Salon Futura (Interview)


Dr. Maria Gerolemou is a Classicist based at the University of Exeter. One of her interests is in ancient automota. Here she talskto Cheryl about their joint fascination with the early origins of robots.


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Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:43pm PDT

WiFi SciFi

Cheryl talks to Anne Corlett and Kevlin Henney about the new, online convention, WiFi SciFi. How did it come to be? Has it worked for audiences? What problems have theyfound with online conferencing software?

Direct download: WiFiSciFi.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:21am PDT

Unjust Cause

In this interview Cheryl talks to Tate Hallaway, the mysterious, night-dwelling alter-ego of mild-mannered novelist, Lyda Morehouse. The conversation touches on Lyda's AngeLINK novels, Tate's work, and of course the newly released Unjust Cause.

Direct download: TateHallway.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:18am PDT

The Thief's Gamble

In this interview Cheryl talks to Juliet E. McKenna about the re-issue of her Tales of Einarinn series, back in print for the first time in years. Other topics discussed include free fiction for lockdown reading, book three in the Green Man series, and a potential River Kingdom novel.

Direct download: JulietMcKenna.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:37pm PDT

Kate Macdonald is the founder of Handheld Press, an innovative British small press specialising in recovering forgotten works by women writers. In this interview, first broadcast on Chery's Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio, Kate talks about why she founded the company and some of her more successful projects.


Direct download: Kate_Macdonald.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:27am PDT

Rivers Solomon: photo credit Martha Levine

This interview was originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio in August 2018. It mainly concerns the novella, The Deep, based on the clipping song of the same name.

Direct download: RiversSolomon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:25pm PDT

Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow is a multi-award winning editor and is generally regarded as the top editor in horror short fiction.

This interview was recorded at the 2019 Eurocon, TitanCon, in Belfast. Cheryl talks to Ellen about a range of topics including how she got her start in the business, how the industry has changed since she started, what "best of the year" anthologies mean, and who is the only horror writer ever to have scared her.

Direct download: Ellen_Datlow.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:52am PDT

This is an interview that Cheryl did on her radio show back in September 2018. She talks to Anne Corlett about Anne's debut novel, The Space Between the Stars. The conversation covers the journey to getting published, reproductive rights, and disability rights.


Direct download: AnneCorlett-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:35am PDT

Regina Wang

This is an interview that Cheryl did with Chinese science fiction advocate, Regina Wang, while they were at Åcon X in Mariehamn earlier this year.

Here are some links to things mentioned in the interview:

Direct download: Regina_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:34am PDT

How's Moving Castle

This interview with Farah Mendlesohn & Cathy Butler was recorded at BristolCon in 2018. We are releasing it now because the conference it refers to is taking place this coming weekend (August 9-11, 2019)

Direct download: Farah-Cathy_Final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:20am PDT

This is How You Lose the Time War

This interview was recorded at Åcon X in Mariehamn in June 2019. Most of it was originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio. This is the full version, though not being on the radio I can't include the music.

The interview covers a range of issues including world politics, Brexit and poetry, but the main discussion covers This is How You Lose the Time War, the novella that Amal has written with Max Gladstone.


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Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:51am PDT

This is an interview that Cheryl made following an event in Oxford where Maria got to talk to experts in Anglo Saxon literature about her work on Beowulf. The interview covers a number of topics, including what it is like to follow in the footsteps of Tolkien. There is also a fair amount of discussion of modern US politics, feminism, and the failings of previous translations.


Direct download: Maria_Beowulf.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:23am PDT

The Murders of Molly Southborne

While Cheryl was at FantasyCon in 2018 she caught up with Tade Thompson. Their conversation covered the success of Rosewater, the scariness of The Murders of Molly Southborne, and what it is like for black writers to live in a post-Black Panther world.

A shorter version of this interview as originally broadcast on Ujima Radio Women's Outlook.

Direct download: Tade_Thompson_FCon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:12am PDT

This interview from Cheryl's radio show, Women's Outlook, is with Bristol-based author, Heather Child. Heather's first novel is a fascinating science fiction look at how smart digital assistants might develop in the near future. In Everything About You the protagonist, Freya, discovers that an AI can be a very dangerous friend to have.

As usual with interviews from Women's Outlook, we have had to remove the ads and music from the podcast version.

Direct download: HeatherChild_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:54am PDT

Cheryl welcomed Jonathan L Howard onto her radio show to discuss his latest novel, After the End of the World. The book is set in an alternate universe in which the Nazis won World War II. There is much discussion about how this turned out to be much more topical that Jonathan expected when he wrote the book, and about the merits of Nazi-punching.

After the End of the World is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Carter & Lovecraft, featuring descendants of HP Lovecraft and Randolf Carter.

There is also discussion of Jonathan's other projects, including the Johannes Cabal series, the Goon Squad superhero adventures, and a brand new video game.

Direct download: Jonathan_Howard.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

This is an interview that I did with Tade Thompson about a year ago when his novel, Rosewater, was first released. I ran parts of it on Ujima, but the quality of the recording was not good so I was a bit worried about putting the whole thing out.

However, Rosewater has just become the first ever winner of the Best Novel prize in the Nommo Awards from the African Speculative Fiction Society. It seems like there should be a lot of renewed interest in the book, and in Tade's other work, and that therefore I should share this podcast with you.

