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Invaders From Planet 3

Invaders From Planet 3 is a bi-weekly podcast where we talk about science fiction, fantasy, and all points in between. Each episode we'll interview authors, editors, and others about the books, short stories, movies, TV shows, radio plays, and comics that made them fall in love with speculative fiction. From there, the conversations can go anywhere! Join us for the invasion!
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A bi-weekly podcast where we talk with authors and others about science fiction, fantasy, and all points in between.

 

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May 7, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 9 - Minister Faust

In this episode, we're joined by author, podcaster, and video game dialogue & plot writer Minister Faust. Minister tells us how his love of speculative fiction started with the original Star Trek series and Robert A. Heinlein's Red Planet. We also talk about Frank Herbert's Dune as one of his early influences, along with the merits and faults of the various incarnations of Dune over the years.

Also of particular interest are Minister's reflections on the significant role his mother played in his early development as a reader and a writer. How she introduced him to science fiction — and literature in general — and allowed him to read anything in the house. How she gave him a sense of the importance of having someone to talk about stories with. And how she fostered his enthusiasm for the wonder of the universe.

We'll talk about his books and how they struggle with the question of redemption and the humanity of both heroes and villains. On the subject of heroes, we'll discuss superheroes and comics, and how his novel Shrinking the Heroes (formerly known as From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain) uses the tropes of this sub-genre to grapple with the dangers of both poorly practiced psychology and the US government under the George W. Bush administration.

As we talk about superhero movies like Mystery Men and TV shows like Breaking Bad (which he contends is actually science fiction), Minister will share his thoughts on what he wants out of novels, comics, and other forms of entertainment. Our conversation will branch out into an exploration of the nature of communication and perception. And we circle back to the topic of heroes with a discussion on Canada's difficulty with heroes and mythology, nationalism versus regionalism, and the effects of our history.

Our interview took place in October 2015 via a Skype connection between Minister's headquarters at the Grand Lodge of Imhotep in Edmonton, and my location in the lair of bloginhood, located aboard a refurbished airship moored to the peak of Mt. Garibaldi.

Find out more about Minister Faust and his works at:

ministerfaust.com

 

 

Apr 23, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 8 - Kit Reed

In this episode, we're joined by author Kit Reed, who tells us how the Oz books — the ones penned by Ruth Plumly Thompson, rather than the originals by L. Frank Baum — were her gateway to speculative fiction. She'll talk about other early influences, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, and John Collier, and how her reading continues to range across a wide variety of genre and non-genre authors and subjects.

We'll hear how being the child of a navy officer who moved around a lot meant having to adapt to new communities and situations, teaching her to observe group behaviour and in turn contributing to some of the themes in her stories. Kit then discusses how her career as a journalist also helped shape her approach to writing fiction.

And we'll talk about her love of comics, from early favourites like Superman and Batman, to more recent fare, including Preacher and Snow Piercer. She'll also tell us why — apart from her childhood creation of Harbour the Bunny — she hasn't taken a crack at writing comics herself.

Our interview took place in October 2015 via a Skype connection between Kit's home in Connecticut and my studio in the lair of bloginhood, located deep beneath the Niagara Escarpment.

Find out more about Kit and her works at:

kitreed.net

 

 

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Apr 9, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 7 - Joe Haldeman

In this episode, we'll chat with author Joe Haldeman. We're also joined by Joe's wife, Gay — and the resident murder of crows at the hotel hosting the convention.

Joe shares some of his early sf favourites with us, including Lester del Rey's Rocket Jockey, Robert A Heinlein's Red Planet, and the TV series Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. He talks about meeting some of the science fiction authors that influenced him during his youth. And he'll tell us about his enjoyment of the Year's Best anthology series at this stage in his life.

Joe also muses about the way the world and the ability of people to access information and entertainment has changed over the years, and how one's personality and experiences affect one's tastes. He tells us about how his letters home from Vietnam formed the basis of his first novel. And he talks about being a writer, and how science fiction authors differ from their mainstream counterparts.

At various points in our conversation, we talk about gatekeepers — people who have played an important role in introducing him to science fiction, and his own part in fostering someone else's appreciation of the genre.

Our interview took place in October 2015 at VCon — the Vancouver Science Fiction, Fantasy and Games Convention (in the hotel's courtyard, which accounts for the crows adding their two cents to the conversation).

