New York City, Aurora Award, W. L. E. T. T. discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers


A._r.. See in advanced reader copy of master of the world to one lucky listener of world-shapers if you are hearing this before I think I was saying August. I I'm going to say August sixth because that's when book one world shaper comes out and mass-market paperback so before August sixth <hes> send me an email at e Wallet E. W. L. E. T. T. at g mail dot com with the subject mind master of the World A. R. C. Or if you just put master of the World I'll figure it out and I will do a draw and we'll send out that autographed Air Sea to one lucky listener and I think I'm going to throw in a copy if the paperback of world shaper as well so that we had the first two books in the series. I'm currently writing the third book I should perhaps just explain a little bit about what it's about it all takes place in a labyrinth of shaped worlds. The people who shape these worlds live within them so they're a bit like authors like the authors I interview on this podcast living inside the universes they have created the main character Shawna keys as she lived in a world very much like ours although with the few significant differences but she didn't know that it was a shape squirrel she had somehow forgotten that she was shaper. Carl yet mysterious stranger shows up and explains to her that in fact she did shape the world and now she has to get out of it because the adversary who's going from role to world and trying to <hes> take over so that he can eventually take over the whole Abirin is now in her world and has already stolen her knowledge of the world and she has to get out of it before he kills her because that's why he's aiming to do. He's already killed her best friend so she flees her world. In that sets the whole series in motion. The second book master of the World Takes Place in a world. That's inspired by Jules Verne so it's very steam punk with lots of you know submarines airships and and all that sort of thing and the third which I've just started writing <hes> takes place in a world where wolves vampires so under the great things about the series is that <hes> I get to write stories set in any kind of world that I I want to so I hope readers will come along on the journey and I hope you will be one of them. That does so again if you'd like to enter for an R._C.. Of Master of the world semi that email at e Willett T._W._a.. L. L. E. T. at g mail DOT COM and with the master of the World A._R.. See in the subject line and I will enter you. I I should also mentioned that this podcast is a finalist for an Aurora award in the category of best fan related work. The AURORAS are the fan voted awards in Canada for best science fiction and fantasy as sort of like the Hugo's in the United States dates and if you are Canadian citizen or resident you can buy a membership in the Canadian Science Fiction Fantasy Association for Amir Ten dollars Canadian that will give you the opportunity to vote for the AURORAS and you will receive a voters owners package with many of the shortlisted works novels short stories artwork all that kind of thing included in it so it's a very good deal if you are interested and if you are Canadian citizen or resident you just have to go to pre Aurora awards dot C._A.. That's P._R._I.. Ex a U. R. R. A. W. A. R. D. S. Dot C._A.. And you can find all the information there for buying a membership and then <hes> for voting for the works of the Aurora awards towards this year will be handed out at to Cancun in Ottawa in mid October. I will in fact be there in person so if you happen to come to Cancun be sure to to look me up all right well. I think that <hes> gets all the preliminaries out of the way let's skit on to this episodes. Guest Dr Charles e Gannon Dr Charles e Gannon's Cain reward and Terron Republic Hard S._F.. Novels have all been national bestsellers and include three finalists for the Nebula to for the Dragon Award and a Compton in Crook winner. The fifth mark of Cain is forthcoming in July twenty nineteen that would be next month as we regard this is epic fantasy trilogy the Broken World Launches Twenty twenty he collaborates with Eric Clint at say who we just had that episode go live 'cause I'm recording this <hes> so check that one out if you're interested in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling Ring Afire series and has worked in the star fire black tide rising on averse and Manson universes and also talked to David Weber and other collaborator the rest of his bibliography includes many works short fiction and venues such as analog numerous gained design writing credits and television productions from his past career as a script writer producer New York City formerly a distinguished professor of English at Saint Bonaventure University and recipient of five Fulbright Grants his book rumors of war and infernal machines when the two thousand six A._M.. L. A. That's the American Library Association Choice Award for Outstanding Book is a frequent subject matter experts both for national media venues such as National Public Radio and the discovery channel as well as for various intelligence and defense agencies contractors so welcome to the World Shaper Charles are chuck. I guess I can call you chuck. Can I absolutely call me chuck and it's great to be here now. We've run into each other once in awhile at conventions and we actually sat at an autograph table together at Dragon Con last year <hes> I can't remember who is to my left. It was an urban fantasy author with a huge following. You had eight line out the door. I didn't but it was. It was nice. Talk