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Ep 36 - Walter Jon Williams

Invaders From Planet 3

Release Date: 02/15/2020

Ep 53 - Joe Haldeman's Favourites show art Ep 53 - Joe Haldeman's Favourites

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Joe Haldeman returns to the show in this bonus mini episode to share his thoughts on some of his favourite works of sf, with a special emphasis on comics.

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Ep 52 - Sebastien de Castell's Top 5 show art Ep 52 - Sebastien de Castell's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Sebastien de Castell returns to the show as we count down towards the end of our special bonus season. In this episode, Sebastien shares his Top 5 list of some of his favourite speculative fiction stories by other writers.

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Ep 51 - Kristi Charish's Top 5 show art Ep 51 - Kristi Charish's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Kristi Charish returns to the show to share her list of her Top 5 favourite speculative fiction movies.

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Ep 50 - Robert Charles Wilson's Top 5 show art Ep 50 - Robert Charles Wilson's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

The bonus season continues with author Robert Charles Wilson. In this previously-unaired mini interview, Bob shares his list of his Top 5 favourite works of speculative fiction.

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Ep 49 - Minister Faust's Top 5 show art Ep 49 - Minister Faust's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Minister Faust returns to the show. This time, he's sharing his list of his Top 5 favourite works of speculative fiction by other writers.

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Ep 48 - Alyx Dellamonica's Top 5 show art Ep 48 - Alyx Dellamonica's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Alyx Dellamonica returns for the show's bonus season to share her list of her Top 5 favourite works of speculative fiction by other writers. And she throws in some bonus recommendations, including a book to help aspiring writers.

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Ep 47 - David Nickle's Top 5 show art Ep 47 - David Nickle's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author David Nickle returns to the show for its bonus season. In this previously-unaired mini interview, he shares a Top 5 list of noteworthy speculative fiction stories.

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Ep 46 - Matt Ruff's Top 5 show art Ep 46 - Matt Ruff's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Matt Ruff joins us in this previously-unaired mini interview as the bonus season of the show continues! Matt shares his list of his Top 5 favourite works of speculative fiction by other writers.

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Ep 45 - Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Top 5 show art Ep 45 - Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Top 5

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia joins us for this mini-episode of the Invaders From Planet 3 bonus season. She shares her list of her Top 5 favourite works of speculative fiction by other writers.

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Ep 44 - John Jantunen's Top 5 show art Ep 44 - John Jantunen's Top 5

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Author John Jantunen joins us for this latest mini episode of our bonus season. He shares his list of his Top 5 favourite works of science fiction by other writers. In this case, they're all by one writer!

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Author Walter Jon Williams joins us in this episode! We talk about his first loves in science fiction, including Heinlein's Have Spacesuit — Will Travel and John Schealer's Zip-Zip Goes to Venus. And Walter tells us about his evolution as a writer: from feeling the compulsion to write at age 3, to getting a rejection letter from the editor of The New Yorker, to writing historical fiction novels, to getting into sf. He also reflects on the nature of his compulsion to write, including finding a balance between the business needs of writing and the compulsion, and eventually watching the compulsion die.

We also talk about the universe of science fiction publishing, and the change from the days of limited selection to today's huge output of stories, and the challenges of maintaining a sense of what the community is talking about. We discuss Walter's time in the spotlight in the 1980s when his cyberpunk novel Hardwired garnered love and hate. And he shares the story of his involvement in the Wild Cards mosaic superhero novels, including his coining of "toaster" as a derogatory term for androids.

And Walter shares some details from his two newest novels, Quillifer the Knight (published in late 2019), and the latest, as-yet-untitled Praxis novel, due later this year.

Our conversation took place in the impromptu studio of bloginhood in the Dublin convention centre last summer at Worldcon 2019.

To learn more about Walter and his novels, visit his website:
www.walterjonwilliams.net

 

 

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