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Episodes 21-30

Ep. 21 "Jed, Pt. 2: “Strange Horizons Origin Story, and Other Adventures"

On his second appearance on the show, Jed Hartman discusses the origins of Strange Horizons with Mary Anne and Ben, and the difficulties they encountered with establishing its reputation and bringing a diversity of voices to the field.

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Recorded 13 September 2020 / Published 30 August 2021

Ep. 22 "Dark Nights of the Soul"

In this vulnerable episode, Mary Anne and Ben share some of their biggest failures in their writing careers. The discussion also encompasses what it’s like to deal with imposter syndrome, while also bearing the weight of creative ambition. 

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Recorded 9 August 2020 / Published 13 September 2021

Ep. 22.5 "The Orange"

A live reading of Benjamin Rosenbaum’s short story “The Orange” by John Cameron Mitchell. Originally aired on the Selected Shorts Podcast in the episode “Improbable Dreams.”

Link to Selected Shorts site: https://www.symphonyspace.org/selected-shorts/episodes

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Published 16 September 2021

Ep. 23 "Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, and Sheree Renee Thomas"

Mary Anne interviews Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, and Sheree Renee Thomas about how the genre has evolved during their careers and how we can raise awareness of Black writers and their work. The four also discuss the dangers of self-selection and the importance of writing in community.

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Recorded 2019 / Published 20 September 2021

Ep. 24 "The Agent Hunt: She Wanted It All"

In this episode, Mary Anne brings on Ben to discuss agents. Both recount their experiences finding and working with agents, their importance to the field, proper etiquette in finding and speaking with them, and how Mary Anne should navigate her wide array of genre projects with an agent.

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Recorded 1 August 2021 / Published 28 September 2021

Ep. 25 "Kate Elliott on Map Making"

Mary Anne speaks with Kate Elliott about map making. What is the significance of having an internal map when world building? What are cultural icebergs and how can writers think about them? What types of things should be researched when building a believable world?

To download the audio version of the interview, click here. For the transcript, click here.

Recorded 2019 / Published 4 October 2021

Ep. 26 "The Good, the Bad, and the Chocolate Cake with Jed Hartman"

Is there such a thing as good and bad writing? What place does absolutism and relativism have in the critique of writing quality? Or is it all just about reader pleasure? These are the questions that have been brought up time and time again over the years in heated debates between Mary Anne, Ben, and Jed. This time, they are bringing it to the podcast. 

Content note: mention of calorie counting.

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Recorded 21 September 2020 / Published 11 October 2021

Ep. 27 "Game Design with Avery Alder"

Coming onto the show is Avery Alder, a game designer bringing a queer perspective to roleplaying games. Mary Anne and Ben talk with Avery about her various projects, the interesting aspects of narrative scaffolding and restraint offered by RPGs, and the genesis of Ben and Avery’s collaboration on “Dream Askew” and “Dream Apart”, two games of Belonging Outside Belonging.

To find out more about Avery and her games, you can visit https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/

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Recorded 9 February 2021 / Published 18 October 2021

Ep. 28 "Creative Community with Scott Woods"

In a bustling café, Mary Anne sits down with writer, poet, and community organizer Scott Woods to talk about the importance of creative space and culture in a community. They also touch on Woods’ Streetlight Guild space in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the importance of persistence in aiming for success.

For the learning module we created for this interview at the SLF, click here.

For the transcript of this interview click here.

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Recorded November 2019 / Published 1 November 2021

Ep. 29 "Tentifying with Jed Hartman"

Jed Hartman joins Mary Anne and Ben again to talk editing. From acquisitions to developmental, they discuss the many complex levels of editing as well as the editorial cultures that can arise in a workplace. Also important to the conversation is how they engage with dialectic decisions, especially when it comes to swearing, and whether or not you should hire an editor.

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Recorded 11 October 2020 / Published 10 November 2021

Ep. 30 "The Portolan Project: Charting the Way for Writers"

Portolan charts were maps used by sailors long ago to navigate the seas of the world, and to find harbor. Similarly, the Speculative Literature Foundation wants to chart the way for writers with Mary Anne’s newest endeavor and baby, the Portolan Project. Mary Anne talks with Ben and show producer Darius about the ins and outs of the project, as well as its future goals and concerns. 

We are running a Kickstarter right now to help fund the project, which you can find here at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mohanraj/the-slfs-portolan-writing-project-phase-1

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Recorded 14 November 2021 / Published 16 November 2021