with you. What we were sitting there anyway? Absolutely mine mine was <hes> was a a humble and intermittent line so we're going to talk <hes> the primarily about <hes> the the cane reward in a series as an example of your creative process but I I I was like to take the guests back into the dark recesses of history <hes> when you're young and find out how you you mean before electricity yeah exactly yeah back then I was there to <hes> how you got first of all interested in science fiction and and fantasy and then how specifically you got interested in <hes> writing it also you know where you grew up and that kind of thing <hes> <hes> so where I grew up as about <hes> I'll start with that. I is about thirty miles north west of New York City and I say that and people envision a sort of endless domino's structure of high rises in receiving into the gray distance and in actuality holiday our biggest problem was keeping a deer at out of our tomatoes. <hes> of course that was a long time ago but still <hes> The New York Metro sprawl is is is pretty much constrained a lot closer than that so I had a kind of <hes> <hes> I didn't an upbringing which brought me in close contact with the city fairly frequently and yet was <hes> was pushed right up against the state park which was inviolate to development so <hes> so it was a mix of two worlds not a city person. I learned that early but in the city there was something that probably was one of the earliest sparking <hes> in me towards what science fiction or just notions of all territory in general the Museum of Natural History in New York City they had a <hes> at that time a <hes> a really really extensive for that time <hes> dinosaur exhibit I think past now that's been massively uh-huh passed by others that are much more invested in that but <hes> I could spend an inordinate amount of time amongst the amongst the various reassembled fossils and <hes> and there was that was where I conceived of the notion ocean that I wanted to be a paleontologist right about it well as time went on I wanted them to be as Walla Gist and write about it and then I wanted to be an astronomer and write about it and then briefly I wanted to be an astronaut right about it but that was a little more dangerous than I was aligned for and and <hes> and at about eleven or twelve I realized what the constant was was wanting to write about it. The other constant was to to be involved with cool things but this was about also the age when you start getting enough of a sense the way the world works at eleven twelve. I was starting to realize you have ninety five percent of the time spent in those jobs if not more is solitary and to my mind kind of dull repetitive and almost almost purely for every for every ounce of creativity in it there was a ton of of <hes> of essentially quantitative <hes> assessment proving analysis etc not that I don't enjoy that to a degree but my obviously I think <hes> given my chosen career <hes> my my advocation <hes> look enough now to be my occupation was to move on the creative side of things so I kind of realized what what I WANNA do is be and talk about all those things but <hes> but to write about them and that's really been the best of all worlds because literally I can go to all worlds <hes> and that's that sense of all territory that sense of <hes> of if you will unlimited possibilities and a total lack of of <hes> restriction there are no no-fly zones there there. Are you know they're no construction barriers up when it comes to the human imagination so that's a that's how I got here. I often say when I'm doing talks and you know sometimes people say. Why do you write this stuff in fact? I'm going to ask you that question later on but <hes> but if it's coming from like <hes> people who look slightly lately askance at a science fiction earl the alternatives you call it alternate world kind of fiction is my response always well. Why don't you write it because it's such an unfettered place for the imagination to play yeah? I think there's a lot of L.. There's a lot of what I'll coil <hes> if you really grown up if you're really an adult I think there's there's no reason to feel that you have always act in a way that is socially coded as if you will adult action and I think the the notion of if you spend a lot of time in all territory in alternate places in thinking about things that are not connected to to you know what's happening putting in the stock market right now and what's coming across our feed from Reuters or whatever your chosen your chosen dubious news sources and I'd say that that I'm not saying Reuters is dubious. I'm saying that right now I I can't figure out what isn't <hes> and and in consequence to me. I think if you're really secure with yourself <hes> why if you have the kind of mind which is naturally one that wants to go over the next hill to see what hasn't been seen yet then of course do that which is which is an entirely adult activity anyhow it's just not always coded that way and and I think that <hes> so for me I understand exactly what what you're saying about that and and <hes> but I always find it kind of interesting and a it's a useful endeavor <hes> into to encounter folks like that simply because it it it sets up an opportunity to have a discourse in a friendly discourse course and <hes> and make people <hes> perhaps give them a sense of freedom to ask those same questions just as as you said at you know it's. Why aren't you writing it and <hes> and I think that's that's a really important question? I think that <hes> it's it's probably highly tinkered by our media..

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