Alison Stine’s debut novel Road Out of Winter was a great read, but Trashlands built upon that groundwork and ran with it in mesmerizing ways. In the desolate environs of a junkyard, Stine has evoked raw, honest humanity, the connective tissue of community, love, heartbreak, perseverance and the notion that optimism can exist in a place such as this.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and FanFiAddict’s David Walters as they dive into music in SFF with authors Sebastien de Castell, Anthony Ryan and Juliet Marillier. During the panel they discuss their personal histories with music, the rhythm of writing, how music plays into combat and action scenes, the musical aspects of worldbuilding and much more.
YA vs. Adult SFF (Is There A Difference?) Episode 4 of SFF Addicts has arrived! Join host Adrian M. Gibson and FanFiAddict’s Tori Gross, Paige Harris and Justin Gross for our very first FanFiAddict family panel, where we delve into YA vs. Adult SFF. As we each come from different backgrounds and have different experiences […]
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and FanFiAddict’s David Walters and Justin Gross as they dig into indie publishing and bookselling with Matt, founder of The Broken Binding—a UK-based online bookstore. During the panel they discuss the founding of The Broken Binding, the magic of book collecting and special editions, traditional booksellers, the importance of community in SFF, the audiobook and eBook markets, the future of The Broken Binding and much more.
Well, this review has been a long time coming. Very rarely do I find myself so conflicted by a book, but N. K. Jemisin’s latest, The City We Became, left my emotions mixed and two months later I finally feel I can deconstruct the reasons why. With this book, I had no idea what to expect, but I knew it wouldn’t be an easy read. Despite my suspicions being confirmed, I came out the other side both captivated and frustrated.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and his co-host Manny Henri as they dig into self-publishing and SPSFC (the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition) with authors Hugh Howey and Duncan Swan. During the panel they discuss Hugh and Duncan’s work, their experiences in self-publishing, how it compares to traditional publishing, and explore the past and present of the self-pub market. They also chat about SPSFC, how Hugh and Duncan founded the competition and where they hope it will go in the future.
In the first ever episode of SFF Addicts, host Adrian M. Gibson lays out the goals for the podcast, what you can expect from future episodes, and what inspired him to start the show. We appreciate you listening and can’t wait for you to hear more of what we have in store!
Finna introduced the sardonic-yet-lighthearted world of LitenVärld, an IKEA-like corporation rife with wormholes and other multi-dimensional oddities. While Finna was a delightful adventure, rich with emotion and sarcastic, relatable characters, it felt like it was just the beginning of something, opening a wormhole to a broader literary world of potential. Now, with Defekt, the potential established in Finn takes a big step forward into the multiverse, in every possible way. And at its core is the one character from Finn that I never thought I would connect with: the hardworking and dedicated (albeit lonely and emotionally lost) Derek. Fucking Derek…
Nearly a decade after taking mandatory Elizabethan-era English literature classes in university, the iambic pentameter of William Shakespeare has crept back into my life. Unexpectedly though, it came in the form of Chloe Gong’s debut novel, These Violent Delights. Set in 1920s Shanghai, this tale of star-crossed (ex)lovers twists a knife into Shakespeare’s famous tragedy—it weaves familiar story beats with unexpected turns as Roma and Juliette, the two heirs to rival crime families, navigate intense hostilities, foreign colonizers, a strange and deadly contagion, as well as their past romance. As tension and chaos in Shanghai builds toward a fever pitch, the two become entangled again in ways that fuel the story (to both good and middling results). Question is, to what end? The above warning of Friar Laurence to Romeo in Romeo and Juliet rings ever true: such fiery delight—a connection consumed by fire and powder—is likely to end in disaster.
Join Adrian M. Gibson and P. Djèlí Clark for Part Two of their chat, where they dive into his new novel A Master of Djinn: how he built the world, incorporating magic and history, how the novel reflects our own world and much more.
Join Adrian M. Gibson and P. Djèlí Clark for Part One of their chat about Clark’s childhood, his writing journey, publishing, campy ’80s nostalgia, creative inspiration and much more.
There’s something truly special about finding a novel that speaks to you, the words flowing from page to mind in a symbiotic creative fusion. That feeling of connecting so deeply with a book is priceless, something to be cherished, and it’s even better when that book becomes an author. For me, that author is P. Djèlí Clark. Ever since reading his short works A Dead Djinn in Cairo and The Haunting of Tram Car 015, I was enamored with his blending of the fantastical and historical. That connection deepened when I read some of his short stories, and then even more when I tore through last year’s Ring Shout. Count me lucky when his first full-length novel comes out a mere seven months later—in A Master of Djinn, Clark’s magically-infused Cairo is back and better than ever.