Podcast Episode 31: Genre Hollywood Stories

Hollywood tour guide Stephen Schochet shares anecdotes from his new book, Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! Listen in as he tells us about some behind-the-scenes antics and fun stories of Marlene Dietrich, Jim Carrey, Marlon Brando, Kirk Alyn, William Shatner, Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Boris […]

Podcast Episode 30: Exploring Options in Science Fiction with Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning science fiction author, chats with The Genre Traveler about his new series of science fiction thrillers focused on a self-aware Internet. In addition, we chat about common themes in artificial intelligence stories, how the history of the World Wide Web has diverged from the early dystopic literary visions of cyberpunk, what […]

Podcast Episode 29: Jeremy/Angela — Who Is S/He?

This week I chat with Jeremy Zimmerman a former game writer and current short story writer. We chat about writing for interactive role playing games, the politics of a hell mouth, The Wily Writers, gender biases for authors, writing under a pseudonym, writing under the guise of another gender, so many books … not enough […]

Podcast Episode 28: Alternate Alaska

The Genre Traveler chats with Lauri Owen about her Embers series of novels set in an alternate Alaska where decadent mages rule and shape-shifters, indigenous to the land, are their slaves. Topics we touch on include the rural nature of Alaska, the nature of villains, good vs. bad in a cultural context and the advantages […]

Podcast Episode 27: Vampires and Technoculture

What happens when you write a novel that isn’t purely cyberpunk science fiction but also isn’t purely vampire horror? According to this week’s guest Gabrielle Faust, you end up in the dark fantasy or urban fantasy section. Gabrielle is the author of the post-apocalyptic, techno-horror vampire series Eternal Vigilance, as well as an illustrator and […]

Podcast Episode 26: Mythological Tales

The Genre Traveler (Carma Spence) chats with author Sherry Ficklin about her teen fantasy series, The Gods of Fate. The first book, Foresight, is available now, and the second, Secondsight, will be released in September. During our conversation, we discuss Greek mythology, in particular Pandora, Lilith from Jewish mythology, the nature of good villains, key […]

Podcast Episode 25: Vampires, Shakespeare and The Holy Grail, Oh My!

What if Tom Stoppard was a horror writer? Then Rosencrantz and Guildenstern might have been undead … instead of just dead. In this week’s podcast, The Genre Traveler chats with Jordan Galland, the filmmaker behind the indie comedy horror film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. During the conversation, we chat about how The Holy Grail […]

Podcast Episode 24: Humor and Science Fiction

What if we could keep up with the news in alternate realities? Well, this week The Genre Traveler chats with Ira Nayman, creator of the Alternate Reality New Service, which does just that! In addition to getting the low down on the “news service,” we chat about Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, humorous science fiction, […]

Podcast Episode 23: Zombie Drugs

This week, Beau Nelson and Alex Ballar, the filmmakers behind the indie comedy horror movie Zombie Drugs, join The Genre Traveler to chat about the film and its commentary on drug culture. The conversation also touches upon using zombies as a metaphor, working with zombies on set (they’re tough), zombies vs. vampires, the potential for […]

Podcast Episode 22: Go Thunderbirds!

Host Carma Spence chats with Thunderbirds novelist Joan Marie Verba about how she became a fiction writer and got involved in the series of media tie-in novels based on the 1960s British marionette TV show, Thunderbirds. The conversation also touches on her first book, which covered the discoveries made by Voyager, her first novel, Autumn […]