Archive for Angry Robot Live
Yesterday was the return of Angry Robot Live!
I was joined by Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner for a discussion of Contemporary Fantasy. We talked about worldbuilding, casting your story, the inherent character of cities, and the ways that current events and issues manifest in Contemporary Fantasy, as well as answering some audience questions.
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us live.
Some of you might be saying, “But Mike! I couldn’t watch last night! I was reading my new favorite Angry Robot book and just couldn’t tear myself away!” or maybe “I’m in Britain, and it was nearly half-two in the morning when you all were gabbing!”
Well, Robo-friend, I’ve got you covered. We’ve archived the video here:
And remember that you can watch all of the past episodes with this handy-dandy playlist.
Stay tuned next month for another installment of Angry Robot Live!
That’s right folks, Angry Robot Live is back!
We’re resuming our series of live webcast panel discussions next week on Wednesday, April 15th at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT.
This time, we’ll be discussing Contemporary Fantasy, urban and otherwise. What kinds of stories can you tell in Contemporary Fantasy? Why is Contemporary Fantasy called Urban Fantasy now, and what is the difference? Where and how does Contemporary Fantasy overlap with Crime? Romance? Horror? How like or unlike the real world does Contemporary Fantasy need to be?
Our guests will be Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner.
Alyc Helms‘s short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and more. Her debut novel, The Dragons of Heaven, arrives June 2nd.
Ferrett Steinmetz is a Nebula-nominated writer, a prolific blogger, and author of Flex, which released on March 3rd, 2015. The sequel, The Flux, is coming October 6th.
Tim Waggoner is the author of over one hundred short stories and numerous novels, including the Nekropolis series. His new series The Shadow Watch, began with Night Terrors and continued with Dream Stalkers, released April 7th.
Join us on Wednesday the 15th for all of this and more. Remember that you can ask your questions live, in the comments for this post, or on Twitter with the hashtag #ARLive.
Attention, Robot Army!
The playlist is also embedded here, for your viewing pleasure. Partake of all of the robotic wisdom and wisecracking from the comfort of your cubicle, cabana, or wireless-enabled mobile artillery platform.
Last night was our fourth Angry Robot Live! We talked about Scope and Scale in Fantasy.
If you missed the live show, you can watch the whole thing here. Please note that you’ll want to turn up the volume for the first 23 or so minutes, as Kameron’s audio was soft until she switched over to a different mic.
Much fun was had by all!
During the panel, Kameron mentioned Universe Sandbox.
And this is me waving goodbye to dozens of writers reading this as they disappear for two weeks.
Paul S. Kemp wasn’t able to make the panel, but he wrote at length via twitter on his thoughts about Scope and Scale. You can read them in a Storify here.
And last, but not least, I’ve included a couple of questions below that we weren’t able to answer during the panel.
From Paul Weimer:
How does individual character creation and development change (or not) in working in different scale sizes in Fantasy?
Do you find maps, glossaries, concordances a necessary evil or a joy to create (and have readers read) in secondary world fantasy?
Do you start or approach a novel idea differently depending on whether its S&S or Epic in its scales/stakes?
Please feel free to continue the conversation here in the comments. Until next time, Stay Angry.
It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!
This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.
The panel includes:
Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her The Mirror Empire drops on August 26th in the US/CAN.
Anna Kashina, author of the Majat Code (Blades of the Old Empire, and The Guild of Assassins, which releases on August 5th in the US and CAN).
Paul S. Kemp, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons novels, and the author of the Tales of Egil and Nix (The Hammer and the Blade, A Discourse in Steel).
James A Moore, author of over twenty novels, nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, and author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands.
The panel will be Tuesday, July 29th, at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT), and should run about an hour.
If you have any questions for our panelists, please feel free to post them here in the comments, tweet them with #ARLive, or join us to ask them yourself!