Jeremy Whitley (broadcast 02-02-2015) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty, talking with Durham comics writer Jeremy Whitley about his comics The Order of Dagonet and Princeless, and his work on My Little Pony: Friends Forever.
2015 Speculative Fiction Preview (broadcast 1-5-2015) — Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and! special guest Paul Nagy preview the year to come in science fiction and fantasy.
Danger of Love by Maryam Tabibzadeh (broadcast 9-8-2014) Marjan is the daughter of a Kashvili chieftain, the most powerful man in their province in Persia. Beautiful and educated, she was married at age nine to a rich merchant who is absent for months at a time. Russ is a British Christian missionary doctor stationed in Shiraz just as World War II is breaking out.
When Marjan and Russ meet, in spite of all the obstacles between them—his deep Christian beliefs, her married life, the different cultures they grow up in, and the fact that they could be stoned to death for engaging in an affair—they fall in love. Drama, tragedy and love in its many forms are told in this story. Find out more at ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-35-09/book-buzz/5646-danger-of-love-by-maryam-tabibzadeh
Auto Biography by Earl Swift (broadcast) A classic ’57 Chevy, in wretched shape. Hassled by banks, local officials, the FBI, and his own volatile demons, the Chevy’s thirteenth owner embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve the long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.
Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Earl Swift’s fifth book of narrative nonfiction charts the shifting hopes and fortunes of the people who’ve gripped the car’s steering wheel, throwing a light on the sturdy resilience of the American Dream and our abiding relationship with the automobile. Find out more at earlswift.com
The Committee on Town Happiness by Alan Michael Parker (broadcast 6-9-2014) The Committee on Town Happiness consists of ninety-nine linked stories about disappearing townsfolk. Air balloons are launched to search for the missing, galas proliferate, laws are imposed ad absurdum, and a guerilla group forms as the Committee shapes the future of small-town America in this biting examination of modern bureaucracy. Find out more at alanmichaelparker.com
My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer (broadcast 5-26-2014) From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people – a middle class American raised in Southern California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village – who made a commitment to one another without forsaking their own identities.
Fascinating, often funny, and profoundly moving, this meditation on tolerance explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and, just as important, to embrace our own. It is Krista’s unexpected struggle to reach beyond herself, her accidental jihad. Find out more at kristabremer.com/book
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith(broadcast 5-12-2014) A writer at the height of her craft, Lee Smith has created, through her masterful melding of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart – a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction, tragedy and transformation, are luminously intertwined. Find out more at leesmith.com/guests
The 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award Eligibility List (broadcast 12-15-2014) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with host Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, primarily occupied with short descriptions of each of the 80-ish novels eligible for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy. A cover image gallery of the novels, including additional titles added after this broadcast date, is available at bullspec.com.
Ursula Vernon (broadcast 12-01-2014) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty, interviewing author and illustrator Ursula Vernon. Hugo Award winner Vernon is the author and illustrator of the Danny Dragonbreath series of children’s books, and (as the pseudonymous “T. Kingfisher”) stories and books for adults. We also discuss our “best reads of the year” in science fiction and fantasy and (of course) run down the local event and book calendars.
James Maxey (broadcast 11-03-2014) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty, interviewing Hillsborough author James Maxey. Maxey is the author of superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, epic fantasy series Bitterwood and The Dragon Apocalypse, and a short fiction collection There Is No Wheel. In studio he talks about his new novel Bad Wizard, the story of Dorothy Gale ten years after she returns from Oz. Maxey will host a launch party for the novel on Wednesday, November 5th at the Orange County Library.