AISFP Podcast 266 – Max Gladstone, FULL FATHOM FIVE

Timothy C. Ward, author of the novelette, “Scavenger,” joins Assistant Editor, Carl Engle-Laird, to interview Max Gladstone about his newest novel, Full Fathom Five: Craft Sequence #3.

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On Sale, Tuesday, July 15, Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

“Gladstone continues to trump his already considerable accomplishments in this tightly paced fantasy legal thriller.”
—Publishers Weekly « Starred Review «

Book Description and Bio:

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World.

When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.

MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Full Fathom Five is his third novel. Visit him on the web at

Discussed in this episode of Adventures in SciFi Publishing:

Max’s journey to becoming published by Tor.

What is the Craft Sequence and can they stand alone or do you need to read them in order?

Why Max chose not to change details to make this a Steampunk world.

The Angelus Guns by Max Gladstone will be published on Wednesday.

Max’s preparation for building this world and what elements of his writing he’s tried to improve, from sentence structure to character building.

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Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

ScavengerTimothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His newest story, Scavenger: A Sand Diver Tale, is available on Kindle or Smashwords for $.99. His novel in progress, Order After Dark, is a Post-apocalyptic Fantasy set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.

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