Q&A With Ken Schneyer
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by fromearthtothestars
4d ago
After thirty-three rejections, Ken Schneyer makes his Asimov’s debut with the story “Tamaza’s Future and Mine” in our [July/August issue, on sale now!]. In the following Q&A, discover more about Ken’s influences, his background, and why writing for his own enjoyment has been so important for his success Asimov’s Editor: What is the story behind this piece? Ken Schneyer: This story arose out of my dissatisfaction with various tropes I have seen (including some I have written) related to a common situation that arises in fiction, particularly adventure, military, and spy stories.  I sta ..read more
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Q&A With Genevieve Valentine
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by fromearthtothestars
2w ago
Author Genevieve Valentine discusses her writing process, her interest in the psychology of artists, and the thoughts surrounding performance art that inspired her story “Future Perfect,” now available in our [July/August issue, on sale now!] Asimov’s Editor: What is the story behind this piece? Genevieve Valentine: “Future Perfect” comes from my complicated feelings about performance art—the definition of it, who decides what qualifies as art, where “real art” is experienced, and the limitations to art’s power, especially against the power of the state.  Despite the space in the museum d ..read more
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Q&A With Robert Morrell Jr.
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by fromearthtothestars
3w ago
Robert Morrell Jr. discusses how his family history and journeys around South Carolina helped inspire his latest story,”A Family Matter.” Read it in our [July/August issue, on sale now!] Asimov’s Editor: What is the story behind this piece? Robert Morrell Jr.: Last year I went to the Isle of Palms near Charleston. Along the way, I stopped to visit various relatives across South Carolina. A cousin had recently moved into the Francis Marion National Forest, her house actually bordering on federally protected swamp land. She showed me where her son had shot a charging feral hog (and told me about ..read more
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Q&A With John Richard Trtek
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by fromearthtothestars
1M ago
John Richard Trtek returns to the pages of Asimov’s with another story featuring his protagonist M. Picot. In this enlightening interview, learn more about what inspired Trtek’s new story, “The Sixteenth Circumstance” in our [July/August issue, on sale now!], and find out how the author uses an improvisational writing process to his advantage. Asimov’s Editor: What is the story behind this piece? John Richard Trtek: “La Terrienne” was the first story to feature M. Picot, and the intention was always to continue his story arc, with the character evolving as time went on. “The Sixteenth Circumta ..read more
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Afro-Cosmicism: On the Craft of Racial Consciousness Within Cosmic Horror
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by fromearthtothestars
2M ago
by Chris Campbell Chris Campbell discusses cosmic horror while pointing to a few examples of how Black authors are pushing the genre forward. Grab a copy of our [May/June issue, on sale now] to read Campbell’s novelette In the Palace of Science My novelette In the Palace of Science, published in the (May/June 2024) issue of Asimov’s magazine, joins a rapidly growing body of literature by Black writers ostensibly working within the subgenre of cosmic horror. I use the term ostensibly because while these works sit comfortably within the framework of the Afrofuturist movement, their relationship ..read more
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Q&A With Elena Pavlova
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by fromearthtothestars
3M ago
Elena Pavlova has realized her dream of getting a story published in Asimov’s with her latest work, “Renting to Killers,” available in [May/June issue, on sale now!] Get to know the Bulgarian author in this insightful Q&A that discusses writers block, the hopefulness of modern SF, and more. Asimov’s Editor: Is this story part of a larger universe, or is it stand-alone? Elena Pavlova: The story is part of a Hellverse, containing 2 game-books, 1 novel and a few short stories, most of them published in Bulgarian in different anthologies during the years. All of these describe a post-apocalypt ..read more
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The Story Behind “Barbarians”
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by fromearthtothestars
3M ago
by Rich Larson Rich Larson’s novella, Barbarians, appears in our [May/June issue, on sale now!] In this blog post, Larson discusses how a vivid dream, as well as the animated film Treasure Planet, led to this latest work. As is the case for about a third of my work, this novella was inspired by a vivid dream. I woke up one morning in Ottawa recalling a dark cavern, an ancient technology activated by blood, and a single disparaging remark: barbarians. Mechanized human sacrifice has haunted my subconscious for some time; in this case I decided a hidden treasure had been genecoded to a specific ..read more
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On Finding Time to Write as a Mother
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by fromearthtothestars
4M ago
by Bunny McFadden Bunny McFadden makes her Asimov’s debut in our [March/April issue, on sale now!] with her short story “Peck.” Here she discusses some of the unique challenges of being both a mother and a writer I oscillate between creation and consumption. I’ll go through phases where I am insatiably hungry for books, movies, television shows; I devour science fiction like a true bookworm and I binge limited series with the best of ‘em, cozy in my floral flannel sheets with my chin resting on my pillow. And then I’ll enter a period where I create and discard projects like I’m shaking a bag o ..read more
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Alternate Histories, Personal and Otherwise
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by fromearthtothestars
4M ago
by Ray Nayler Ray Nayler discusses a childhood event that helped shape the rest of his life, and inspired his latest story, “Charon’s Final Passenger,” from our [March/April issue, on sale now!] I was kidnapped when I was three years old. It was not by a stranger (an exceedingly rare form of kidnapping, to which we devote a lot of cultural handwringing and television shows). Instead, it was the most common kind of child abduction: I was kidnapped by my father. My mother had left my father twice—once in Quebec, and again in California, after he came begging for her to take her back. He was able ..read more
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Sere Glagolit and the World of Tempest
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by fromearthtothestars
4M ago
by Alexander Jablokov Learn about the worldbuilding process behind Alexander Jablokov’s latest story, “How Sere Kept Herself Together,” now available in our [March/April issue, on sale now!] “How Sere Kept Herself Together” is the third of my stories about Sere Glagolit, a young woman who is forced to become a kind of detective to make ends meet after her ex-boyfriend takes off with the assets of their business. That their business involved reselling discarded body parts molted centuries before by an alien species called the Bik tells you something about the city, Tempest, that she has grown u ..read more
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