Reality Break Podcast Episode 8 – William Shunn

June 1st, 2009

William Shunn

Our guest this episode is author William Shunn. This interview was recorded in 2007 but is newly relevant as he is once again podcasting his unpublished memoir The Accidental Terrorist. As a science fiction writer, his 2006 novella “Inclination” was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Later this year his collaboration with author Derryl Murphy, the novella Cast a Cold Eye will be published by PS Publishing.

Quote from the show: “My newest story is set aboard a space station. For some reason I can’t explain, I seem to be setting a lot of my stories on space stations lately.”

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Reality Break Podcast Episode 7 – Tobias S. Buckell

October 7th, 2008

Tobias S. Buckell

Our guest this episode is author Tobias S. Buckell. This interview was recorded at the most recent Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA. Tobias is the author of Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin and his most recent novel Sly Mongoose. He is an exemplar of the next generation of science fiction writer, and a writer of works that are both simultaneously rich satisfying science fiction and cracking good adventure yarns.

Quote from the show: “When someone like Charles Stross says something like ‘Maybe man isn’t meant to go to space’ I at age 29 think he might be right or might be wrong. It’s not important to the core of what I think is science fiction. Judging by our track record so far, maybe homey’s got a point.”

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Reality Break Podcast Episode 6 – Mur Lafferty

September 16th, 2008

Our guest this episode is author and podcaster Mur Lafferty. This interview was recorded at the most recent Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA in front of a live audience. Mur is the author of the several novels that she has chosen to publish as podcast originals including her novel Heaven.

We mostly discuss her post-modern superhero novel Playing For Keeps which she originally published as a podiobook and which was recently republished by Swarm Press. We discuss in depth the world she built as well as the morality and ethics of superheroics.

Quote from the show: “Look at the Justice League – they have a space station! I mean, Batman is rich but seriously, who is paying for this?”

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Reality Break Podcast Episode 5 – Bruce Sterling

September 8th, 2008

Bruce Sterling at Barbara's Bookstore in Oak Park

Our guest this episode is author, futurist and design professor Bruce Sterling. This interview was recorded in February 1997 around the release of his novel Holy Fire. He has written ten novels, dozens of short stories, multiple books of essays on futurism and design theory, and the only book on cybercrime from one of the canonical cyberpunk writers, The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier. He and William Gibson are widely regarded as kickstarters of the modern “steampunk” movement with their novel The Difference Engine. His most recent novel is The Zenith Angle and his next novel The Caryatids will be published next spring.

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Reality Break Episode 3 – Robert Jordan

July 13th, 2008

Our guest this episode is the late Robert Jordan. This nterview was recorded in Atlanta GA in October 1994, when he was on book tour with Lord of Chaos, the sixth Wheel of Time book.

Robert Jordan was most well known for his Wheel of Time novels, but he also wrote seven Conan novels which were collected in The Conan Chronicles and The Further Chronicles of Conan. The Wheel of Time series began with The Eye of the World and the most recently published book is the eleventh volume Knife of Dreams . The Wheel of Time series has always been published by Tor books. The twelfth and final volume of the series is scheduled to be published in 2009 and will be completed by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.

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Reality Break Episode 2 – Cory Doctorow

June 29th, 2008

Our guest this episode is Cory Doctorow. This is the first interview recorded for this program back when this project was first coming together. I sat down with Cory at Orycon 2006 and we discussed fandom and his upbringing in it, the intersection of SF and cyberculture, and how fantastic literature has become the new mainstream and influenced the world we live in.

Cory Doctorow is one of the co-editors of Boing Boing. He has published the novels Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, and Someone Comes to Town Someone Leaves Town – all from Tor Books. He has also published the story collections a Place So Foreign from Four Walls Eight Windows and Overclocked from Thunder’s Mouth Press. IDW Publishing has put out the comic book adaptation series Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now, and his newest book is the young adult novel Little Brother from Tor books.

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Reality Break Episode 1 – Will Eisner

June 19th, 2008

Welcome to the first episode of Reality Break! In order to make this a special one, our premier interview is with a giant in the field of graphic literature who sadly is no longer with us. In 1998 I interviewed Will Eisner on his then current graphic novel A Family Matter . I consider this one of the high points of the series and of my interviewing career as a whole. Even though I felt like a scared kid who had no business in this conversation, Mr. Eisner was very kind and easy to talk to. As a teenager I had met Mr. Eisner at a comic convention in 1984 and he must have talked to me for 10 minutes, telling me jokes and flipping through my stack of Will Eisner’s Quarterly issues and pointing out things he particularly was proud of. He was a true class act and is deeply missed by everyone.

Will Eisner was one of the true founders of the comic book industry. He created or co-created many Golden Age characters such as Blackhawk, Doll Man, Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic but his most enduring creation is the Spirit. Currently a feature film of the Spirit is in production, being directed by Frank Miller. Later in his career, Will Eisner pioneered the graphic novel format and in fact he coined the term to describe his 1978 book A Contract With God. He was active in graphic literature up until his death in 2005, producing such notable work as Last Day in Vietnam, The Dreamer, and The Plot.

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Episode 0 – The Introduction

May 27th, 2008

This is a brief introductory episode to explain what the program is about, the history of Reality Break as both a radio show and a podcast, and what to expect from upcoming shows. Thanks for checking it out.

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