Dec 18, 2019
Author, editor, blogger and activist Cory Doctor joins us for this episode. Cory shares his thoughts on speculative fiction that made an impression on him at an early age, including Doctor Who — and specifically, TV Ontario's presentation of Doctor Who episodes along with introductions by sf legend Judith Merril (who, along with Tanya Huff, would later become one of Cory's mentors) — and Star Wars. He also discusses his ongoing love of the works of Stephen Brust.
We also talk politics, from current affairs in Ontario, to his father's repurposing of Conan stories into "sword and socialism" tales for Cory's daughter. Cory also tells us about how his politics and activism inform his writing. From there, we get into a discussion about his writing process, including his current effort to enhance his ability to revise his work. And we talk about his professional balancing act and how he allocates time to writing, activism, journalism, and other endeavours.
And Cory gives us a look at some of his upcoming stories, including a new Little Brother novel, and a children's picture book called Poesy the Monster Slayer.
Our conversation took place in July, 2019 via a Skype call between Cory's home, and my studio, currently located in an abandoned Ewok treetops play set on the Island of Misfit Toys.
You can read Cory's editorials and find out about his stories and other work on his websites: