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Focus on Speculative Fiction: 2016 in Review with Ursula Vernon

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Ursula Vernon [broadcast 2016-12-19] — Pittsboro author Ursula Vernon and co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about the year in books, games, comics, movies, and more. The “more” included surviving the apocalypse, potatoes, soil, and yet more. Enjoy! And see folks out at illogiCon this weekend!

Focus on Speculative Fiction: Rysa Walker, “The Delphi Effect”

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Rysa Walker [broadcast 2016-10-17] — Cary author Rysa Walker joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about her new book The Delphi Effect, the first in a new series from the author of the ABNA winning and bestselling CHRONOS Files, that series also being the basis of a new comic book series The Chronos Files: Time Trial.

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Focus on Speculative Fiction: Sabaa Tahir (A Torch Against the Night) and Renée Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger)

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Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh [broadcast 2016-09-05] — San Francisco author Sabaa Tahir (in studio) and North Carolina author Renée Ahdieh (via phone) discuss their latest young adult fantasy novels, A Torch Against the Night and The Rose and the Dagger, ahead of their joint appearance at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday, September 6. For some background on Tahir and Ahdieh and their books, see my article in this week’s Indy Week.

In studio at WCOM: co-host Mur Lafferty (left) and guest author Sabaa Tahir (right).

In studio at WCOM: co-host Mur Lafferty (left) and guest author Sabaa Tahir (right).

Focus on Speculative Fiction: John Claude Bemis, “The Wooden Prince”

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John Claude Bemis [broadcast 2016-08-08] — Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about The Wooden Prince, the first in his new Out of Abaton series which re-casts the story of Pinocchio in a Steampunk/alchemical/magical Venetian Empire. We also talked about his Clockwork Dark trilogy for young readers, his background in teaching, and his time as the Piedmont Laureate.

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Focus on Speculative Fiction: Jay Posey, “Outriders”

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Jay Posey [broadcast 2016-07-11] — Posey was last in studio for his “Legends of the Duskwalker” series, returning to talk about his new military science fiction novel Outriders (Angry Robot Books, May 3) as well as his work on the forthcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Ubisoft/Red Storm).  Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Runtime: 68 minutes.

Mur Lafferty (L) and Jay Posey (R) in studio.

Mur Lafferty (L) and Jay Posey (R) in studio.

Focus on Speculative Fiction: 2015 in Science Fiction and Fantasy with Ursula Vernon

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Ursula Vernon [broadcast 2016-02-01] — Discussion of the best of 2015 in science fiction and fantasy literature, movies, comics, stories, and more, with an eye on Hugo Award categories, the Nebula Suggested Reading List, and the just-released Locus Recommended Reading List. Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Runtime: 01:59:29. Also mentioned that nominations are open for the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award and a pair of upcoming events at Flyleaf Books (Thursday, February 5) and Quail Ridge Books (Friday, Feburary 6) with Lawrence M. Schoen for his new science fiction novel Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard.

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Jenna Black

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Jenna Black [broadcast 2015-12-07] — “Focus on Speculative Fiction” co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn talk to Pittsboro author Jenna Black about her “Game of Thrones meets House of Cards” contemporary fantasy The Gifted Dead and new sequel Schism, as well as her YA “Replica” series (Tor Teen) and urban fantasy series “Descendants”.

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The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Mark Van Name and David Drake

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Mark Van Name and David Drake (broadcast October 19, 2015) — A discussion of the newly-published tribute anthology Onward, Drake! edited by Van Name, with new fiction and non-fiction by Drake, Van Name, Gene Wolfe, Eric Flint, Cecelia Holland, and many more, including Carolina Book Beat co-host Mur Lafferty. Van Name and Drake will also appear at the military science fiction convention HonorCon at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown on Saturday, October 31.

In studio, left-to-right: Mark Van Name, David Drake, and Mur Lafferty

In studio, left-to-right: Mark Van Name, David Drake, and Mur Lafferty

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Alyssa Wong and Ursula Vernon

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Alyssa Wong and Ursula Vernon (broadcast September 7, 2015) — Ahead of their appearance tonight (Thursday, September 17) at the Duke University Libraries-hosted Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Southeast Reading Series (4 pm to 6 pm) these two World Fantasy Award nominated authors joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about their work. And dating games. And… well, you’ll just have to listen.

Left to Right: Alyssa Wong, Ursula Vernon, and Mur Lafferty

Left to Right: Alyssa Wong, Ursula Vernon, and Mur Lafferty

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Michael Swanwick

Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick (broadcast August 17, 2015) — 5-time Hugo Award winning author Michael Swanwick was in town for three events (the Oak City Comic Show, and readings at Quail Ridge Books and Flyleaf Books) on a tour in support of his new novel Chasing the Phoenix, set in his “Darger and Surplus” post-utopian milieu of con artists, malevolent artificial intelligences, and a pre-industrial collapsed future of genetic manipulation and plagues. That sounds a bit bleak, but they’re actually both darkly and laugh-at-loud funny books as well. (If you want a bit bleak, try Swanwick’s Stations of the Tide or his World Fantasy Award nominated The Iron Dragon’s Daughter.) In studio with co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Swanwick’s last tour date is coming up next Monday (September 21) at the Penn Bookstore in Philadelphia at 6:00 p.m.

Mur Lafferty and Michael Swanwick

Mur Lafferty and Michael Swanwick