50. Jessie Kwak - Imaginary Worlds, Cybernetic Implants, and Space Heists
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2M ago
In this episode, I chat with Jessie Kwak about imaginary worlds, cybernetic implants, and heist stories in space. We also discuss the inspiration of Scottish castles, hosting your own authors' summit, and the experience of being shot. As usual, there's also The Big Questions. Books of hers we discuss are: The Bulari Saga, The Nanshe Chronicles, Crooked Anthology. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at ⁠⁠AlternateFutures.co.uk⁠⁠ If you're on Wordpress.com, you can follow the podcast at ⁠⁠alternatefuturespodcast.wordpress.com⁠⁠ Fina ..read more
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Episode 48: Clayton Rumley - Game Development, Star Trek, and Envisioning Pre-recorded History
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9M ago
In this episode, I chat with Clayton Rumley about game development, his interest in Star Trek, and considerations when writing about pre-recorded human history. We also chat about being a cemetary groudskeeper, time travel, and generation ships. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of his we discuss are: Holocene. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If you're on Wordpress.com, you can follow the podcast at alternatefuturespodcast.wordpress.com Finally, you can follo ..read more
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Episode 47: Sophie McKeand (Part 2) - CopyLeft Publishing, Generative AI, and the Importance of Poetic Vision to Society
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9M ago
In the conclusion to the 2-part interview with Sophie McKeand we chat about CopyLeft publishing, the use of generative AI in the creative fields, and the importance of the poetic mind. We also discuss generational acceptance of AI, generative AI as a window into the human mind, and what should be considered in a test for self-awareness. There are also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of hers we discuss are: The MthR trilogy. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If you're on Wordpress.com, you ca ..read more
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Episode 46: Sophie McKeand - Living Out of a Van, the Social Schizm of 2016, and Sensitivity Editors
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10M ago
In this episode (Part 1 of 2), I chat with Sophie McKeand about moving into a van, her thoughts on the UK schizm of 2016 (i.e. Brexit), and writing with sensitivity. We also discuss the dangers of catastrophizing, the necessity of social and personal honesty, and the importance of storytelling. The Lightning Round and The Big Questions are in Part 2 (episode 47). Books of hers we discuss are: The MthR trilogy. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If you're on Wordpress.com, you can follow the podcast at&nb ..read more
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Episode 45: K. Gorman - Asian History, Dictating a Story, and the Darkness Within
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10M ago
In this episode, I chat with K. Gorman about her love of Asian History, the quality of and options for dictating stories, and the novel as an outlet for the darkness within. We also discuss her language disclaimers, the role of Canada in the future of humanity, and just how real might the characters we create be? In addition, we go to a few dark places from the 59 minutes mark to 1:04, so tread carefully. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of hers we discuss are: The Elemental Wars and The Eurynome Code. Further info on this and other episodes, as well ..read more
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Episode 44: Kate Sheeran Swed - Plastic Dinosaurs, Kickstarter revisited, and Space Westerns
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11M ago
In this episode, I chat with Kate Sheeran Swed about plastic dinosaurs in the workplace, her recent experiences using Kickstarter, and a love of space westerns. We also discuss transitioning from musician to author, the challenges of novelizing superhero stories, and what happens when artificial intelligences get emotions. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of hers we discuss are: The Parse Galaxy series, The League of Independent Operatives series, and The Toccata Systems trilogy. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and con ..read more
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Episode 43: M.G. Herron - Story Planning, Kickstarter for Authors, and The Aliens Among Us
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11M ago
In this episode, I chat with M.G. Herron about using Kickstarter to fund and promote books, how he approaches his story creation, and the aliens among us. We also discuss his enjoyment of hiking and rock climbing, why he loves Scrivener, and ancient civilization portal stories. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of his we discuss are: The Gunn Files, Relics of the Ancients, The Translocator Trilogy. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If you're on Wordpress.com, you ..read more
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Episode 42: Audrey Sharpe - Editing her Mother, being inspired by Star Trek, and Galactic Civilizations
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1y ago
In this episode, I chat with Audrey Sharpe about having a mother who's a professional writer, being inspired by Star Trek, and the possible existence of galactic civilizations. We also discuss designing spaceships only to destroy them, old science giving way to new science, and the future of human reproduction. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of hers we discuss are: The Starhawke Rising Series, Starhawk Rogue, Guardian Mate Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If ..read more
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Episode 41: Zachry Wheeler - English Football, Marketing for Authors, the Challenges of Immortality
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1y ago
In this episode, I chat with Zachry Wheeler about his love of English Football, his experiences with marketing books as an independent author, and the personal and social challenges of immortality. We also discuss the challenges of moving from technical writing to storytelling, avoiding the pitfalls of storytelling in the multiverse, and the swinging pendulum of societal tribalism. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Books of his we discuss are: The Immortal Wake series, the Max and the Multiverse series, and Puki Horpocket Presents Further info on this and o ..read more
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Episode 40: J.J. Green - Aliens, Colonies, and Magic in Space
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1y ago
In this episode, I chat with J.J. Green about her travels to southeast asia, a possible galactic community, and magic as an alternative to technology. We also discuss the past, present, and future of colonization. As usual, there's also The Lightning Round and The Big Questions. Book Series of hers we discuss are: Carrie Hatchet, Space Colony One, Shadows of the Void, Star Legend, and the Star Mage Saga Further info on this and other episodes, as well as author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk If you're on Wordpress.com, you can follow the podcast at  ..read more
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