Find out more about Joe and his works at:

joehaldeman.com

 

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Mar 26, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 6 - Kristi Charish

In this episode, we're joined by author, podcaster and scientist Kristi Charish, who tells us about how important the Indiana Jones movies were to her as a young fan — especially The Temple of Doom — and why they still resonate so powerfully in pop culture and sf. She'll talk about reading Heinlein and Asimov, and some of her favourite Marvel Comics series over the years, including Excalibur and Ultimate Avengers. She'll also tell us about her love of video games, especially Dragon Age, Uncharted and Mass Effect, and how they influenced her writing.

Kristi shares the story of her roundabout path from being a kid who wanted to be Short Round, to becoming an archaeology student who switched to genetics, to branching into a career as a writer. She'll talk about how that background in science is as important to her writing as her enjoyment of speculative fiction has been. She'll explore the nature of urban fantasy. And we'll discuss how hard science underlies her urban fantasy stories, and how she works to ensure that doesn't interrupt the storytelling.

Our interview took place in October 2015 at VCon — the Vancouver Science Fiction, Fantasy and Games Convention (in a lounge along a main thoroughfare, which is why you'll hear the comings and goings of conventioneers in the background).

Find out more about Kristi and her works at:

kristicharish.com

 

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Mar 12, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 5 - Melinda Snodgrass

Author and editor Melinda Snodgrass joins us in this episode, telling us how she began her journey into speculative fiction with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. She'll talk about how Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom books, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Heinlein's juveniles were important to her as a smart kid who wanted adventure and escapism, why she's still fond of them as an adult, and the influence the stories of her youth have had on her own writing. Melinda will share her thoughts on what it's like to read the works of friends versus books written by people she doesn't know. She'll talk about some of the business aspects of writing, such as the cross-pollination that takes place between different types of media. And she has some words of wisdom for older fans about the next generation of science fiction and fantasy lovers who have come to the genre by different paths.

Our interview took place in August 2015 at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington (in a lounge area near a hallway in the convention centre, which is why you'll hear some background noise).

Find out more about Melinda and her works at:

melindasnodgrass.com

 

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Feb 27, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 4 - Robert J Sawyer

In this episode, author & editor Robert J. Sawyer tells us about getting an early start in adult-level science fiction reading books by David Gerrold and Isaac Asimov. He'll talk about why the original Star Trek was such a great TV series, and share his opinions about how science fiction has evolved and sometimes taken steps backward over the years. We'll also chat with Rob about how well old sf novels hold up, specifically some of the works of Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Reflecting on his own writing, Rob will tell us about what he learned from interviewing some of the giants in the field back in the 1980s, how he's tried to synthesize the approaches of Larry Niven and Mike Resnick, and  his reputation for being an optimist. He'll also give us some hints about what to expect from his newest novel, Quantum Night.

Our interview took place in August 2015 at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington.

Find out more about Rob and his works at:

sfwriter.com

 

Feb 12, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 3 - Alex Renwick

In this episode, we'll talk with author and editor Alex Renwick (a.k.a. Camille Alexa) about how Watership Down, Childhood's End, and A Canticle for Leibowitz switched her on to literature and speculative fiction when she was a child. She'll tell us about her love for the TV shows The Bionic Woman and Ark II, and how she later discovered the Regency romance novels of Georgette Heyer. Along the way, we'll find out about how a long train ride played a key role in her transformation into a writer, and Alex will talk about creating short fiction versus novels.

Our interview took place in May 2015 in the lair of bloginhood, located in a sub-aquatic citadel on the floor of the Bay of Fundy.

Find out more about Alex and her latest works at:

alexcrenwick.com

 

Feb 12, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 2 - Claude Lalumiere

In this episode, author and editor Claude Lalumiere talks about his love of the TV show Ultraman and comics like The Avengers during his formative years. We'll also hear about the importance of Interzone magazine, and the influence of Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, and others on his development as a writer. He shares his thoughts on the two stages of his writing career, what it's like to look back at his older stories, and the state of speculative fiction today.

Our interview took place in May 2015 in the lair of bloginhood, located in a habitat module on an asteroid in the Oort cloud.

Find out more about Claude and his latest stories and anthologies at:

claudepages.info

 

Feb 12, 2016
Invaders From Planet 3 - episode 1 - Let the Invasion Begin

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Invaders From Planet 3, a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction, fantasy, and all points in between.

In this episode, you'll get a quick overview of what we'll be talking about with our guests, and why the name Invaders From Planet 3 was chosen.

I look forward to hearing from you on this page, on bloginhood.com (the staging point for the invasion), or on my Twitter feed: @bloginhood.

 

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