Episode 007 – Matthew Kressel

Artwork to “The Last Novelist” by Scott Bakal

At last! The 7th episode of the podcast is upon us and this time Devin and Rajan sit down with Nebula-award finalist, Matthew Kressel to talk writing, Blade Runner (a constant with Matt), television, beer, and more.

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Matthew Kressel is a speculative fiction writer whose short story “The Last Novelist” is a 2017 Nebula Award finalist. His short story “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” was a 2014 Nebula Award finalist, and his short story “The Sounds of Old Earth” was a 2013 Nebula Award finalist.

His many short stories have appeared in such publications as Lightspeed, Nightmare, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Analog, io9.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March HaresCyber World, After,The People of the Book, and lots of other places.

His novel, King of Shards, was hailed as “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness,” from NPR Books.

Every third Wednesday, he co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the famous KGB Bar alongside veteran speculative-fiction editor Ellen Datlow.

DRINK(s) OF CHOICE

Barking Irons Applejack

Westbrook 7th Anniversary Chocolate and Sea Salt Imperial Stout

Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction (Imperial Stout)

iTUNES LINK – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-007-matthew-kressel/id1316587908?i=1000411706365&mt=2

Episode 006 – David Mack

It’s Groundhog Day and what better way to celebrate than listening to Episode 006 of the Spirited Discourse podcast again and again and again…

On this episode, Devin and Rajan sit down with David Mack, author of The Midnight Front, to talk about the book and Black Magick and writing and Star Trek.

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David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City. His website is http://www.davidmack.pro

DRINK OF CHOICE

James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in Sherry Casks

Episode 005 – Ellen Datlow

What’s this? An unscheduled podcast a week before the next one? Yes! That’s exactly what it is!

Devin and I had the pleasure of sitting down with esteemed editor Ellen Datlow to talk about editing and anthologies and scotch and horror and doll heads.

Please keep in mind that New York at the time resembled the ice planet of Hoth, which is the cause of any sniffles or coughs you might hear. We also recorded this at Ellen’s apartment in Manhattan and so there is some street noise (and bonus cat noise) present.

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Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than a hundred science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters, Fearful Symmetries, The Doll Collection,, The Monstrous, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern HorrorBlack Feathers,  Haunted Nights (with Lisa Morton), and Mad Hatters and March Hares (stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There). Forthcoming are The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, and The Best of the Best (covering the first Ten volumes of the Best Horror of the Year series).

She’s won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre,” was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar. More information can be found at http://www.datlow.com, on Facebook, and on twitter as @EllenDatlow.

DRINK OF CHOICE

Single Malt Scotch: Lagavulin Distillers Edition & Ardbeg Kelpie

Episode 004 – The Last Jedi Pt. 2

I’m a little late in getting the word out, but our discussion of The Last Jedi was so spirited (no pun intended) and went so long that we split it into two parts. The 2nd and final part is now online and available for your listening pleasure. iTunes has it, or you can listen via Soundcloud (also embedded below).

Episode 004, like our last episode, features Rachel Parker and Joey Ammons.

GUESTS

Rachel Parker is a co-founder of GeekGirlBrunch (@geekgirlbrunch) an international meet-up group for geeky women. She is a member of the NYC-based ASOIAF fan group @FireandLunch and you can hear her talk about Thrones on the @FireandLunch #Piecast. Her current passion-project is Read This F*cking Book (@rtfbpodcast) –  trading genre book recs with co-host and guests in the never-ending quest for her next favorite book. You can find her mostly talking about Star Wars @DarthRachel.

Joey Ammons is a concept artist at Macy’s Parade Studio. His Instagram is @powerkid.exe.

DRINK OF CHOICE

Light (side) and Dark (side) beers:

Light — Other Half Space Diamonds IPA

Dark — Other Half We’ve Been Out There in Orbit Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged w/ Coffee & Coconut)

Episode 003 – The Last Jedi Pt. 1

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Christmas and Hanukkah may be over, but in the spirit of the holidays, we’re releasing Episode 003 of the podcast soon after our last one went up. In this episode Devin and I discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi with special guests Rachel Parker and Joey Ammons. We are all huge Star Wars fans and had a lot to say about the film, recording over 2 hours of audio (some of which will be edited out), so this will be another 2-parter, but the good news is that the 2nd part will be up very shortly.

GUESTS

Rachel Parker is a co-founder of GeekGirlBrunch (@geekgirlbrunch) an international meet-up group for geeky women. She is a member of the NYC-based ASOIAF fan group @FireandLunch and you can hear her talk about Thrones on the @FireandLunch #Piecast. Her current passion-project is Read This F*cking Book (@rtfbpodcast) –  trading genre book recs with co-host and guests in the never-ending quest for her next favorite book. You can find her mostly talking about Star Wars @DarthRachel.

Joey Ammons is a concept artist at Macy’s Parade Studio. His Instagram is @powerkid.exe.

DRINK OF CHOICE

Light (side) and Dark (side) beers:

Light — Other Half Space Diamonds IPA

Dark — We’ve Been Out There in Orbit Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged w/ Coffee & Coconut)

Apologies

Hi, everyone. This is Rajan here, one of the hosts of the podcast. I just wanted to apologize for the delay between episodes 1 and 2 of the podcast. Around the time of the recording of the first episode, I was laid off from my day job, and then a little bit later started a new job and immediately had to travel for work so it threw a wrench in my plans.

The good news is that things are now settling down and the next episode is about to go up and the one after that will arrive soon after. Starting with episode 5 we should settle back into a stable twice a month schedule.

Devin and I are also working on lining up some really great guests for 2018 so stay tuned to this space or our twitter (@spiriteddis) for more information.

Episode 002 – Grady Hendrix Pt. 2

Episode 002, part two of our talk with Grady Hendrix, is now up and available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and right here on our website.

In part 002 of our talk with Grady, we touch on Asian film, the lack of American epics, Civil War and Vietnam films, and the lack of American myths. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Drink of choice: Rum and Tonic (chosen by Grady)