← Episodes 21-30

Episodes 31-38

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

To download the edited audio version of the episode click here.

Recorded 14 November 2021 / Published 16 November 2021

Ep. 31 "An Interview with Vida Cruz"

Mary Anne interviews Filipino writer Vida Cruz about her experience going to cons, winning the Tiptree (now known as Otherwise) award, and the sci-fi and fantasy community in the Philippines.

For the transcript of the interview click here.

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Recorded 2019 / Published 23 November 2021

Ep. 32 "What Is Your Jam?"

How does a writer choose a theme to write about? Is it a conscious project, or more of a thing that comes to a writer through time and experience? This is the central question Mary Anne and Ben try to answer in this episode, using their own experiences, as well as the writing exercises, practices, and advice that have been helpful to them.

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Recorded 19 July 2020 / Published 7 December 2021

Ep. 33 "Epic Fantasy With George R. R. Martin"

Mary Anne interviews George R. R. Martin about the writing of epic fantasy. How does one balance realism with fantastical elements? How did Martin approach the creation of the world of Westeros in Game of Thrones? What’s the difference between the two kinds of writers Martin refers to as “architects” and “gardeners?”

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Interview recorded in 2019 for the SLF’s Portolan Project / Published on December 14, 2021.

Ep. 34 "Revisions and Workshopping with Jed Hartman, Pt. 1"

In the first part of a long discussion about the revision and workshop process, Mary Anne and Ben invite Jed Hartman on the show again to explore questions of inspiration, maturity, resilience, and voice when it comes to writing.

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Recorded October 25, 2020 / Published January 17, 2022

Ep. 35 "Narrating With Fred Berman"

Mary Anne and Ben invite actor, producer, and podcast host Fred Berman to discuss another part of his career in particular: audiobook narration. Starting with Fred’s experience of reading Ben’s new book, The Unraveling, the trio discuss the intricacies of audiobook narration, the voicing of characters outside our experience and background, and the financial aspects of being an audiobook narrator. 

If you’re interested in purchasing Ben’s audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Unraveling-Audiobook/B09NZLMRYM

Check out Fred’s podcast: https://www.fredberman.net/opening-weekend-podcast

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Recorded January 12, 2022 / Published January 25, 2022

Ep. 35.5 "Fred Berman Reads The Unraveling"

Fred Berman reads a five minute sample from Ben’s book, The Unraveling. 

If you’re interested in purchasing Ben’s audiobook, read by Fred Berman: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Unraveling-Audiobook/B09NZLMRYM

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Published January 27, 2022

Ep. 36 "Revisions and Workshopping with Jed Hartman, Pt. 2"

In this follow up to episode 34, Mary Anne, Ben, and Jed continue their discussion about revising and workshopping, while giving advice on how to manage critique of your work, both good and bad.

SLF Co-Writing details: https://speculativeliterature.org/saturday-co-writing-sessions/

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Recorded October 25, 2020 / Published January 31, 2022

Ep. 37 "Our Season 1 Reading Guide"

As we draw close to the end of season 1 of MRAH, producer Darius figured it would be a good idea for Mary Anne and Ben reflect on some of their most influential writers and books, particularly the ones that have been mentioned a lot on the show. From the authors they adore, to writers couched in controversy, Mary Anne and Ben consider their importance to the podcast , the field, and their own writing.

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Recorded November 13, 2021 / Published February 7, 2022

Ep. 38 "Escape From Turkey City"

Mary Anne, Ben, and Jed open the episode with a discussion on writing workshops. They explore the kinds of people and critique you can find within them, as well as the hierarchies that can form between student and teacher, between the unexperienced and experienced writer. In the second half of the episode the trio react to some of the writing terms and axioms found in Bruce Stirling’s “Turkey City Lexicon.”

Link to Turkey City Lexicon: https://www.sfwa.org/2009/06/18/turkey-city-lexicon-a-primer-for-sf-workshops/

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Recorded December 6, 2020 / Published February 21, 2022