Enjoy Brent Bowen‘s interview with Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Among Others, Jo Walton. What if fairies were real and they were in the industrial ruins? Brent’s interview with Jo Walton explores this “what if” in her book, Among Others. She built a magic system where things came alive because you used them. She talks about the struggle to believe magic systems and how her magic system could exist without people having noticed it, whereas if vampires really existed, we’d probably know about it. She also discusses fandom and her experience as an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and announces her new book, What Makes This Book So Great. You can find Jo Walton online at her Livejournal account: and her articles.

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  1. Carl V. Anderson says

    Highly entertaining interview. I became a fan of Walton’s work because of Among Others and have enjoyed her posts for Had to laugh at her thoughts about why someone would buy a book comprised of stuff that is online for free, especially because one of those who will pick it up on release week is me. Look at Scalzi, he’s sold how many copies of books that are compilations of post free online? Quite a few.

    There are few people as entertaining to read when they are talking about reading than Jo Walton. Great job all!

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