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Constellary Tales is a speculative fiction (SF -- science fiction and fantasy) magazine and podcast. The podcast examines SF storytelling on the page and screen and addresses (not too seriously) how SF intersects culture and society. Selected episodes feature interviews with writers and others in the SF world as well as narrated stories from Constellary Tales magazine.

Constellary Tales Podcast Brian Hirt and Ken Gerber

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Constellary Tales is a speculative fiction (SF -- science fiction and fantasy) magazine and podcast. The podcast examines SF storytelling on the page and screen and addresses (not too seriously) how SF intersects culture and society. Selected episodes feature interviews with writers and others in the SF world as well as narrated stories from Constellary Tales magazine.

    "Ambassador" audio story and author interview

    "Ambassador" audio story and author interview

    Constellary Tales presents an audio production of “Ambassador,” cover story of Issue #2.
    Contents
    (00:00) Audio production of Michael Adam Robson’s “Ambassador” from Constellary Tales Issue #2, narrated by Laura Lippman
    (21:40) Adam talks with us about fungus-like creatures (some fictional, some that should be) and other behind-the-scenes details of his short story.
    (36:40) Spoiler-free recommendations: Worlds Unknown by Marvel Comics (adaptation of Harry Bates’ “Farewell to the Master”), Blade Runner short films by Shinichirō Watanabe and Luke Scott
    Link
    Blade Runner 2049 – The Years Between official short films

    • 49 min
    Interview with author Joe Haldeman

    Interview with author Joe Haldeman

    Contents
    (0:00) SFWA Grand Master Joe Haldeman takes Brian and Ken behind the scenes of his storied career in an exclusive interview. Among other conversation topics…
    How “I of Newton” went from the page to The Twilight Zone The unusual origins of Hugo Award-winning short story “Tricentennial” Getting The Forever War published (and bootlegging the stage production) Details about Joe’s new novel in the works (!!!) (34:40) Spoiler-free recommendations: Daniel J. Clark’s Behind the Curve, Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg

    • 48 min
    Philip K. Dick’s “The Minority Report,” Guest Mark Linsenmayer

    Philip K. Dick’s “The Minority Report,” Guest Mark Linsenmayer

    Contents
    (00:00) Guest Mark Linsenmayer from the Partially Examined Life podcast helps Brian and Ken push through the philosophical thicket of causality and precrime (and prepunishement) in Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Minority Report.”
    (33:12) Mark and Ken square off in a game of trivia about Philip K. Dick movie adaptations Blade Runner and Total Recall.
    (47:44) Spoiler-free recommendations: Harry Bates’ “Farewell to the Master,” Yan Han’s Animal World
    Thanks to Vaneza Callejas for reading the short passage from Lewis Carrol.

    • 58 min
    Robert Heinlein’s “All You Zombies” and Predestination

    Robert Heinlein’s “All You Zombies” and Predestination

    Contents
    (00:00) Robert Heinlein pushes the trope of recursive progeny to its absurd extremes in the 1959 short story “All You Zombies” (note: not about zombies). Brian and Ken discuss the story and the subsequent 2014 film adaptation Predestination and even kick around a few real world (!) examples.
    (29:45) Spoiler-free recommendations: Charles Burns’ Black Hole, Neill Blomkamp’s “Alive in Joburg” and District 9

    • 39 min
    “Kill Switch” audio story and author interview

    “Kill Switch” audio story and author interview

    Constellary Tales presents an audio production of “Kill Switch,” cover story of Issue #1. Then we go behind the scenes in an interview with the story’s author Henry Szabranski.
    Contents
    (00:00) Audio production of Henry Szabranski’s “Kill Switch” from Constellary Tales Issue #1, narrated by Mark Linsenmayer
    (20:05) Henry answers our pressing questions about astrophysics, character names, and the Discontinuity universe. Ken makes wild speculations. Brian eventually gets Henry’s last name right.
    (38:20) Spoiler-free recommendations: Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee
    Links
    Henry Szabranski’s blog and author page on Amazon

    • 47 min
    Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” Guest Tex Thompson

    Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” Guest Tex Thompson

    A smart house outlasts humanity in Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story "There Will Come Soft Rains." Tex describes the annual "experience camp" for authors, Writers in the Field.
    Contents
    Author, teacher and Lone Star State original Arianne “Tex” Thompson joins our discussion.
    (00:00) A smart house outlasts humanity in Ray Bradbury’s 1950 short story “There Will Come Soft Rains.”
    (24:05) Longswords and lockpicks! Poisons and ponies! Tex describes these and other hands-on experiences at the annual Writers in the Field event in Dallas.
    (40:55) Spoiler-free recommendations: “Speech Sounds,” Assassin’s Apprentice, Junction
    Thanks to Tijana Stojković for reciting the poem by Sara Teasdale.
    Links
    “There Will Come Soft Rains” 1984 animated short by Tulyakhodzayev Arianne “Tex” Thompson’s author website, The Tex Files Writers in the Field

    • 51 min

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