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Episode 021: John Tibbetts' Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson, part 2

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This is the second part of the interview John Tibbetts conducted with Kim Stanley Robinson.

Episode 020: John Tibbets' Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson, part 1

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Episode 020 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Frederick Pohl, Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague De Camp, and many more. Kim Stanley Robinson is best-known as the author of the Mars trilogy, featuring the landing, exploration, and terraforming of Mars. Many of Robinson's works feature ecological issues, as well as scientific research and how to find balance between technology and human pursuits. He won the Nebula Award for Red Mars, the beginning of the trilogy. Robinson went on to win the Hugo Awards for Green Mars and Blue Mars. He also won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Pacific Edge. In this episode, Robinson discusses his research about the planet Mars for his trilogy, his inspiration for writing the novels, and his ambitions for writing science fiction.

Episode 019: John Tibbetts' Interview with Robert Bloch

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Episode 019 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with horror, mystery, and science fiction writer Robert Bloch. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Frederick Pohl, Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague De Camp, and many more. Robert Bloch was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle, authors who received mentoring and guidance from H.P. Lovecraft. He began his professional career at the age of 15, with the Lovecraftian story "The Thing," published in The Quill in 1932. Bloch is famous not only for his horror tales, but the book Psycho, later adapted into film by Alfred Hitchcock. Bloch is also well-known for his story, "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper," casting the serial killer as an immortal, and a Star Trek episode with similar themes, "Wolf in the Fold." In this episode, Bloch talks about his early communication with Lovecraft, the development of his career, and his experiences writing for television.

Episode 018: John Tibbetts' Interview with T.E.D. Klein

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Episode 018 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Dark Fantasy writer T.E.D. Klein. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Frederick Pohl, Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague De Camp, and many more. T.E.D. Klein has received a great deal of critical praise for his novel The Ceremonies, his collection of novellas Dark Gods, and his short fiction. He was the editor of the Twilight Zone magazine in the 1980s, and has penned several non-fiction articles about horror and dark fantasy including several for The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. Klein won the 1986 World Fantasy Award for his novella, "Nadelman's God." In this podcast, Klein discusses his time as an editor, his struggles with writer's block, and the need for writers to be readers.

Episode 017: John Tibbetts' Interview with Jack Williamson

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Episode 017 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Jack Williamson. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Frederick Pohl, Poul Anderson, T.E.D. Klein, L. Sprague De Camp, and many more. Jack Williamson was the second author to receive the SFWA Grand Master award, and has been working in the field since 1928. He was an inspiration for several authors, including Isaac Asimov. Williamson is known for his pulp Legion of Space series, as well as collaborations with Frederick Pohl such as the Starchild series, but his most well-known work may be his series about intelligent robots who seek to control humanity, The Humanoids. After an illustrious career, Williamson was producing great work even into his 90s, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards for his 2000 novella, "The Ultimate Earth." In this podcast, Williamson reflects on the differences between the science fiction and fantasy genres, the various trends in speculative fiction, and his career overall.

Episode 016: John Tibbetts' Interview with Poul Anderson, Part 2

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Episode 016 of the AboutSF podcast is the second half of a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Poul Anderson in 1993, in Minneapolis, MN. During his wide-ranging interview, he discusses his creative process, history of writing, the role his wife plays in editing his books, and the value of humor in stories. This is Part Two of a two-part interview.

Episode 015: John Tibbetts' Interview with Poul Anderson, Part 1

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Episode 015 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Poul Anderson in 1993, in Minneapolis, MN. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Frederick Pohl, Jack Williamson, T.E.D. Klein, L. Sprague De Camp, and many more. Poul Anderson was a Grand Master of Science Fiction, has won seven Hugo Awards, and won The John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2001. He has been writing professionally since 1947. He is known for his epic Technic History stories and his Time Patrol series. During his wide-ranging interview, he discusses his creative process, history of writing, the role his wife plays in editing his books, and the value of humor in stories. This is Part One of a two-part interview.

Episode 014: John Tibbetts' interview with L. Sprague De Camp

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Episode 014 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of an interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction and Fantasy writer L. Sprague De Camp. If you have not been following the podcasts, John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, provided donations of audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, T.E.D. Klein, children’s book author Chris Van Allsburg, and many more. This interview with De Camp covers being a Grand Master of Science Fiction, how he got started writing science fiction, and the themes present in his writing. De Camp is well known for his books The Incomplete Enchanter and his work continuing Robert Howard's "Conan" character. De Camp, like Isaac Asimov, also wrote a large amount of nonfiction, including the Science Fiction Handbook. De Camp also comments on predictions in his works, collaborative work with other writers, and his overall body of work.

013: Epilogue from Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, written by Frederik Pohl and read by Mary A. Turzillo

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Episode 013 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Mary A. Turzillo reading the epilogue from the Frederik Pohl novel Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, which was first published in 1980.

Mary A. Turzillo has published numerous works of fiction and poetry.  Her story “Mars Is No Place for Children” won the 2000 Nebula award for best novelette, and her novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog from July to November in 2004.  Mary’s 2007 collection of poetry, Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, published by VanZeno Press, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

This epilogue from Frederik Pohl’s novel Beyond the Blue Event Horizon was read by Mary as part of the festivities at the 2011 Campbell Conference.

