Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors/SPSFC creators Hugh Howey and Duncan Swan, along with SPSFC 1 finalists Patrice Fitzgerald, T. A. Bruno, Cameron Coral, G. M. Nair, Ben Roberts, Jack Lyster and KT Belt, for a chat about the first year of the competition, lessons learned and how they’ll apply that to SPSFC 2, book pitches from the finalists, thoughts on the self-published sci-fi community, advice for future entrants and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors Malka Older, T. R. Napper, Lincoln Michel and Craig Lea Gordon as they decode the (virtual) realities of cyberpunk’s past, present and future. During the panel they discuss what attracts them to cyberpunk, the genre’s origins in noir, the contrast between cities and apocalyptic landscapes, worn out cyberpunk tropes and aesthetics, big themes like biotech and transhumanism, memory and reality, information and AI, as well as how the genre can be resuscitated in the 21st-century and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and bestselling author Claire North for a chat about her new book Ithaca, her young career beginnings, pen names and passing on your creativity to readers, the power of stories, history, mythology, badass women wielding weapons and much more. And, of course, writing a story about Ithaca, you may wonder, has Claire ever visited the island of Ithaca?
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors Connor M. Caplan and Liam Quane, as well as book blogger Eleni Argyró, as they review season one of The Sandman. During the panel they discuss their first introductions to The Sandman comic books, first impressions of the new show, character portrayals and the overarching narrative, their highlights from season one and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors Claire North, Rebecca Roanhorse, Ed McDonald and Vaishnavi Patel as they delve deep into antiquity, exploring the intersection of history and fantasy. During the panel they discuss what fascinates each of them about history, why fantasy and history play so well together, how history can apply to worldbuilding, character and plot, the freedom of secondary worlds versus the rich lore of mythological retellings, how fictional stories can highlight obscured histories and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and speculative fiction author Victor Manibo for a chat about his debut novel The Sleepless, hyperinsomnia as a story concept, his law career, writing a queer Filipino protagonist, capitalism, pharmaceutical companies, corporate media, pandemics, hopes for the future of humanity and much more. They also touch on the inevitable question: would Victor choose to be sleepless?
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and award-winning author Tasha Suri for a chat about her love of history, the importance of research in worldbuilding (and when to ignore it), writing as part of the South Asian diaspora, sapphic romances, magic systems, her new book The Oleander Sword and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson for a special SFF Addicts one-year anniversary extravaganza (streamed live on YouTube), where he reminisces on the past year of podcasting, chats with friends and catches up with past guest authors like Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, Anthony Ryan, K.S. Villoso, Andrea Stewart, Dyrk Ashton, Michael R. Fletcher, Krystle Matar, Ryan Cahill, Matt Kressel and more. Plus, three LIVE READINGS, from authors Connor M. Caplan, Tori Gross and Adrian M. Gibson himself.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and award-winning author Sam J. Miller for a chat about community and the Clarion workshop, tattoos, queer history, genre-bending, comparing narrative forms (novel, novella, short story, etc.) to dating and relationships, his new releases Boys, Beasts & Men and Kid Wolf & Kraken Boy and much more.
I’m going to start this review with a bold statement: Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Founders Trilogy is one of the best modern fantasy series. Period. From the opening chapter of Foundryside to the closing paragraph of Locklands, the trilogy astounds with its rich history, evocative worldbuilding, complex magic and fearless character development. Out of every book I have read this year, Locklands hit me the hardest. It rocked me to my core, in the best possible way, and that tangle of emotions has lingered with me ever since.
The Ballad of Perilous Graves is one of those books that has left me a bit conflicted. On one hand, the worldbuilding is so damn rich, the characters are fun and the incorporation of music into Jennings’ magical realization of New Orleans is impressive. On the other hand, the writing style is tricky to grasp, the pacing is inconsistent and action scenes are downright confusing. That said, there is so much rich imagination and passion in this novel, that New Orleans (or Nola) will surely get you dancin’.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors/hosts of Wizards, Warriors & Words podcast Jed Herne, Dyrk Ashton, Michael R. Fletcher and Rob J. Hayes for a special crossover episode focused on SFF podcasting. During the panel utter chaos ensues as they discuss the origins of both WWW and SFF Addicts, the ins and outs of running a podcast, what podcasting has given them personally and as writers, advice on getting started with your own podcast, ordering alcohol on Amazon UK, making beeswax candles, fanboying, fame, stinky musicians, “proposing” to William Gibson and much more. Come, laugh hysterically during this sentimental shit show of an episode, embrace the numerous tangents, and go get yourself a Jed.