breeding were still swirling around — one of the people I knew was a guy whose male ancestor was either R.J. or Hardin Reynolds — [of the] Reynolds Tobacco family. We saw what had happened, but didn’t always understand why things had happened. The Reynolds family sold a slave, apparently because the other slaves hated him, and bought a piano with the money. I don’t know if that’s a true narrative or not …


Editorial, October 2014

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