Well, sort of. I’ve been getting a surprising number of emails asking for new podcasts. This semester was a killer, and no one else on the team wants to spearhead the effort. I hope to do some more before all hades breaks loose next academic year.
But for now, I should note that my series over at New Books in Science Fiction & Fantasy has reemerged from its own hiatus — and with a cross-over podcast! In it, I interview USC’s Patrick James about his and Abigail E. Ruane‘s book, The International Relations of Middle-Earth: Learning from the Lord of the Rings.
I completely forgot to flog this at the Duck. I’m sure that disappointed, oh, about zero people. Nonetheless, I persevere. From the write up:
I first learned about Felix Gilman‘s work from the influential academic blog Crooked Timber. I proceeded to read Thunderer, Gears of the City, and Half-Made World and found myself impressed by Gilman’s distinctive settings, themes, and voice. It should surprise no one, in my view, that Thunderer received a nomination for the 2009 Locus Award for Best First Novel and that it also garnered Gilman a nomination for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award in both 2009 and 2010.
If you haven’t read his novels, they are designed to appeal to social scientists of the sort that form the core of the Duck’s readership. Continue reading