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Coffee in Space a new podcast designed to get the best in established and up-and-coming science fiction and fantasy writers in front of you, their readers. I want to help you learn more about who they are as people, how they write, and how they live. And maybe find a new author you'd like to read. Who knows? So give it a try, see what you think. To contact me, write me at comments [at] coffeeinspacepodcast [dot] com. Thank you!

Coffee in Space S. Daniel Smith

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    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Coffee in Space a new podcast designed to get the best in established and up-and-coming science fiction and fantasy writers in front of you, their readers. I want to help you learn more about who they are as people, how they write, and how they live. And maybe find a new author you'd like to read. Who knows? So give it a try, see what you think. To contact me, write me at comments [at] coffeeinspacepodcast [dot] com. Thank you!

    Cathy McCrumb: Recorder

    Cathy McCrumb: Recorder

    This interview is about dedication to the work. Cathy worked for YEARS on Recorder, working over and over on successive drafts until it was what she needed it to be. You can see that level of passion come through the interview. I think you'll like it as much as I enjoyed recording the discussion. We talked about pantsing our way through a book, the difficulties of a second book, and of course, Recorder.

    Also, by accident, we may have helped create and/or publicize a new sub-genre of science fiction: #sciencefictionwithheart.

    You can learn more about Cathy's work at her website HERE. You can also catch up with her latest news at her Facebook Page and at her Goodreads page.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 32 min
    Gavin Smith: Spec Ops Z

    Gavin Smith: Spec Ops Z

    Very intriguing conversation with author Gavin G Smith, author of several books, including most recently, Spec Ops Z, about zombies, Russian special forces, and an attack in New York. In addition to talking about his worldbuilding and writing process for Spec Ops Z, we also discussed properly respecting the military and owning that as a writer. Finally, the issue of Mutually Assured Destruction is discussed, in that it leads to everyone losing.

    Gavin's handling of my military service, as well as the service of his characters, meant a lot to me and I highly recommend his book.

    You can learn more about Gavin's work at his website HERE. His Twitter feed is HERE. You can also catch him on Facebook HERE.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by buying me a coffee or becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 39 min
    Calder Szewczak: The Offset

    Calder Szewczak: The Offset

    I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the two wonderful individuals who make up the writing name Calder Szewczak. Natasha Calder and Emma Szewczak were wonderful guests and it became clear very early on that they truly love and respect each other. Their combined efforts to create their setting, worldbuilding, and character shined through quickly as well. I think you'll enjoy the episode.

    Like in previous episodes where I talked about faith, I'll add a quick disclaimer here that we delve fairly deep into climate change, climate fiction, and other related themes. It may not be your cup of tea depending, but I think you'll see that the conversation flows smoothly and is authentic and honest. Really, as a show host, that's what I always want the most.

    Learn more about the UN Climate Change Conference HERE. In addition, Strange Horizons has a great review of the book. 

    You can learn more about Natasha's work at her website HERE. Emma's Twitter feed is HERE. You can also catch up with their joint Twitter feed HERE.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by buying me a coffee or becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 32 min
    10 More Minutes with Jeffrey Cranor, Night Vale

    10 More Minutes with Jeffrey Cranor, Night Vale

    Jeffrey Cranor needs no introduction, at least if you're a fan of the Night Vale podcast. As co-creator, he played a pivotal role in creating the show, focusing its energy, and building the listening community.  If you haven't heard the interview for his new novel, You Feel it just below the Ribs, cowritten with Janina Matthewson, click HERE.

    You can learn more about Jeffrey's work at the above links or at his publisher's website HERE. You can also catch up with his latest news at his Twitter feed HERE. Another article about Jeffrey appeared in Texas Monthly.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 9 min
    Jeffrey Cranor - You feel it just below the Ribs

    Jeffrey Cranor - You feel it just below the Ribs

    Jeffrey Cranor needs no introduction, at least if you're a fan of the Night Vale podcast. As co-creator, he played a pivotal role in creating the show, focusing its energy, and building the listening community.  His latest podcast is called Within the Wires. You can hear more about his podcasting work in the next episode, "Ten More Minutes with Jeffrey Cranor."

    He is also an established author, having written a three book series about the Night Vale community, starting with the book, Welcome to Night Vale with his co-creator Joseph Fink. His new book is cowritten with his cowriter from Within the Wires, Janina Matthewson.

    In this episode, we talk about dual narrators, cowriting, worldbuilding, and alt history. I think it's a fascinating talk and I hope you enjoy it!

    We also discussed The Lifespan of a Fact, when discussing unreliable narrators.

    You can learn more about Jeffrey's work at the above links or at his publisher's website HERE. You can also catch up with his latest news at his Twitter feed HERE. Another article about Jeffrey appeared in Texas Monthly.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 40 min
    Xueting Christine Ni: Sinopticon 2021

    Xueting Christine Ni: Sinopticon 2021

    Xueting Christine Ni has been one of my favorite interviews of the year. Talking with her about her translation work, Chinese science fiction, and second languages was the highlight of my day. Her latest work, Sinopticon 2021 is a celebration of all of those things, and is the topic of our discussion today.

    Personally, I enjoyed several of the stories. I particularly liked "Qiankun and Alex," "Starship: Library," and "The Last Save," but I think you'll like those and several others as well. Give it a read and you'll see what I mean!

    You can learn more about Xueting's work at her website HERE. You can also catch up with her latest news at her Twitter feed HERE.

    Like the podcast episode? You can support the show by becoming a patron! Once you click the link, you can learn more about how the show got started, where I keep the episodes, and more. I would appreciate any support you can give. Thank you!

    Finally, please consider subscribing to the Coffee in Space newsletter so you can stay up to date on all podcast episodes and news about the interviews! 
    * Links in these show notes may be affiliate links. I may make a small percentage from your purchase. I would always want you to buy from a local, independent store, but if you are looking to use Amazon, I would appreciate you considering my links. Thank you!

    • 43 min

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