COVID Check-In with Christopher Brown

Virtual Memories Show
COVID Check-In: Christopher Brown

Author Christopher Brown checks in from the edgelands of east Austin, TX. We talk about the final edits of his upcoming novel, Failed State (which is part of the universe of his previous novels, Tropic of Kansas and Rule of Capture), and how the border between dystopia and utopia are kinda permeable. We also get into his amazing weekly e-mail, Field Notes, nature’s reclamation projects, the potential inflection point of the current moment, why he’s trying to translate German and has taken up the lute, the midwest road trip he’s planning, and more. Give it a listen! And go read Tropic of Kansas and Rule of Capture, and pre-order Failed State! (and subscribe to Field Notes!)

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About our Guest

Christopher Brown is the author of Tropic of Kansas, a finalist for the 2018 John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year, and Rule of Capture, the beginning of a series of speculative legal thrillers. He was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review, LitHib,, and The Baffler. He lives in Austin, TX, where he also practices law. He’s active on Twitter and Instagram. His new novel, Failed State, is scheduled to come out in August, 2020.

(There’s a more comprehensive version at his website.)

Credits: The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Chris by his wife, but it’s on my instagram.

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