My interview with the fabulous and prolific YA Science Fiction author Jennifer Brozek is now available for your listening pleasure. This was the first of my programs without any significant technical issues and was perhaps the best interview so far.
Ms. Brozek not only had some fascinating observations about Science Fiction and writing for younger readers, but also about fiction in general, self publishing versus conventional publishing, mental illness and the relevance of mentally ill characters, and the immortal Isaac Asimov. Guests keep mentioning his name without prompting from me. Really. No joke. Listen for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It was a good show. I hope you give it a listen. Click Here to Listen to the Show!
For those who did not hear the live broadcast, the third episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio is online and ready for you to listen to it as a podcast. The guest is Matt Mather, one of the world’s leading thriller writers who has turned his hand to writing Science Fiction with his new Nomad series.
The interview went very well and spanned subject ranging from the popularity of Apocalyptic fiction to the enduring legacy of Isaac Asimov. It’s a good listen and well worth your time.
Hear Paul’s interview of Matt Mather!
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.
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.
I just unloaded the third video in my Beer or Coffee With the Author series. This one is about why I don’t have political propaganda in my books, as well as on my books as expressions of my understanding of what humankind is made
My esteemed publisher, 47North, has agreed to provide me with a limited number of books to give away at Westercon68. I get to choose which volume to be supplied with and I really don’t know. I solicit your input. Whatever books I wind up with, I will be giving away autographed copies to fans on a first come, first served basis. The number will be small, so you will want to track me down early.
There is still no word regarding what I will actually be doing at this shindig, but I will update you guys as soon as I know something. I will also try to post the panels I am on as events on my Amazon web page, time permitting.
The publisher is not picking up any of my expenses for this excursion, so I am open to being bribed. I’ve never been bribed before, so it might be fun. If a nice fan wants to take me to dinner someplace reasonably decent (I’m pretty easily pleased), I’m willing to be sure he/she gets an autographed book and will sign anything else they like (so long as it isn’t some kind of contract). I’ll even abase myself by posing for pictures with your spouse, children, dog, pet woolly marmoset, etc. Actually, I don’t mind pictures. I’m not one of those touchy, temperamental, reclusive writers who shies away from publicity. I kind of like the limelight, in fact.
So, see you in San Diego!
My friend, Hope Coulter, may be the best poet I know, but she’s not the only one. I wrote this a few months ago. Some of you who have some contact with the Cajun culinary tradition may find something familiar here.
By H. Paul Honsinger
© 2015 by H. Paul Honsinger, all rights reserved
But not hard.
But not cold.
But not dark.
There’s a chill in the veins, in the belly, and in the heart.
That hasn’t reached the bones.
There’s a gloom in the spirit,
That’s not quite the blues.
There’s a sigh for those loved who are distant, and who have gone beyond,
But not tears.
It’s time for gumbo,
Like my mother made, and her mother, and hers.
Like my sister and I make it today.
Fragrant and brown, thick and steaming, smoky and spicy,
The mystic alchemy of chicken and sausage, of roux and onions, of cayenne and rice.
To warm the veins and the belly and the heart.
To lift the spirit.
And remember the eyes and the smiles and the voices
Of everyone who has filled their bowls from the same cherished cast-iron pot
Who I still see
Through gumbo’s swirling steam
That always smells like home.