An interview from episode #124 – Octavia Butler!

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Since Google honored science fiction writer Octavia Butler’s birthday today with a google doodle, we decided to dig around in the archive and we actually found a version of our May 2000 interview with Ms. Butler, recorded at Balticon 34. The video quality is poor, but you can get a sense of what an interesting and classy person Ms. Butler was. It’s sad that her writing talents were taken from us so early.

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Fast Forward #294 – Interview with Tim Powers

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The interview from episode #294 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is now available online at the Fast Forward YouTube Channel!

In this interview, award winning author Tim Powers talks about his approach to research and storyline for his novels of secret histories and the supernatural, and reveals the inspiration for some of the elements in his book, Medusa’s Web.

He also discusses his early childhood in Buffalo, NY, the creation of the character William Ashbless, and his long friendship ...

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Fast Forward #293 – Interview with Sarah Beth Durst

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After a rather long hiatus, we’re back! The interview from episode #293 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is finally available to view online! In this interview, author Sarah Beth Durst talks about her novel The Queen of Blood, the first volume in her Queens of Renthia series. She discusses how she came up with the idea of Renthia, a world full of bloodthirsty nature spirits, and how her characters deal with that dangerous world. She also talks about ...

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Fast Forward #292 – Interview with Alan Smale

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The interview from episode #292 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is finally available to view online! In the interview, author Alan Smale talks about his novel Eagle and Empire, the last volume in his Clash of Eagles trilogy. He discusses his approach to updating the society of the Roman legion, while staying true to its basic premise. He also talks about the challenges of handling multiple different military cultures, creating realistic battle scenes, and the potential for future ...

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Fast Forward #291 – interview with Joe Haldeman

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In episode #291 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, award winning author and SFWA Grand Master Joe Haldeman talks about his illustrious career as a science fiction writer! Mr. Haldeman talks about his experiences at various writing workshops, his work as a writing teacher, and the pros and cons of long-term writing contracts.

Please note: the interview in the TV episode was ...

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Fast Forward #290 – Interview with Jo Walton

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Episode #290 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is now available. This episode features an interview with award winning author Jo Walton. Ms. Walton talks about her recent Thessaly trilogy, consisting of The Just City,  The Philosopher Kings, and Necessity. She describes the special challenges of creating a world that includes classical gods and magic, as well as sentient robots. She also talks about the opportunities the books gave her to explore issues of morality, equality, and responsibility, using ...

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