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Interviews with awesome sci fi and fantasy storytellers about world building, creative process and more!

Whether you're an aspiring writer or just an avid fan, join us for discussions staying sane while writing, strange ornamental weapons lying around the desk and, inevitably, Skyrim.

An official partner of Tor UK, my favourite publisher of SFF & horror.

Uncaring Universe Podcast Danny Salfield Wadeson

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Interviews with awesome sci fi and fantasy storytellers about world building, creative process and more!

Whether you're an aspiring writer or just an avid fan, join us for discussions staying sane while writing, strange ornamental weapons lying around the desk and, inevitably, Skyrim.

An official partner of Tor UK, my favourite publisher of SFF & horror.

    Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

    Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

    Brooke is a narrative designer and writer from Australia.

    She has worked on award-winning games titles such as The Gardens Between, Paperbark and Florence. Currently, she has just finishwed working on Control, by Remedy Entertainment.

    Brooke received the MCV Pacific XBOX Women in Games Creative Impact award for her work in the game industry.

    This episode is a deep dive into narrative design workflow and heuristics, as Brooke explores her journey from speculative fiction writer to critically acclaimed non-verbal storyteller to big budget, AAA narrative designer.

    Check out Brooke's website: https://brookemaggs.com

    Follow her on twitter: @Brooke_Maggs
    And your host, Danny: @madquills

    • 36 min
    Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

    Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

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    Arkady is the author of 'A Memory Called Empire'. 'Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.'

    We discuss:
    • How to create/write truly believable alien cities/societies
    • The importance of catchy linguistics
    • The machineries of empire - real and imagined.

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    Follow Arkady on twitter: @ArkadyMartine
    And Danny: @madquills

    And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/

    As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

    • 34 min
    Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

    Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

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    Zen is the author of 'Sorcerer To The Crown' and its sequel 'The True Queen' - inventive takes on Regency fantasy with a commonwealth twist.

    The True Queen is a bold new addition to the burgeoning series that interrogates the roots and heritage of power – magical or otherwise – and has a lot of fun doing it.

    We discuss:
    • What is Blyton-punk/commonwealth fantasy?
    • How to finish.
    • The continued impact of the industrial revolution on literature/fantasy
    • Zen's routine, and why some is always better than none.

    Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads:
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    Follow Zen on twitter: @zenaldehyde
    And Danny: @madquills

    And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/

    As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

    • 34 min
    Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

    Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

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    Jenn is the author of the Chorus of Dragons series: book 1, 'The Ruin of Kings' has just been released, with book 2, 'The Name of All Things' following in October.

    Ruin of Kings is bold new entry in the genre that delights in subverting and playing with genre conventions, while still containing plenty of what makes those tropes so appealing in the first place.

    We discuss:
    • The fantasy tropes and that Jenn wants to interrogate, and why
    • The all-importance of protagonist motivation
    • Why environment is so key to your creative process
    • How Jenn is innovating around the very format/structure of a book/audiobook and how we can do better on that front in general.

    Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads:
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    Follow Jenn on twitter: @Jennlyonsauthor
    And Danny: @madquills
    And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: https://tinyletter.com/madquills/

    As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

    • 38 min
    Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

    Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

    Following on from our end of year look at the best books of 2018, Lulu and I kick off 2019 with a chat about what we're looking forward to, and why.

    Plus Lulu fields some questions from Twitter about her experience as articles editor for the speculative fiction website 'Strange Horizons' – including what male writers always get wrong about women!

    Follow Lulu on Twitter: @lulukadhim
    And your host, Danny: @madquills

    Listen/subscribe (and please write a review if you like what we do!) on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncaring-universe-podcast/id985787268?mt=2

    • 36 min

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