Literary Alchemist: J. Daniel Sawyer

J. Daniel Sawyer

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with J. Daniel Sawyer

Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 1


J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive nutcase attempting to write his way out of the loony bin. He’s the author of numerous fiction podcasts including Sculpting God, Down From Ten, and The Antithesis Progression (which earned him a spot as a 2009 Parsec Finalist). Lacking in personal qualities things that make for respectable character (such as the ability to sit still and shut up), he’s forced to channel his lack of decorum into the fields of photography, a/v production, and writing for outfits like LinuxJournal and the occasional speculative fiction anthology.

When not working on his new secret steampunk fantasy adventure or getting into other mischief, he can be heard hosting the skeptical salon The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and as the narrator of Free Will, book two of The Antithesis Progression, both available through

 Recent Works…

Down From Ten
Science Fiction Weaponry:
A Guide for Writers (Throwing Lead Singles)
Free Will (and Other Compulsions)
The Antithesis Progression
Smoke Rings (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries)
Sculpting God: Bedtime Stories For Adults
The Coffee Service


Movies: The Man From Earth, The Fall, The Zero Effect, The Big Sleep (Bogart Version), Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Blade Runner, anything Kubrickian, The Big Lebowski, Sirens, I could go on forever 😉

For fiction… Babylon 5. Lots of others too, but B5 is by far and away the finest serial drama produced to date.

For comedy… Monty Python and Coupling.

For Nonfic… it’s hard to beat Nova. Unless you use Top Gear.


“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”–Robert A. Heinlein

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A little known connection between Dan and me, I played a Massachusetts Senator and a French dilettant in the audio productions of two of his works.

People still give me grief about the Down East accent, but my French — that was truly terrible. 😀

You know, that particular podiobook (with the French accent) was the second one I ever listened to and the very first experience of your audio performance skills, Nathan. I’m not going to argue with you over the accent, but that production totally hooked me into the podosphere. 😉

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