In the interview Tade talks about some of the ideas behind Rosewater, about his now released novella, The Murders of Molly Southbourne, and about writing a ghost story.

Direct download: Tade2016_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:51am PDT

At Worldcon 75 Cheryl recorded a number of interviews with women writers of color. This one is with Jamaican author, Stephanie Saulter, whose (R)Evolution series has been very well received. For more information about that series, see Cheryl's previous interview with Stephanie here.

Parts of this interview were originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio.

Direct download: Stephanie-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:36am PDT

Foz Meadow Interview

In this interview Cheryl talks to Australian author, Foz Meadows, about her recently published novel, An Accident of Stars. Topics covered include women-centered novels, writing trans characters and matriarchal societies.


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Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:32am PDT

Cat Valente and Finncon

This is the full version of the interview that Cheryl did with Catherynne M. Valente at Finncon 2016. Parts of the interview were previously broadcast on Women's Outlook on Ujima Radio.

The interview covers the whole of Cat's career from her childhood obsession with fairy tales through her student days in Edinburgh, her early success with The Orphan's Tales, the amazing phenomenon that is the Fairyland books and her later adult novels such as Deathless and Radiance.

Direct download: CatValente-final2.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:41am PDT

Mike Carey at Waterstones

This is a recording of the interview that Cheryl did with Mike Carey at Bristol Waterstones in May. The bulk of the discussion is about Mike's latest novel, Fellside. However, the conversation also strays onto The Girl with All the Gifts, the Felix Castor novels, the X-Men, the Lucifer TV series, and the Steel Seraglio books that Mike wrote with his wife and daughter.

Our apologies for the poor sound quality, particularly when picking up audience questions.

The event was organized by the Bristol Festival of Literature.

Direct download: Carey_Waterstones_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:14am PDT

Mike Carey on Ujima

Cheryl interviewed Mike Carey on her Ujima show on the very day that X-Men: Age of Apocalypse premiered in the UK. They do chat a bit about Mike's time writing the mutants later on, but the main thrust of the interview is about Mike latest book. Fellside is set in a women's prison, and deals with issues of prison privatisation and drug addiction as well as being a great ghost story.

During the interview Cheryl mentions that she will be interviewing Mike again that evening. A recording of that interview will be online here in a few days.


Direct download: Mike_Carey_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:05am PDT

Paul Cornell Interview

This interview with Paul Cornell too place on Cheryl's Ujima Radio show on May 6th. Paul and Cheryl talked about a variety of subjects including Paul's latest Shadow Police novel, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes, and his comic series, This Damned Band.

Direct download: Paul_Cornell_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:07am PDT

Cavan Scott Interview

This interview with Cavan Scott took place on Cheryl's show on Ujima Radio on April 8th. Cheryl and Cav talked about various of Cav's writing projects including his Star Wars novels, his Sherlock Holmes novel, his Doctor Who comics and, of course, his work on The Beano.

The illustration for this episode is of the Star Wars book that Cav wrote for World Book Day 2016. It became the #1 selling book in the UK.


Direct download: Cav_Scott_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:06am PDT

Pete Newman Interview

This interview was first recorded in May 2015 as part of the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio. With The Vagrant being published in paperback this month, and the sequel, The Malice, out in hardcover, it seemed like a good time to run with the full version.

A few bits of the discussion are slightly dated -- in particular Pete & Emma did not win a Hugo for Tea and Jeopardy -- but the discussion of the book is still very relevant.

Direct download: Pete_Newman_-_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:07am PDT

Stephanie Saulter Interview

This interview was first recorded in September 2015. A cut-down version was broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio. With Regeneration being published in the USA this month it seemed like a good time to run with the full version.

The only place where the interview has dated is where Cheryl and Stephanie discuss Marlon James' chances in the Booker Prize.

Direct download: StephanieSaulter_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:57am PDT

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

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

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

Madeline Ashby Interview

An interview with Madeline Ashby, author of vN and iD, which took place in Toronto in June 2013.

Direct download: AshbyFull.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Cheryl Morgan interviews Graham Sleight about the new third edition of the famous Encyclopedia of Science Fiction which is due to be launched any day now. Graham is the business manager for the enterprise. The encyclopedia is being written primarily by John Clute, David Langford and Peter Nicholls, with a large number of guest specialist contributors.

The official website of the new encyclopedia is here. There is also a working website here with sample entries and the contact form by which the editors can be contacted.

The encyclopedia blog, which Graham mentions in the interview, can be found here.

The new encyclopedia is part of the Gollancz SF Gateway project, which is online here.

Direct download: sfe3.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:16am PDT

Out of This World: The Launch of the British Library Exhibition

This podcast contains interviews that Cheryl Morgan conducted at the launch party for the British Library's science fiction exhibition. For more details see the show notes at Cheryl's blog.

Direct download: BritishLibrary.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

Interview: Ann VanderMeer

Cheryl Morgan talks to editor, Ann VanderMeer, about <a href=""><em>Weird Tales</em></a> and some of the projects she is working on with her husband, Jeff.

For more information about the matters discussed in this podcast see the Salon Futura website.

Direct download: AnnVandermeer.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:47am PDT