Posts Tagged: ‘SciFi’

Workshop Episode 66 (Guest Host: Karen Healey)

November 11, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 66, with Karen Healey and Emery Colin

Karen Healey – educator, advocate, and author of astonishing YA novels like “When We Wake” and the newly-released sequel “While We Run” – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to catalyze our brainstorming efforts into a maelstrom of awesomeness with her storytelling mojo (spoilers: she succeeds). Joined by the eloquent and insightful Katie Bryski (author of Hapax, numerous short tales, AND a children’s opera), the stage is set for a fabulous story workshop.

This week’s Guest Writer, Emery Colin, brings a very cool tale to the table, one that blends SciFi and Fantasy with a mysterious mythic heritage. A stranded transport, ancient orders, demons, and an inexperienced protagonist assigned a perilous task are the ingredients for a brainstorming buffet that leads us inevitably to discover a lost relic forged of – you guessed it – Literary Gold (and if your thirst for writerly goodness remains unslaked, then I recommend you check out Karen’s Showcase Episode!).

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Workshop Episode 60 (Guest Host: Kameron Hurley)

August 19, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 60, with Kameron Hurley and Shiri SondheimerHugo Award Winner Kameron Hurley – wordsmith of the epic Bel Dame Apocrypha series (featuring “God’s War“, “Infidel“, and “Rapture“) and the eagerly anticipated “Mirror Empire” (on shelves Aug 26) – returns to the Big Chair, wielding her potent storytelling mojo in the arena of the story brainstorm.

The catalyst for our workshopping-fu is provided by our Guest Writer, Shiri Sondheimer, who brings an epic scifi version of the Arthurian tales to the Table. With such a delightful weave of threads to draw upon, the ensemble entangles itself into the tale, emerging with a rich tapestry woven with Literary Gold. (and for more golden threads of writerly goodness, check out Kameron’s Showcase Episode).

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RTP Dialogues #1: Near-Future SciFi and the “Death” of Cyberpunk

July 11, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

[NOTE: The Roundtable is still on Indefinite Hiatus. Content – like these Dialogues – will be released into the feed as time and circumstances allow. Thanks for your patience and understanding]

Dialogues001Welcome the very first Roundtable Dialogue, where a panel of knowledgeable, articulate, and experienced creative get together to discuss various intriguing topics.

Given the name of this podcast, you’d think we’d have twigged on this format a long time ago. While it’s not particularly bold in terms of formats, but we hope the topics and the people will more than compensate.

The overarching theme of the RTP Dialogues is “examining the new face of storytelling”. So much has changed in the realm of literature and media – and continues to evolve at a frantic pace – that we think there’s a need to put on the breaks for an hour and take a hard look at what’s happening, what it means, and how we as storytellers can make the most of it.

This first Dialogue is a great experience of just that…

Brion and I are joined by authors Colin F. Barnes, Alasdair Stuart, Starla Huchton, and Stephen Godden to discuss the challenges of writing near-future scifi in a world where science fact keeps out pacing our imaginations. Along the way we manage to debunk the reported “death of cyberpunk” as well as explore the sources of the trend towards genre mash-ups.

As one might expect from a gathering of such astonishing creators, the discussion fairly crackles with startling insights, new perspectives, and an epiphany or two. Before you hit the play button, wrap your head in an Ace bandage… your mind is about to be blown. Enjoy!

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Near-Future SciFi and The “Death” of Cyberpunk

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Workshop Episode 55 (Guest Host: Patrick E. McLean)

April 2, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 55, with Patrick E. McLean and Patrick Lewis Patrick E. McLean – author of “Unkillable” and “How to Succeed in Evil” and founder of Good Words (Right Order) – returns to apply his unique insights and experience towards helping Ryan Stevenson and I workshop a delicious tale served up by writer, and vocal performer Patrick Lewis. Patrick brings a SciFi tale of corporate corruption, betrayal, all centered around a really sweet caper. It’s Ocean’s Eleven set in the far future and you know we’re gonna have some fun exploring the intricacies of complex characters, crossed motivations, and making everything works out in the end… which is, or course, where everyone finds the huge stack of Literary Gold for the taking! (and if you feel like your stack of writerly goodness could be a little higher, check out Patrick’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 52 (Guest Host: Hugh Howey)

February 26, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 52, with Hugh Howey and Holli Mintzer Hugh Howey – a storyteller who’s pen has scribed many marvelous tales, including the astonishing dystopian scifi tale “Wool” that continues to impact the literary world in the most delightful ways – returns to the big chair at the Roundtable to workshop a very cool mid-grade scifi story idea offered up by the inventive and inspired Holli Mintzer. Holli’s tale of deep space generational ships and alien first contact (and first abduction) is fraught with intriguements that set us to exploring all the nooks and crannies of Holli’s universe. Along the way, we scarf up a metric ton of Literary Gold! (and you’ll find there’s more Literary Gold to be had over at Hugh’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 46 (Guest Host: E. C. Myers)

January 15, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 46, with E. C. Myers and Richard Green E. C. Myers – author of the acclaimed “Fair Coin” and “Quantum Coin” – returns to the Big Chair to bring his superb insights and aesthetic to help Brion and I workshop a very cool YA SciFi tale offered up by podcaster and Gentleman Twitter-kin Richard Green. Richard brings a delightful tale of an alien school field trip on Earth that goes horribly wrong that inspires a great discussion about the qualities of YA stories, defining character arcs and relationships, and a superb exploration of how to take a great idea and make it even better (which is kinda what we do, right?). Literary Gold is pretty much a foregone conclusion. (and there’s even MORE writerly goodness embedded in E. C.’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 38 (Guest Host: Jerry Gordon)

November 20, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 38, with Jerry Gordon and Dan Scholes Jerry Gordon – editor of anthologies and author of tales (check his “Coming Up” section below for all his awesomeness) – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable for an epic story workshop. Guest Writer, Dan Scholes, brings a scifi tale of a distant culture dominated by nanites that infect every aspect of society. Dan’s story becomes the foundation of one our most intriguing and in-depth workshop episodes. You’ll be raking in the literary gold like autumn leaves, friends… just hit that “play” button. (and then, to continue the bountiful harvest of writerly goodness, check out Jerry’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 23 (Guest Host: Dan Wells)

August 7, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 23, with Dan Wells and Dan Absalonson Dan Wells – author of “The Hollow City“, “Partials“, the John Cleaver series, and co-host of the Parsec-award winning “Writing Excuses” Podcast – returns to the Roundtable to add his experience and insights to this weeks workshop. Our Guest Writer is Dan Absalonson – an author with two tales on Amazon and his own podcast – who brings a marvelous zombie/robot scifi thriller tale to the table. The discussion is brisk, moving from one intriguing topic to the next, each stop revealing more literary gold. This is classic RTP goodness, friends… join us! (and to continue your quest for writerly goodness, check out Dan Wells’s superb Showcase Episode!)

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