Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum planned an epic Summer 2020 US Road Trip to publicize their new books. Now it’s coronapocalypse time, and that road trip is going to have to be a podcast. Join two old friends as they talk about science fiction, community, the writing life, teaching, parenting, and a whole lot more. Does Ben really think you should let your kids touch the stove, and did he really burn his son's homework? Why did he write a novel with no men or women in it? What exactly did a young Mary Anne do to appall her aunts in college, and how did it lead circuitously to her founding science fiction's longest-running webzine? Mohanraj and Rosenbaum… Are Humans? Yes, yes they are.
"Escape From Turkey City"
Mary Anne, Ben, and Jed open the episode with a discussion on writing workshops. They explore the kinds of people and critique you can find within them, as well as the hierarchies that can form between student and teacher, between unexperienced and experienced writer. In the second half of the episode the trio react to some of the writing terms and axioms found in Bruce Stirling's "Turkey City Lexicon."
Episode show notes: https://speculativeliterature.org/ep-38-show-notes/
Link to Turkey City Lexicon: https://www.sfwa.org/2009/06/18/turkey-city-lexicon-a-primer-for-sf-workshops/
Ep. 37 "Our Season 1 Reading Guide"
As we draw close to the end of season 1 of MRAH, producer Darius figured it would be a good idea for Mary Anne and Ben reflect on some of their most influential writers and books, particularly the ones that have been mentioned a lot on the show. From the authors they adore, to writers couched in controversy, Mary Anne and Ben consider their importance to the podcast , the field, and their own writing.
For episode show notes visit: https://speculativeliterature.org/ep-37-show-notes/
"Revision and Workshopping With Jed Hartman, Pt. 2"
In this follow up to episode 34, Mary Anne, Ben, and Jed continue their discussion about revising and workshopping, while giving advice on how to manage critique of your work, both good and bad.
For episode show notes visit: https://speculativeliterature.org/ep-36-show-notes/
SLF Co-Writing details: https://speculativeliterature.org/saturday-co-writing-sessions/
"Fred Berman Reads The Unraveling"
Fred Berman reads a five minute sample from Ben's book, The Unraveling.
If you’re interested in purchasing Ben’s audiobook, read by Fred Berman: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Unraveling-Audiobook/B09NZLMRYM
Ep. 35 "Narrating With Fred Berman"
Mary Anne and Ben invite actor, producer, and podcast host Fred Berman to discuss another part of his career in particular: audiobook narration. Starting with Fred's experience of reading Ben's new book, The Unraveling, the trio discuss the intricacies of audiobook narration, the voicing of characters outside our own experience and background, and the financial aspects of being an audiobook narrator.
If you're interested in purchasing Ben's audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Unraveling-Audiobook/B09NZLMRYM
Check out Fred's podcast: https://www.fredberman.net/opening-weekend-podcast
For episode show notes: https://speculativeliterature.org/episodes/#ep-35
"Revisions and Workshopping with Jed Hartman, Pt.1"
In the first part of a long discussion about the revision and workshop process, Mary Anne and Ben invite Jed Hartman on the show again to explore questions of inspiration, maturity, resilience, and voice when it comes to writing.
For episode show notes visit: https://speculativeliterature.org/ep-34-show-notes/
If you're interested in applying for any upcoming SLF grants check out: https://speculativeliterature.org/grants/