012: "Let the Ants Try" written by Frederik Pohl, and read by Robin Wayne Bailey

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Episode 012 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Robin Wayne Bailey reading the Frederik Pohl short story “Let the Ants Try,” which was first published in the November, 1949 issue of Planet Stories, and has since been included in several collections and anthologies. 

Mr. Bailey is the author of numerous fantasy and science fiction works, including the bestselling DragonKin series, the Frost series, the Brothers of the Dragon series, and Mr. Bailey’s Fritz Leiber-inspired Fafhrd and the Gray Mouse novel, Swords Against the Shadowland.  In addition to his numerous publications, Mr. Bailey has also dedicated years of service to the genres of fantasy and science fiction, having served on the board of directors, and as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA).  Mr. Bailey was also instrumental in the creation of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Hall of Fame.

This Frederik Pohl short story was read by Mr. Bailey as part of the festivities at the 2011 Campbell Conference.

011: "The Day the Icicle Works Closed," written by Frederik Pohl, and read by Ian McDonald

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Episode 011 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Ian McDonald reading the Frederik Pohl short story “The Day the Icicle Works Closed,” which was first published in Galaxy Magazine, in February, 1960.  In that same year, the story was included in the Frederik Pohl short story collection The Man Who Ate the World.  Since then, it has been included in a number of anthologies of Mr. Pohl’s work, most recently in Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories.

Mr. McDonald was recorded reading “The Day the Icicle Works Closed” at the 2011 Campbell Conference, where he also received the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for his novel The Dervish House.  Ian McDonald is the author of a number of science fiction novels, including Brasyl, River of Gods, Cyberabad Days, Desolation Road, King of Morning, Queen of Day, Out on Blue Six, Chaga, and Kirinya.  His is a past winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, the BSFA Award, and the Hugo Award.  He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, and a Quill Book Award, and has had several nominations for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

010: "“The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass” written by Frederik Pohl, and read by Geoffrey A. Landis

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Episode 010 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Geoffrey A. Landis reading the Frederik Pohl short story “The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass.”  “The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass” was first published in Galaxy Magazine in 1962, and has since been included in numerous collections of Mr. Pohl’s work.  Most recently, in 2005, the story was included in The Enchanter Completed: A Tribute Anthology for L. Sprague de Camp.

Mr. Landis was recorded reading “The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass” at the 2011 Campbell Conference, where he also received the 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award for his short story “The Sultan of the Clouds,” published in Asimov's Science Fiction.  Mr. Landis is a prolific writer of Science Fiction, having won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards and a Locus Award for his short fiction and novels.  He has also received two Rhysling Awards for his poetry, and his poetry collection Iron Angels was published by Van Zeno Press in 2009.

Aside from these sizeable literary accomplishments, Geoffrey Landis works as a scientist for NASA at the John Glenn Research Center, where he has worked on the Mars missions and on developing advanced concepts and technology for future space missions.  More information about Mr. Landis’ scientific research is available on his website, as well as a list of links to his scientific papers available online.

009: "The Mayor of Mare Tranq" written by Frederik Pohl and read by Elizabeth Anne Hull

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Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull is an accomplished scholar and editor in the field of Science Fiction.  She edited the anthology Gateways: Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl, published by Tor book in 2010.  She has been a member of the selection jury for the annual John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel since 1986.  She has been an active member of the Science Fiction Research Association, serving as its president, and the editor of the SFRA newsletter.  She was awarded the Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service by SFRA in 1997.  Dr. Hull has been a frequent contributor to the programs at Worldcons, and will be the co-organizer of the academic track at Chicon 7 in 2012.  At the 2011 Campbell Conference, Dr. Hull read the story “The Mayor of Mare Tranq” written by her husband Frederik Pohl.  The story was first published in 1996 in The Williamson Effect, an anthology of fiction and poetry inspired by the work of Jack Williamson, edited by Roger Zelazny.

008 "The Meeting" written by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, read by Bradley Denton

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Episode 008 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Bradley Denton reading the Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth story “The Meeting.”  “The Meeting” was first published in November, 1972, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  The story went on to win the 1973 Hugo Award for the Best Short Story.  Mr. Denton is the author of numerous short works of fiction and novels, including Laughin’ Boy, Lunatics, Blackburn and Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede.  A film version of Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede , which won the 1992 John W. Campbell memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year, is currently in production with Dahlia Street Films.  Mr. Denton is also an accomplished musician who performs under the name “Bland Lemon Denton”. 

This story was read as part of the festivities at the 2011 Campbell Conference.

007 "Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair" written by Frederik Pohl and read by Kij Johnson

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Episode 007 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Kij Johnson (www.kijjohnson.com) reading the Frederik Pohl short story “Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair.”  Kij has won numerous awards in the fields of Fantasy and Science Fiction, including the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Crawford Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award.  Kij is also a multiple Hugo Award nominee.  She is an associate director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction (www.sfcenter.ku.edu) at the University of Kansas, and is the Vice Chair of the Clarion West Board of Directors (www.clarionwest.org)

At the 2011 Campbell Conference Kij agreed to read Frederik Pohl’s story “Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair,” which was first published in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1983.

