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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

12: Q & A with Mary Robinette Kowal

Tonight, we had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America 's current Vice President, Campbell award winner and 2011 Hugo award winner, Mary Robinette Kowal.
Many topics were bandied about this evening in a spirited, free form question and answer session.

Topics of discussion included:
  • Novel ideas or short story ideas- How do you know which one you have?
  • Expanding a short story into a novel- How is that done?
  • Magic systems in Fantasy novels and one way they're developed.
  • How much background information readers need and want in a novel or story.
  • Professional puppetry and personal space when filming- How close is too close for your human co stars?
For a little over an hour of answers to these and other scintillating questions, give this episode a listen!

You can also download the MP3 here.
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  1. Thanks, Mary Robinette Kowal, for a wonderful interview.

    And thanks Mike and Dave and all for making it happen.

    I always look forward to these conference calls.

  2. Just put up the link. The other ones all work fine.

  3. Ehren--thanks! It looks like Chrome is a bit Nazi when it comes to MP3's. (So much for my big switch-over.) Is anyone else having troubles with the download (or am I the only one who didn't know that Chrome was THAT different from IE?)

  4. The conference call with Mary are great. What an extraordinary opportunity for those of us who can't attend cons. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

    -- david j.

  5. You're very welcome, David--our pleasure.


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