Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction

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I just stumbled across a very nice resource – Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is a television show based in Arlington, VA. They have interviewed a number of science fiction authors, and they have archives going back to 2003 so you can listen to (or watch – each interview is available in MP3 audio format or compressed video format) at your leisure.

The following interviews are currently available: Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, Patricia Wrede, Elizabeth Massie, Laura Anne Gilman, Susanna Clarke, Jasper Fforde, China Miéville, Cortney Skinner, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Tamora Pierce, Nalo Hopkinson, Jack Williamson, Terry Pratchett, Karl Kofoed, Margaret Weis, Laurell K. Hamilton, Garth Nix, Roger MacBride Allen, Donna Andrews, Catherine Asaro, Robert Jordan, Will Ludwigsen, and Mindy Klasky.

Click here for their archives!

Some very cool news from CBC Radio One: BETWEEN T…

Some very cool news from CBC Radio One:

Weekday afternoons at 2:30 on The Roundup
And weeknights at 10:40 on CBC Radio One

May 16-27 SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, curated by Nalo Hopkinson
A master in the world of “what if”, Nalo Hopkinson is one of Canada’s bright young stars in speculative fiction . For the next 2 weeks she takes us on a tour of the genre, presenting work by both well known and emerging Canadian talent. Between The Covers celebrates this work with a special presentation in words, sound and music.

Mon. May 16
Edward Willett “Strange Harvest”
Terence M. Green “Room 1786”

Tues. May 17
Candas Jane Dorsey “Mom and Mother Theresa”
Marcie Tentchoff “Quite Contrary”

Wed. May 18th:
Larissa Lai “The Combing”
Penn Kemp “Then There Were Foxes”

Thurs. May 19th:
Wilma Kenny “The Wedding”
Sandra Kasturi “Carnaval Perpetuel”

Fri. May 20th:
Nalo Hopkinson “Precious”
Dora Knez “If I Had Wings”

Mon. May 23rd:
Ven Begamudre “In the Beginning There Was Memory”
Phyllis Gotlieb “was/man”

Tues. May 24th:
Yves Meynard “Souvenirs”
Pam MacLean “Dream Diner”

Wed. May 25th:
Dan Rubin “The Singing”
Rhea Rose-Fleming “Mermaid”

Thurs. May 26th:
Nega Mezlekia “Devil in the Wilderness”
Wade Bell “Picture, War”

Fri. May 27th:
Ashok Mathur “Once Upon an Elephant”
Nancy Kilpatrick “Sweet”

Produced in Toronto by Joe Mahoney, Rosie Fernandez, Linda Grearson, Wayne Richardson, Tracy Rideout and Greg DeClute

Its a good news bad news kind of week, but there’s…

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Its a good news bad news kind of week, but there’s more good news today. CBC Radio One will be featuring two weeks of short speculative fiction in Spring 2005 on the program called BETWEEN THE COVERS, the series will include fiction by Ashok Mathur, Dan Rubin, Larissa Lai, Wilma Kenny and others! Nalo Hopkinson will be the presenter and one of her stories will be on the roster! The only title that we’re sure is going to be read is “Strange Harvest” by Edward Willett.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Science Fiction Audiobooks - Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo HopkinsonBrown Girl In The Ring
By Nalo Hopkinson; Read by Peter Jay Fernandez
6 Cassettes – 8 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published: 2001
ISBN: 0788752286
Themes: / Fantasy / Science Fiction / Dystopia / Organ harvesting / Canada / Caribbean / Voodoo /

To uncover the future voices of science fiction, Time Warner Publishing sponsored a contest that attracted hundreds of submissions. Brown Girl In The Ring was the winning entry, announcing author Nalo Hopkinson to the world as a tremendous new talent. Brown Girl In The Ring is set in a future Toronto. An economic breakdown and a rising crime rate means the middle and upper classes have left and only the underclass remains there – a significant portion of which is of Carribean descent. Toronto’s citizens have been walled away from the rest of Canada, but now the upper classes need something from the untouchables within Toronto city limits – they need their orphans. If you think of the New York in the movie “Escape From New York”, move it a few miles North and East, you’ll get an idea of the general setting. This is a “what would the world be like if…” story, which makes it sort of SF, but there is also magic or more properly magics (both good and bad) that influence the character’s lives, and deaths too, and this is certainly not plausible in my buttoned down scientist’s hat worldview (scientists do wear hats right?). Which tends to make me think it must be fantasy, kind of like Star Wars with its “force” must be fantasy.

I think I’ve thought of a term to describe it too, you’ve heard of Cyberpunk and Steampunk right? Well maybe Brown Girl In The Ring is Voodoopunk? I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this audiobook, it has a vocabulary and an outlook I’d never experienced in a novel before. But on the other hand it did have some things that I recognized. It has a story – a very strong story – that was told as if the author had told dozens like it before and she guided me through it with a sure hand. What’s even better is it has a strong finish. I was worried I wasn’t going to be satisfied with where the story was going, I was happily surprised. Nalo Hopkinson knew what she was doing. I didnt anticipate the dénouement, but it makes sense and is very satisfying even though it is subtle. Maybe it makes it even more satisfying because it is subtle.

As for the production, it’s a Recorded Books audiobook so of course every word of the novel’s text is present. A very good thing too! It would have been a mistake to abridge a story as complex as this one. The cover art is perfect, I think it even surpasses the original paperback artwork!

Not being from the Caribbean myself I thought Peter Jay Fernandez did a great job with the accents and voices. I have been informed however that Fernadez is definitely mis-reading some of the phrases, so badly in some cases that he accidently changes their meaning. It didn’t detract from the experience for me, but if you are at all familiar with Carribean pronounciation and accents it may make it somewhat distracting.

CBC Radio: Faster Than Light

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Just found on the CBC’s website:

Merchandise – Radio Drama on CD
Faster Than Light: Tales of Time and Imagination CD
Hosted by Robert Sawyer
Produced by Barbara Worthy and Joe Mahoney

Faster Than Light is a new science fiction magazine show and included in this evening’s lineup are two short plays by Joe Mahoney. The Cold Equations is a dramatization by Mahoney of a Tom Godwin story in which a space shuttle pilot discovers a young stowaway on board his ship. Her presence may doom his mission and he is forced to choose between its success and the young girl.

Captain’s Away is an original drama and, in this first episode, we meet Karin Kudelka – who is either an alien captain on an interstellar starship – or one of the best darn waitresses around.

Faster Than Light also includes an interview with author Nalo Hopkinson, as well as some original commentary by the evening’s host, Robert Sawyer, a well-known science fiction author.

Posted by Jesse Willis