The Fictitious podcast, hosted by Adron Buske, delves into the craft of Science Fiction and Fantasy storytelling through interviews with authors and other professional writers. These conversations examine the writing process, techniques, and work habits of passionate creators and explore their most recent, and most popular, works.
Zen Cho, BLACK WATER SISTER author
Zen Cho discusses her latest book, BLACK WATER SISTER, an urban fantasy of ghosts, grandmas, and gangsters set in Malaysia. We talk about crafting authentic regional dialects, writing "fantasy" using real world religious lore, and exploring cultural idiom in world-building. BLACK WATER SISTER is out now from ACE Books.
Josh Malerman, GOBLIN author
Josh Malerman (author of BIRD BOX) talks about his book GOBLIN, a dark fantasy novel comprised of 6 individual but connected novellas. We discuss his prolific writing process, finding the rhythm for a story, exploring themes of obsession, and making a city the main character of his novel. GOBLIN is available in hardcover now from Del Rey Books.
Marissa Levien, THE WORLD GIVES WAY author
Marissa Levien, author of THE WORLD GIVES WAY, talks about her dystopian apocalypse story set on an interstellar generation ship. We discuss the cat-and-mouse chase plot, exploring character's perception of their 'world', and how to use different POVs to set tone and audience expectation. THE WORLD GIVES WAY arrives June 1st from Red Hook.
Marina Lostetter, THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT author
THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT author Marina Lostetter discusses her mystery-infused dark fantasy novel. We dig deep into her elaborate world-building and object-based magic system, how she discovered the story's themes, and her messy, start-at-the-end plotting methodology.
C. Robert Cargill, DAY ZERO author
DAY ZERO author C. Robert Cargill discusses his exciting & thought-provoking sci-fi adventure. We talk about subverting tropes, writing robot POVs, tackling existential themes in fast-paced fiction, and the influence of screenwriting & film critique on his novels. A prequel to the acclaimed SEA OF RUST, DAY ZERO arrives May 18th from Harper Voyager.
Suyi Davies Okungbowa, SON OF THE STORM author
SON OF THE STORM author Suyi Davies Okungbowa talks about writing his African-inspired fantasy novel, world-building using cultural ideas unfamiliar to American/western audiences, and his "waypoints" approach to plotting. The first installment in "The Nameless Republic" series, SON OF THE STORM is available May 11th from Orbit Books.
A Fabulous Interview Show
Fictitious is a really fabulous interview show that covers the craft of sf/f storytelling. Buske is a natural interviewer. He and his guests dig into various storytelling concepts with passion and a real interest to learn -- about the craft and about different perspectives.
Frankly, it's one of my default interview-style shows, and one of my favorite craft-oriented podcasts currently out there. Non-writers will get a lot out of hearing some of their favorite authors talk shop. Writers will get a whole different set of positives from listening!
I just listened to one episode so far, but I have to say, I think this is the genre author interview podcast I’ve been looking for. The host is clearly as much a fan of the writing process as he is of genre fiction.
I’m very much enjoying it. My only concern is that all these authors and great books, my obsessive book buying may jump to a new level!
Great stuff here!
Fictitious has had a very diverse crowd of writers on the show such as people who write comics, full length novels, and podcast scripts. As an aspiring writer, hearing these different perspectives from people who have gone through the process is incredibly helpful. I have enjoyed listening to the interviewee's stories on how they came up with their story concept or how they overcame obstacles along the way. I am excited to see who Fictitious will have on next!