SF&F Marketing Masters: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Self-Publishing

Join us for a show with those who planned and executed the marketing of legends. On Saturday the 5th of September Dave Farland will join us to discuss his plan with Scholastic for making Harry Potter big. Ed Elbert will discuss the advertising of Star Wars. Craig Miller will share the stories of fandom and community outreach for Star Wars. And, Brian Meeks will bring us to 2020 with a discussion of self-publishing. Joining Gadi and Karen to co-host the show will be Morgan Hazelwood.

Nisi Shawl on Music, Spirituality, and the Creative Process

Nisi Shawl will join Gadi to co-host a show on music and spirituality in the creative process. Nisi will be joined by Iya Oshunmiwa for a discussion of West African religious traditions and how Nisi’s work relates to those traditions. Iya Oshunmiwa is a Priest of Oshun and professional storyteller
. Nisi and Gadi will explore the role of music in Nisi’s life and work, and we’ll also have a reading from Nisi’s work.

Sheree Renée Thomas and Friends on Afrofuturism and the Magic of Storytelling and Music

Sheree Renée Thomas will join Gadi to co-host a show on Afrofuturism, the magic of storytelling and music, and the power of community and art to effect personal and prophetic change. Also coming on the show will be Andrea Hairston, Pan Morigan, and Danian Darrell Jerry.

Maurice Broaddus and the BLM Youth Movement: The World We Want to Create

Maurice Broaddus will join Gadi and Karen this Saturday (11 July) for an interview, and then “flip the script” and interview his interviewers on the youth movement taking the lead in the recent Black Lives Matter protests, steering the conversation for the world they want to create.

Hugo Awards Finalists for Best Short Story and Best Editor Short Form, Featuring Lior Manor the Mentalist

The Hugo Awards finalists in the Best Short Story and Best Editor Short Form categories will be joining Gadi and Karen on the show for panel discussions. Also joining the show will be world-famous mentalist Lior Manor, for our weekly show corner.

A Statement from EoW on Black Lives Matter

We created Essence of Wonder because we believe in the power and possibility of visionary futures. We love science fiction and fantasy because of the potential, and the promise that they provide. But all good stories contain a moment where the horrors of what people can do to one another must be named, and must be confronted. The hard truth is that we have not only reached, but passed this point in our own world–We must now face the silence that has allowed such injustices to perpetuate and ask ourselves, “what next?”.

Hugo Finalists for Best Novella and Best Novelette 2020 (and Tiara Giveaway!)

Several of the 2020 Hugo nominees for Novella and Novelette will be joining Gadi on Essence of Wonder with Gadi Evron, including Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Siobhan Carroll, and Amal El-Mohtar. Facilitating the discussions will be Vincent Docherty and Karen Castelletti.