Episode 6: "Fermi and Frost" written by Frederik Pohl, read by Sheila Williams

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Episode 006 of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of Sheila Williams reading the Frederik Pohl short story “Fermi and Frost.”  Sheila Williams has worked at Asimov’s Science Fiction since 1982 (www.asimovs.com).  She has been the editor of the magazine since 2004.  Sheila cofounded the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (www.dellaward.com).  Her many editing credits include the Isaac Asimov’s anthology series (co-edited with Gardner Dozois), A Woman’s Liberation: A Choice of Futures by and About Women (edited with Connie Willis) and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: 30th Anniversary Anthology.  She has been nominated for five Hugo Awards as editor of Asimov’s.  At the 2011 Campbell Conference Sheila agreed to read Frederik Pohl’s well-known and critically hailed story “Fermi and Frost,” which was first published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in 1985, and which won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1986.

005 John Tibbetts' 1984 interview with Frederik Pohl

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Episode five of the AboutSF podcast is a recording of a 1984 interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction writer Frederik Pohl. John Tibbetts, associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, has donated recorded audio interviews with luminaries in the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Ray Bradbury, Frederick Pohl and Stephen King, among others, to the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS. The interviews, gathered during the course of a lifetime of reading, collecting, and writing about Science Fiction, include conversations with Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague de Camp, children’s book author Chris Van Allsburg, and many more. This interview with Frederik Pohl seemed like an appropriate selection for the first of the podcast episodes using the Tibbetts interview material since the theme for the 2011 Campbell Conference is “Alternating Currents: Frederick Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon.” If you’d like to learn more about the Campbell Conference, please visit the Center for the Study of Science Fiction website. I would also like to note that Mr. Tibbetts’ forthcoming book The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction in the Media will published by Palgrave Macmillan in October, 2011, so everyone should check it out. Without further adieu, here is John’s interview with Fred Pohl from 1984, in which Mr. Pohl discusses his collaborations with Cyril Cornbluth, the influence of the New Wave on his writing, and even his poetry. We’re honored to have received such a wonderful donation from John Tibbetts, and we hope that this interview, and many others, may be of interest to fans and scholars alike.

004 "Day Million" written and read by Frederik Pohl

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For episode four of the AboutSF AUDIO podcast we are thrilled to share a recording of Frederik Pohl reading his story “Day Million.” Mr. Pohl graciously recorded himself reading the story specifically for this podcast. Frederik Pohl’s career as a writer and editor spans over seventy years from his first published work “Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna” in 1937, to his most recent novel, All the Lives He Led, published by Tor in 2011. He is a multiple Nebula and Hugo award winner, as well as a recipient of the National Book Award. Mr. Pohl’s other awards are too numerous to list. His beloved works include The Space Merchants, written with Cyril M. Kornbluth, and the Heechee series of novels. Mr. Pohl blogs actively at www.thewaythefutureblogs.com The theme for this year’s 2011 Campbell Conference, hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, KS, is "Alternating Currents: Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon." A reading of Mr. Pohl’s and Mr. Sturgeon’s works will be included with the other Campbell Conference events. Information about the 2011 Campbell Conference, and the writing workshops hosted by the Center for the Study of Science fiction, is available at www2.ku.edu/~sfcenter/ “Day Million,” a story first published in 1966, is as keenly insightful in its exploration of human evolution, relationships and gender, as it was when first published. It is a great honor to have Mr. Pohl read this story for the podcast.

003 "Angela's Wisdom" by Lynda Williams and daughter Angela Lott

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"Angela's Wisdom" is a short story by Lynda Williams and daughter Angela Lott. It deals with the value of literacy and the experience of learning to read. It was written when Angela was 8 years old and given to Reading for the Future(rff-reflections.blogspot.com) a few years ago. Now it has been given to RFF, Inc. It will be used on the educational CD/DVD that will be given to the first 70 participants of the educator's workshop at Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Reno, Nevada from Wed. Aug 17th to Sunday, Aug. 21st. At Renovation, RFF will present "Teaching SF", a workshop for teachers, librarians and parents on how to use science fiction as a teaching tool. The workshop is a collaborative effort, organized and presented by Reading for the Future, Inc, from a proposal by AboutSF at the University of Kansas (www.aboutsf.com). Information on how to register for the "Teaching SF" workshop can be found at www.renovationsf.org/teachingsf.php Sign-up for the workshop ends on June 30, 2011.

002 "The Carnivore" by Katherine MacLean, writing as G. A. Morris

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Kristen Lillvis reads "The Carnivore" by Katherine MacLean. The story, written by MacLean under the name G. A. Morris, was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction in October of 1953. For Kristen's full commentary on the story, visit http://www.aboutsf.com/main/

001 "The Gun" by Philip K. Dick

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Ben Cartwright reads the short story "The Gun" by Philip K. Dick. The story was first published in Planet Stories in September, 1952 and is available online for free at Project Gutenberg. Ben's commentary on the story and more information is available at: http://www.aboutsf.com/main/