I have recently accepted the post of Host of the Science Fiction Spotlight Radio program on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. The show will air on alternating Saturday nights at 9:00 Eastern Time beginning October 3, 2015. My first guest will be Brett Battles, the hugely successful thriller writer who has just put out the first volume of a time travel series, Rewinder. On October 17, my guest will be one of the great SF writers of our time, Jerry Pournelle, perhaps best known as a co-author with Larry Niven of the immortal The Mote in God’s Eye and my favorite alien invasion novel, Footfall. He is also the author of several highly successful military science fiction novels, and a host of other works.
Here is a little promo I put together for the program.
I just put up the fifth “Beer or Coffee with the Author” Video–this one about the Gynophage and the Krag. I made some changes on camera angle, etc.
I just posted my fourth video. This one is about the writing process and the degree to which it is so individual that no one can specify how it’s supposed to work. On review, I realize that I sound a bit angry in the video. Be assured that I’m not pissed off at all–this is just how I sound when I get very passionate about something. I’m a very passionate person, especially about ideas, and I can get very “enthusiastic” when speaking about them.
Future videos will be calmer–I think that this level of intensity may be offputting, but I don’t feel like reshooting because I like what I said and, as I do these things without a script to keep them informal, I’m not sure I would get all the same stuff in.
Anyway, I’m really not angry here. It’s just how I get sometimes.
As of yesterday, I am now an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the professional association of those people who have proved to the organization that they have sold works of SF or Fantasy in the English language to real writers’ markets (or to the public at large) and have received substantial payment for their work. There are just under 1800 members. This is a credential in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that says that the member is a “real writer,” and is important if only for that reason, not to mention that it makes the member’s works eligible for the prestigious Nebula Award and allows the member to participate in other activities.
Yea, it’s just a “credential.” BUT, it is a crredential that I’ve wanted for a long time and that I am very pleased to receive.