Michael, Summer, Brian and Michael discuss tax season for writers and other independently sufficient workers, and talk a little bit more about the hornets nest that was shaken up by some of our previous political commentary and attempts at humor. There's more SF talk than politics talk, but there's no bashing, just examining the politics of current science and how that's reflected in possible futures, as might be seen in SF TV and literature.
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Interview: Michael, Summer, Brian and Michael talk with Patrick Rothfuss, the hottest new fantasy author out there, and his debut novel, The Name of the Wind. Brian's book review reflects his appreciation of the story-telling style in this book, and has been anticipating this chat for quite some time.
Pat tells us all about how he did everything wrong and still churned out a wonderful story that knocked the socks off many genre and industry luminaries, about how to figure out how long a story really should be, and the experience of learning how to sign your name in a book over and over again. And the dangerous possibilities of not checking your backpack before you get on the airplane.
The Library: New to the studio this week we have Seraphs by Faith Hunter, The Quest for the Trilogy by Mel Odom, Dragonqueen by Jayel Gibson, Farseed by Pamela Sargent, Rollback by Robert Sawyer, Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg.
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