Tachyon tidbits featuring Lauren Beukes, Daryl Gregory, and STRANGE HORIZONS

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Lauren Beukes and Daryl Gregory

In episode 170 of SPECULATE!, the gang discusses Lauren Beukes’ debut collection SLIPPING: STORIES, ESSAYS, & OTHER WRITING.

Welcome to Episode 170 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans.  In this episode we talk about our schedule through the end of 2016 before getting into the show proper, a discussion of Lauren Beukes‘s upcoming short story collection (due out in November) Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing, focusing in particular on the stories “Algebra,” “Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs” (it’s as good as it sounds!), and the essay “All The Pretty Corpses.”  We talk about Lauren’s irreverent, unsparing, sometimes brutal writing style, her honesty in rendering her characters and themes, and her commitment to justice both in real life and in her fiction–and even make a couple of suggestions about how authors can apply some of her strategies to their own work. 

At KIRKUS, John DeNardo included Darly Gregory’s WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE in his Unsettling Horror Books that Have Already Been Optioned for TV & Film.

Described as a “post-horror horror” story, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is about a group of people – survivors of events straight out of horror films – whose stories are only believed by the psychotherapist who brings them together to form a most unusual support group. In attempting to help her patients, the psychologist, Dr. Jan Sayer, unwittingly unleashes the evils of the past.

If award wins are any indication of a book’s viability as a successful adaptation, then WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE would be a perfect candidate; it won both the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award.  Sadly, Wes Craven – the director behind the Nightmare on Elm Street films who was developing Gregory’s chilling novella into a television series for the SyFy channel – passed away recently. However, his production company still has plans to adapt this into a show.

The fine folks over at STRANGE HORIZONS are in the midst of their annual fundraising drive.

Since its launch in 2000, STRANGE HORIZONS has pursued a number of goals. We want to publish great stories and poems that expand the possibilities of speculative fiction; we want to provide a space for in-depth discussions that help us to understand and extend those possibilities. We want to encourage and support new writers of SF from all backgrounds, and pay them professional rates for their fiction. And we want to continue to make all of our content available free of charge, without being dependent on advertisers or corporate sponsorship.

We are a non-profit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, and so a huge part of our success has been down to you, our readers. STRANGE HORIZONS relies on your donations to stay open.

In our sixteen years, we’ve been proud to publish work by writers such as Saladin Ahmed, Eleanor Arnason, Charlie Jane Anders, Christopher Barzak, Matthew Cheney, John Clute, L. Timmel Duchamp, Hal Duncan, Amal El-Mohtar, Carol Emshwiller, Molly Gloss, Alaya Dawn Johnson, N. K. Jemisin, John Kessel, Ann Leckie, Kelly Link, Ken Liu, David Moles, Nnedi Okorafor, Yukimi Ogawa, Robert Reed, Adam Roberts, Sofia Samatar, John Scalzi, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Lavie Tidhar, Genevieve Valentine, Jo Walton, Alyssa Wong, Jane Yolen, and too many others to list.

Everyone who donates is entered into the prize draw, featuring an array of books, artwork, and other goodies. Among the prizes are the Tachyon titles Ellen Datlow’s THE MONSTROUS, Michael Swanwick’s NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT, Patricia A. McKillip’s DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES, Charlie Jane Anders’ SIX MONTHS, THREE DAYS, Alastair Reynolds’ SLOW BULLETS, and Lavie Tidhar’s CENTRAL STATION.

For more information about SLIPPING: STORIES, ESSAYS, & OTHER WRITING, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover art by Clara Bacou

Design by Elizabeth Story

For information on WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover design by Elizabeth Story