Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adventures in SciFi Publishing -- Best Fancast Hugo Nominee

This is the first of the Hugo-nominated fancasts that I've listened to. Briefly -- it's good.

Longer version: Adventures in SciFi Publishing features long-form interviews with figures of interest in science fiction and fantasy publishing. Shaun Farrell is a lively and interesting interviewer. In the sample included in the Hugo packet, he interviews Jennifer Marie Brissett, author of Elysium, her first novel. Farrell doesn't sound like a polished, professional broadcast interviewer; on the contrary. He didn't fake-read the book; he asked intelligent and insightful questions that got at the distinctive features of the book, while carefully avoiding spoilers. He also drew out Brissett on the writing process, why she took certain approaches, and her experience running a bookstore that she started at what turned out to be the start of the Great Recession.

Farrell sounded like he really enjoyed the book, and he made me want to read it. This book that I missed entirely last year is now on my TBR list.

Finding new things--both this fancast, and this particular book--is one of the benefits of paying more active attention to the Hugos again.