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Eating the Fantastic

I’ve been going to science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic book conventions since I was 15, and I’ve found that while the con which takes place within the walls of a hotel or convention center is always fun, the con away from the con—which takes place when I wander off-site with friends for a meal—can often be more fun. In fact, my love of tracking down good food while traveling the world attending conventions has apparently become so well known that one blogger even dubbed me “science fiction’s Anthony Bourdain.” So after toying for quite awhile with the idea of attempting to replicate in podcast form one of my favorite parts of any convention—good conversation with good friends over good food—it’s finally happening. During each episode, I’ll share a meal with someone whose opinions I think you’ll want to hear, and we’ll talk about science fiction, fantasy, horror, writing, comics, movies, fandom … whatever happens to come to mind. (There’ll also be food talk, of course.) Please note—this will not be a pristine studio-recorded podcast, but one which will always occur in a restaurant setting, meaning that mixed in with our conversation will be the sounds of eating and drinking and reviewing of menus and slurping and background chatter and the servers popping in … in other words, it’ll be as messy as life. And hopefully as entertaining, too. And now … please pull up a chair to the table and get ready to dig in.
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Apr 29, 2016

Time travel back to 2001 for lunch with science fiction Grand Master Samuel R. Delany at Bistro Bis in Washington, D.C.'s Hotel George as we discuss the 25th anniversary edition of his magnum opus Dhalgren,  the "sheer madness" of trying to write such a book in the first place, the state of the science fiction field during the mid-‘70s, the joys he receives from teaching, and much more.

Apr 15, 2016

Andy Duncan joins me in the Truman booth at Frostburg's Princess Restaurant, where we discuss the profound influence of Richard Pryor on his writing, why he loves playing with real-world historical characters and events in his stories, what it was like to collaborate with Ellen Klages on their award-winning novella "Wakulla Springs," what, if anything, writing teachers can teach, and much more.

Apr 1, 2016

Join Carolyn Ives Gilman at Range in Friendship Heights, Maryland as we discuss what's kept her coming back to The Twenty Planets universe for a quarter of a century, how her first science fiction convention was "total sensory overload," what it was like working with David Hartwell as an editor, why she's not visible on social media, and more.

Mar 15, 2016

Sit down for dinner with writer Tom Doyle at Washington D.C.'s Ethiopic Ethiopian restaurant as we discuss how what was was originally pitched as a standalone novel turned into a surprise trilogy, his fascination with apocalyptic fiction, what effect the Clarion workshop had on his growth as a writer, and much more.

Mar 5, 2016

Join writer, editor, and publisher Bill Campbell at The Jerk Pit in College Park, Maryland for a discussion of the genius of Samuel R. Delany, how Rosarium's first book Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond gave birth to a new publishing company, the challenges of crowd funding creative projects, why he was once blacklisted at convention, and much, much more. 

Feb 20, 2016

Join science fiction writer Bud Sparhawk -- a three-time Nebula finalist and Analog magazine regular -- for lunch with host Scott Edelman at Washington, D.C.'s Cafe Mozart in the second episode as they chat about how Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions anthology inspired him to become a writer, what it was like to write for three different Analog editors over four decades, the plotters vs. pantsers debate, and more.

Feb 10, 2016

Eavesdrop on host Scott Edelman and writer/musician Sarah Pinsker over lunch at Baltimore's Family Meal on the premiere episode of Eating the Fantastic as they discuss her award-winning fiction, how story titles come to be, the differences (and similarities) between writing and performing, the continuing influence of Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree, Jr.) and much, much more.

 

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