Cover to Cover #414A: C. J. Cherryh

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Garth comments on the craft of writing as expressed by Brandon Sanderson in his recent interview; Dave also appreciated Brandon's interview, and asks what type of writing career might be preferable -- your own universe or someone else's; Anna calls shenanigans on the closed system analogy expressed by the guys on touting the iPad's functionality; Tim Low respectfully complains about the iPad gushing, and isn't sold on it's usability in education

Interview: CJ Cherryh joins us this week! Her most recent book is Deceiver, the 11th book in the Foreigner series, and she explains how the original trilogy continued to grow and expand, and breaking the series down into sub-trilogies in order to make it easier for new readers to jump in.

She also talks about the Closed Circle Project, a collaborative venture with authors Lynn Abbey and Jane Fancher, where they are putting their own backlist works back in print electronically, with their own cover art and illustrations, helping each other edit works, and even continuing series that fans were still interested in reading long after the publishing houses no longer had any interest.

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  1. Hi the Michaels,

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  2. Now here is a point of view that should be of interest to ALL writers of SF and the readers as well.


    Read, cogitate, digest, ruminate, and then expound...

  3. Woah, the podcast feed changed?

    • It's used that feed for a very very long time, nearly 5 years (since whenever FeedBurner popped onto the scene)... the old podcast.xml URL just redirected to the FB URL.

      But that is the same feed that iTunes has been using since it first came along, as well... is there something wrong with your subscription?

  4. I don't use itunes. I was using but I didn't see the latest episode on it when I last posted.

    • Yeah, that went away a little over a year ago, but was replaced by a permanent redirect during that time, along with all of the old .xml feed URLs (the permanent redirect is still in place, though).

      Hopefully the feed readers that you and everyone else who'd been using that old URL have now switched you over to the new one (most software should acknowledge the new URL, because that's what a permanent redirect tells it). If not, hopefully they've noticed that there's a need to update 🙂

  5. WebGenii says

    Loved the interview. The one question I was curious about - has her work ever been optioned for film? When I make my own lists of SF that really should be made into a movie, her work is at the top.
    (Starship Troopers appears nowhere on that list).