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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: October, 2021
Oct 29, 2021

Feast on kabobs with award-winning writer E. Lily Yu as we discuss why she was glad that when she first came up with the idea for her novel <em>On Fragile Waves</em> she had no idea how long it would take to complete, what she learned through each successive draft of the novel before she was satisfied, why it can be exhausting to see people as they are rather than as you want them to be, the effort required to make the effortful appears effortless, the reasons rejection can be a blessing (especially during the early part of your career), what she learned reading slush for <em>Fantasy</em> magazine, how writing interactive video games helped her write better short stories, and much more.

Oct 15, 2021

Join writer Sam Maggs as we discuss the <em>Stargate SG-1</em> convention that was her gateway drug for fandom, why her debut comic book story turned out to be a <em>Star Trek</em> tale, the way the arcs of our careers ran in completely opposite directions, what it was like releasing six books during a pandemic, how <em>The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy</em> was born though complete serendipity, the audition that got her the gig to write an <em>Unstoppable Wasp</em> novel, how she dreamed up her pitch for <em>Captain Marvel</em>, and much more.

Oct 1, 2021

Snack on shredded jellyfish with Renée Witterstaetter as we discuss how Jerry Lewis launched her interest in comics, the way science fiction fandom led to her first job at DC Comics, the differences between the Marvel and DC offices of the '70s and '80s, what made Mark Gruenwald such an amazing editor, her emotional encounter with Steve Ditko, the inflationary info we learned about the writing of letter columns during the '70s and '80s, her work with John Byrne on <em>She-Hulk</em>, how <em>Jurassic Park</em> caused her to leave Marvel, the prank Jackie Chan asked her to help pull on Chris Tucker, and much more.

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