Podcast: Manga-loids and Steampunks

Virtual Memories – season 2 episode 8
Diana Renn and Paul Di Filippo – Manga-loids and Steampunks

The July episode of The Virtual Memories Show is ready to go! This time around, you get two interviews for the price of one!

During my June trip to Boston for the BIO annual meeting, I recorded conversations with Diana Renn, a writer who just published her first book, a YA novel called Tokyo Heist, and Paul Di Filippo, a science fiction writer and critic who’s celebrating his 30th year as a freelance writer.

I thought of posting them as two separate podcasts, but it made more sense to have the perspectives of the first-time novelist and the life-time writer in a single episode. Diana has lots to say about working through the novel-writing process and how her history with comic books informs her, while Paul has a ton to say about the current state of science fiction, how he carved out a role in it, what it’s like to be the “King of Steampunk,” the allure of Providence, RI, and whether he’d have taken an assignment for the Before Watchmen series.

Paul and me

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Credits: This episode’s music is Rewrite from Paul Simon’s recent record So Beautiful or So What? I recorded the intro on a Blue Yeti mic into Audacity, and the conversation with was recorded on a pair of Blue Encore 100 mics, feeding into a Zoom H4N recorder.

Comments

5 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Charles Bivona,

    This podcast embodies the experience of knowing Gil Roth. #Truth. Well done.

  2. Why are you only doing this once a month?

  3. At last the downloading has begun! Great photo of you and Paul. More anon!

  4. Great podcast! Quote of the day: “Fighting orcs is horrible, but it’s not quite as bad as finding the money for the mortgage.” Laughed out loud a few times. Also, on the subject of YA … yes, often more sophisticated than we think. Renn’s book sounds intriguing. I have bookmarked it. Rumblefish is one of my all-time favorite movies–top five, and the book, when I looked for it, was under YA! You asked great questions … one of the best I thought was about maintaining the send of wonder in sci-fi.
    Well done all.

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