AISFP 98 – Paolo Bacigalupi

Like the true champion he is, recent Hugo-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi fights through respiratory issues to chat with us about the Campbell Conference, his collaboration with Tobias Buckell on the novella The Alchemist and The Executioness, and his YA novel Ship Breaker. Off course, we also discuss how The Windup Girl, arguably the greatest debut science fiction novel, came to be. You won’t want to miss Paolo’s account of the starts and stops he took to become a published author.

This episode is brought to you by SPELLWRIGHT, the exciting new fantasy novel from Blake Charlton. Nicodemus is a young, gifted wizard with a problem. Magic in his world requires the caster to create spells by writing out the text . . . but he has always been dyslexic, and thus has trouble casting even the simplest of spells. And his misspells could prove dangerous, even deadly, should he make a mistake in an important incantation.

Show Notes:

We finally announce the details for the AISFP art contest. Submissions need to feature a banner 960 pixels by 100 pixels and an iTunes image 300 pixels by 300 pixels. All the details are in the episode, but we’re basically looking for something sleek and hip. Have fun, and submit to our email within the next two months: adventuresinscifipublishing (at) gmail (dot) com. Remember to consider the banner ad placement when designing the banner.

The winner of the contest will receive free advertising on AISFP for a full year, and all entries will be featured on the website in an Feature Article. Tell your designer friends!

Make sure to read Steven Klotz’s reviews of not only The Windup Girl, but also of fellow Campbell and Hugo-award nominees The City & The City by China Mieville (tied for the 2010 Hugo award) and Robert Charles Wilson’s Julian Comstock: A story of 22nd-Century America. Additionally, the 2010 Campbell Conference was dedicated to “Theodore Sturgeon and the Science-Fiction Short Story.” Several of the attending authors read Sturgeon’s works. Watch our news section for the podcast release of those readings.

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  1. Hi, all!
    I could not find “The Guerrilla Poet” anywhere. Without the link in your show notes, even the author’s website would have remained a mystery! The search began as a quick look to see if I was interested in pursuing the title, but ended here in defeat. This has never happened before, so it warrants a comment for a milestone marker.

    btw, love the show, I’m glad to have it back.


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