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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Feb, 2017 – A Sad Month for Fans of the Genre

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February, 2017 was a rough time for science fiction fans. The Fast Forward team notes with sadness the loss of the following members of our community.

On February 10th, writer Edward W. Bryant, Jr. died at his Colorado home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then writer and editor Susan Casper passed away in her sleep on February 24th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on February 24th, Baltimore area fan and Baltimore Science Fiction Society President Martin Deutsch passed away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, actor Richard Hatch, best known to fans for his work on Battlestar ...

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Fast Forward #289 – Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson

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After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, Episode #289 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is finally available. This episode features an interview with renowned author Kim Stanley Robinson. Mr. Robinson talks about his two most recent books, 2312 and Aurora. He describes his views on our planet’s imminent and severe ecological changes, and talks about some of the harsh realities facing humanity’s desire to travel to the stars.

Mr. Robinson also discusses receiving the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Award, which ...

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Fast Forward #288 – Interview with Maria V. Snyder

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Episode #288 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is now available. This episode features a new interview with author Maria V. Snyder. Mrs. Snyder talks about Shadow Study, Night Study and the upcoming Dawn Study, all from her very popular Poison Study series of novels. She describes the difficulties of writing a satisfying “prequel” without doing harm to the established timeline of a series. She also discusses her trip to a major Australian convention, the response of Japanese fans ...

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Fast Forward #287 – Interview with Connie Willis

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Episode #287 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is now available. This episode features a new interview with popular and award winning author Connie Willis. Mrs. Willis talks about Crosstalk, her latest novel (just released in October, 2016). She describes how she uses the science fiction trope of telepathy in a classic romantic comedy story. She also talks about a recent visit to the Space Telescope Science Institute where she and other SF authors learned about the Hubble Telescope, and ...

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Our Balticon 50 road trip report

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So, the core of the Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction production team went to Baltimore, MD this past weekend for Balticon, a major regional science fiction convention. Because it was the convention’s 50th anniversary there were many special guests, including several guests of honor from previous years. We felt this was a great opportunity to get to talk with some people who haven’t been able to come to the Virginia studio recently. So, we once again took Fast Forward ...

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