Salon Futura
Tobias S. Buckell Interview

This is the extended cut of an interview that originally ran on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima radio. Tobias is originally from Grenada but now lives in the USA. The interview explains how he came tomake that move, and how it ties in to one of the themes of his latest novel, Hurricane Fever. Tobias also talks about the inspiration behind his secret agent hero, Prudence Jones, and about how he managed to become a successful author despite a life-long struggle with dyslexia. As usual the interviewer is Cheryl Morgan.

Direct download: Tobias-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:40am PDT

Rhonda Garcia Interview

This is the extended cut of an interview that originally ran on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima radio. Rhonda is a writer from Trinidad, and her debut novel, Lex Talionis, is available from Dragonwell Publishing and the usual retail outlets. The interview covers the book, Rhonda's journey to becoming published, and a little bit about life in Trinidad. As usual the interviewer is Cheryl Morgan.

Direct download: Rhonda_-_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:46am PDT

Kathryn Allan - Accessing the Future

This is an interview with Kathryn Allan, the current recipient of the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship. Cheryl talks to her mainly about the crowdfunded anthology project, Accessing the Future, which she is co-editing with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire. The anthology will focus on themes of disability in science fiction.

Direct download: KathrynAllan-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:32am PDT

Nick Harkaway Interview

This is an interview with Nick Harkaway that original ran on the Ujima Radio Women's Outlook show. It was recorded prior to an event at Mr. B's Emporium of Reading Delights.

Cheryl talks to Nick about his latest novel, Tigerman; about fatherhood, his love for comics, and why writers never grow up.

Direct download: NickHarkaway-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:29am PDT

Leah Moore Interview

This is the extended edition of Cheryl's interview with Leah Moore, exceprts of which were first broadcast on Ujima Radio.

In the interview Leah talks about following in the footsteps of a famous father, about motherhood, and about the Electricomics venture that she has started with (amongst others) her father and her husband, John Reppion, with the support of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

For more information about Electricomics see their website, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund from Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta to support collaboration between arts projects, technology providers and researchers to explore the potential of increasing audience engagement or find new business models. Separate Digital R&D Fund for the Arts are being run in Wales and in Scotland.


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Direct download: LeahMoore-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:44am PDT

Word of Mouth, June 2014 - Part 2

This is the second part of the readings from the June 2014 Word of Mouth event. Joanne Hall reads from a currently unsold novel, The Summer Goddess. Pete Sutton reads a story from a collection he is writing in which each story is inspired by the counting magpies folk song. Scott Lewis reads the rest of the story that he started in Part 1.

Direct download: WoM14-2-final.mp3
Category:BristolCon Fringe -- posted at: 3:28am PDT

Word of Mouth, June 2014 - Part I

Once a year the BristolCon crowd takes over Word of Mouth, a monthly reading series run by Tangent Books and hosted by the Thunderbolt pub. Normally we'd put these readings on the BristolCon Fringe podcast stream, but that has limited capacity and these readings turned out to be quite long, so they are being hosted by Salon Futura instead.

The three readers are Pete Sutton, Joanne Hall and Scott Lewis. Pete's story in this section is a rare (for him) science fiction piece. Jo reads from her latest novel, The Art of Forgetting: Nomad. And Scott reads the first part of a steampunk horror story that will conclude in Part 2.

Direct download: WoM14-1-final.mp3
Category:BristolCon Fringe -- posted at: 3:21am PDT

Åcon 7 - The Karen Lord Interview

This is the Guest of Honor Interview with Karen Lord that took place at Åcon in Mariehamn, Finland in May 2014. The interviewer is Cheryl Morgan.

Karen is the author of the award-winning novels, Redemption in Indigo and The Best of All Possible Worlds.

Tech services at Åcon are provided by Jonas Wissting to whom we are indebted for this recording.

Direct download: Karen_interview_-_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:09am PDT

Åcon 7 - The Post-Colonial SF Panel

This is a podcast of the panel on post-colonial science fiction that took place at Åcon in Mariehamn, Finland in May 2014. The panelists are:

  • Karen Lord
  • Sari Polvinen
  • Juha Tupasela
  • Cheryl Morgan

Karen is an author from Barbados. Sari & Juha both have an academic interest in post-colonial SF. Cheryl is a critic.

Tech services at Åcon are provided by Jonas Wissting to whom we are indebted for this recording.

Direct download: Post-colonial_SF-final.mp3
Category:Convention panels -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

Gareth L. Powell Interview

This is an interview with Gareth L. Powell that I did on Ujima Radio on December 18th, 2013, shortly after the launch of Gareth's novel, Hive Monkey. The first book in that series, Ack-Ack Macaque, has just become joint-winner of the 2014 British Science Fiction Association Award.

The podcast of material from Hive Monkey is available here.

Direct download: Gareth-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:33am PDT

Nalo Hopkinson Interview

This is a podcast of the interview with Nalo Hopkinson broadcast on Ujima Radio's Women's Outlook Show on February 5th. It covers most of Nalo's novels, especially the latest, Sister Mine. We also discuss the state of LGBT rights in the Caribbean.

My apologies for the poor sound quality on my voice during the interview.

Direct download: Nalo_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:33am PDT

Karen Joy Fowler Interview

This interview was originally recorded for a Ujima Radio show to be broadcast on March 19th. However, as Ujima is off air at the moment, I am podcasting it here instead. The interview is mainly about Karen's latest book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which has just launched in the UK. Karen will be at Foyles in Bristol on the evening of the 19th.

Direct download: KJFowler_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:04am PDT

Afrofuturism on Ujima

This is an edit of a show about Afrofuturism that I did in November 2013. The studio guest is Tade Thompson and there are pre-recorded interviews with Bill Campbell, Tobias Buckell and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, which were done at World Fantasy. For copyright reasons the music that I played during the show cannot be included in this podcast.


Direct download: Ujima_-_AfroFuturism_-_salon.mp3
Category:Talking Books -- posted at: 5:05am PDT