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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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Now displaying: December, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Binge brownies with William F. Wu as we discuss how the two of us almost ended up at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop together (and why we didn't), the reason he wasn't terrified when he got the chance to play in Issac Asimov's robot universe, how an assignment from Harlan Ellison gave birth to one of his more famous short stories (which was later adapted as an episode of <em>The Twilight Zone</em>, what he found easy about writing in George R. R. Martin's <em>Wild Cards</em> universe, how you might never have read his science fiction if crime editors had been kinder to him, what Kate Wilhelm told him which helped fix a story problem, why Marvel's <em>Master of Kung Fu</em> comic books attracted him (and how he'd have written the book if given the chance), how he manages to collaborate with other writers without killing them, and much more.

Dec 4, 2020

Chow down on pizza with Ignatz Award-winning Alison Wilgus as we discuss how their life might have gone an entirely different way if not for the <em>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</em> movie, why they describe themselves to people as "a feral nerd," how an unsolicited pitch on a Post-it note led to selling their first script, what fanfic taught them about writing professionally in other people's universes, the best way to interact with sensitivity readers, why they've retired from Hourly Comics, what would have happened with Odo and Kira if their <em>Deep Space Nine</em> spec script been accepted, the big surprise about the way they made their first sale to <em>Analog</em>, and much more.

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