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Exclusive Interview: “Wicked Problems” Author Max Gladstone

 

With Wicked Problems (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), writer Max Gladstone is presenting the middle piece of The Craft Wars Trilogy, a new subseries connected to his epic urban fantasy hexalogy, The Craft Sequence.

In the following email interview, Gladstone discusses what inspired and influenced this second book of three, how this series connects to The Craft Sequence, as well as whether or not you need to go back to the beginning of that series to comprehend this new one.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Heartbeat Of The Universe” Editor Emily Hockaday

 

For more than 20 years, senior managing editor Emily Hockaday has overseen the poetry sections of the iconic science fiction and fantasy magazines Analog Science Fiction And Fact and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.

Well, now she has a new (ish) role: editing the new anthology The Heartbeat Of The Universe: Poems From Asimov’s Science Fiction And Analog Science Fiction And Fact 2012–2022 (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Hockaday discusses how she decided which of the poems published on her watch to include (and which not to include), what forms they take, and why none of them start with the line, “Oh 3PO, oh 3PO, wherefore art though, 3PO?”

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Exclusive Interview: “Setting His Cap” Author Aaron Rosenberg

 

Sometimes the best character in a story isn’t the one the story is about. Sometimes, there’s someone just as interesting in a supporting role. Or someones, as the case may be with Aaron Rosenberg’s comedic urban fantasy novel Yeti Left Home, in which the titular cryptid wasn’t the only interesting supernatural person.

Which brings us to Setting His Cap (paperback, Kindle), a prequel to Yeti centered around one of the interesting characters the yeti met when he left home.

In the following email interview, Rosenberg discusses why he decided to write this prequel, as well as his plans for more yeti-related stories.

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Exclusive Interview: “I Feel Awful, Thanks” Writer / Artist Lara Pickle

 

In Lara Pickle’s new graphic novel I Feel Awful, Thanks (paperback, Kindle), we follow a woman on a journey in a fantasy realm.

But as Pickle explains in the following email interview, this journey isn’t a quest to find some treasure or destroy some danger, it’s an emotional journey tied directly to her mental health.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Hiding” Author Alethea Lyons

 

With The Hiding (hardcover, paperback, Kindle), writer Alethea Lyons is kicking off a dark, contemporary urban fantasy series called The Seer Of York, with two more books — Reawakening and The Somnia — slated for September and this time next year, respectfully.

In the following email interview, Lyons discusses what inspired and influenced this series, as well as her plans for it moving forward.

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Exclusive Interview: “Small Gods Of Calamity” Author Sam Kyung Yoo

 

When we think of ghosts, we usually think of dead people. Or that slimy guy from Ghostbusters.

But in Sam Kyung Yoo’s urban fantasy / supernatural noir / paranormal investigation novella Small Gods Of Calamity (paperback, Kindle), a full-time police detective and part-time spiritualist named Kim Han-gil is chasing a ghost worm.

In the following email interview, Kyung Yoo talks about what inspired and influenced this story, as well as their plans for more…but not about the worm. Some mysteries must remain mysterious

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Exclusive Interview: “The Butcher Of The Forest” Author Premee Mohamed

 

For the Chinese, 2024 is the year of the wood dragon.

For the people of India, it is the year of Saturn.

But for bookshelves, it’s going to be the year of Premee Mohamed, who has at least three, and possible as many as five, books coming out this year, starting with the dark fairytale fantasy novella The Butcher Of The Forest (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Mohamed explains what inspired and influenced this tale, while also discussing the two others that have been scheduled for release: The Siege Of Burning Grass (out March 12) and We Speak Through The Mountain (out June 18).

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Exclusive Interview: “Sun Of Blood And Ruin” Author Mariely Lares

 

Putting a different spin on a work of literature isn’t new, but it is really popular these days thanks to books like Madeline Miller’s Circe and Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne.

It is in this tradition, but also in its own way, that we find Mariely Lares’ historical fantasy novel Sun Of Blood And Ruin (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), which not only puts a unique spin on the character of Zorro, but also sets said story in an alt-history world.

In the following email interview, Lares discusses what inspired and influenced this story, which is the first book of a duology…and (if she has her way) maybe more.

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Exclusive Interview: “Stations Of The Tide” Author Michael Swanwick

 

To hear writer Michael Swanwick talk about his fantasy-flavored science fiction novel Stations Of The Tide, you’d think he wrote it last week and then rushed it into bookstores.

But Stations Of The Tide actually came out in 1990, when it was first serialized in Asimov’s Science Fiction, and then released in hardcover a year later.

It’s because of its continued relevance — and its contunuing popularity — that Tor have decided to release a new version of Stations Of The Tide as part of their “Tor Essentials” series (paperback, Kindle, audiobook).

In the following email interview, Swanwick talks about what originally inspired and influenced this novel, as well as how it fit into his oeuvre.