RTP Dialogues #6: The Influence of Gaming on Speculative Fiction

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Gaming and Speculative Fiction are inextricably linked… whether the tales of Conan the Barbarian led you to explore Dungeons & Dragons, or playing Warhammer 40K led you to the marvelous Black Library, the culture of Speculative Fiction is deeply informed  by gaming in all it’s many manifestations.

But does gaming influence Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. Is the genre altered somehow by the pervasive sensibilities of gaming culture? And, if so, how?

The nuances of the relationship between gaming and fiction will take more than one RTP Dialog session to fully explore… but you gotta start somewhere, right? And for an expedition of this magnitude, you better load up the roster with some of the deeply informed and articulate storytellers. That’s why I asked Shanna Germain, Michael R. Underwood, Andrea Phillips, and James Sutter to join me in the sumptuous RTP virtual studio to embark on an most intriguing journey into two worlds that are so very distinct yet hopelessly intertwined. Epiphanies and “Ah-HAs” await you on the other side of the “PLAY” button, so make with the clicky-click and let’s get started!

The Roundtable Dialogues #6: The Influence of Gaming on Speculative Fiction

[caution: mature language – listener discretion is advised]

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Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips

 

 

Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

 

 

James L. Sutter

James L. Sutter

 

 

Shanna Germain

Shanna Germain


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Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.

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