Friday, May 11, 2007

It's a Small World After All & the Future of Short Fiction

The wonderful Small World Podcast, which features "interviews with people from all walks of life from all over the planet," has just uploaded an interview with yours truly. We cover a host of subjects, including:
  • how Pyr began and how Pyr is different from other science fiction/fantasy imprints;
  • Pyr books like Keeping It Real, Crossover, Brasil, and Fast Forward 1
  • publishers that have a following;
  • where the name Pyr came from;
  • the artwork that appears on the covers of Pyr books;
  • the emerging themes in science fiction in the 21st century;
  • how the SciFi channel almost missed the boat with Doctor Who;
  • the escapsim/literature debate;
  • and the subversive nature of science fiction, including how Star Trek addressed racism
You can follow the link above or download an mp3 directly here. I promise I tried to keep this one work safe, but apparently I failed once again.

Also recommended, their previous podcast with the band The Good Listeners, which turned me on to a new band.

Meanwhile, Ryun Patterson has just posted his thoughts on my own Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge over on Bookgasm:

“…so good that I suggest Pyr wait a year and republish it with the title BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF 2007. This is an important book that can move science fiction one step closer to the “literature” shelf, if it so desires…Anders has coaxed such incredible goodness out of these writers that if you only read one or two stories a month, it’s better than a year’s subscription to most of the genre magazines out there...With a deep bench of talent and a perfectly paced setlist, Lou Anders has made made a book that truly represents its own theme. Fast Forward has the potential to be the future of short-form science fiction.”

9 comments:

Christian Berntsen said...

Hi Lou,

I just listened to the podcast and was very impressed, not to mention inspired. I believe Bright of the Sky has just made my "to acquire and devour" list.

Lou Anders said...

Hi Christian,
Thank you very much. I always prefer hearing "you sold a book" to "you sound like an ass." Very glad you think I came off well. Please let me know what you think when you read Kay's genius!

Paul Cornell said...

I don't think it's you, for once, who made it not safe for work. One of the tracks at the end is sweary. So well done!

Lou Anders said...

I am relieved. It was quite a strain not to be!

Tim Akers said...

I have to admit that it's a real mental struggle for me to say "Pire" in my head, sort of like how my dad keeps calling my dog Phaedra, when her name is Phaedrus. Theologians and their sons...

Lou Anders said...

Ah, but Tim, that's the beauty of your head. You can say it anyway you want!

dave hutchinson said...

Well, I guess that clears up one thing: for the past several years I've been mispronouncing the title of Live Without A Net...

Lou Anders said...

I am amazed by all the people that do. It's a double entendre, alluding to the old circus barker's cry "Ladies and gentleman, direct your attention to the center ring, performing live, without a net..." You know, for high wire acts.

dave hutchinson said...

Yeah, I get that now, and that sound you heard the other night was me repeatedly slapping my forehead for not getting it right away. The embarrassment...