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.
Ryan Van Loan, THE SIN IN THE STEEL author
Ryan Van Loan is the author of THE SIN IN THE STEEL (Tor Books, available now). This Fantasy debut sets a Sherlockian teenage street rat and her troubled ex-soldier partner against political intrigue and violent piracy. In a world where pistoles and steel compete with mad mages and dead gods, Buc and Eld are sent to solve a tangled and destabilizing mystery. But each are haunted by past failures, and their present—full of meddlesome gods and ship-sinking pirate queens—doesn’t look too promising, eithe
Andrea Stewart, THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER author
I’m joined in this episode by Andrea Stewart, author of THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER. This outstanding Fantasy debut novel features seafaring adventures, a unique and cruel magic system, an ambitious Emperor’s daughter with holes in her memory, a wanted smuggler chasing a specter from his past, magic animal companions, creepy mystical constructs, and so much more. THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER arrived in stores on September 8th from Orbit Books.
Richard Kadrey, BALLISTIC KISS (Sandman Slim series) author
BALLISTIC KISS is the 11th book in Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM urban fantasy series (Harper Voyager). These novels follow James Stark, a hard-to-kill, half-human magician who spent 11 years stuck in Hell. After carving a bloody path back to earth, Stark re-emerges in Los Angeles, hellbent on killing the circle of humans who sent him to suffer Downtown. We discuss the books' mythological influences, creating arcs across a large series, and how he finds new things to explore with a long-running character.
Peng Shepherd, THE BOOK OF M author
Peng Shepherd is the author of THE BOOK OF M (available now from William Morrow). This debut speculative fiction novel examines a near future world, fallen to an inexplicable epidemic called The Forgetting. All around the world, people have lost their shadows, and soon after, their memories incurably erode as well. Society has collapsed as the Shadowless spread, and their Forgetting warps aspects of reality in alarming and unexplainable ways.
Martha Wells, NETWORK EFFECT (The MurderBot Diaries) author
My guest this episode is Martha Wells, author of the award-winning MURDERBOT DIARIES science fiction series. It includes 4 acclaimed novellas — ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY — and a brand new, full-length novel called NETWORK EFFECT, which is available now from Tor.Com publishing.
Emily B. Martin, SUNSHIELD author
Emily B. Martin is the author of SUNSHIELD (HarperVoyager, available now). It's an adventurous eco-fantasy that weaves together the lives of a desert outlaw, a young ambassador, and a political prisoner. These three beleaguered activists know nothing of each other, but their common goals will intertwine against corrupt politics, brutal slavery, and ecological destruction.
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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!