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Is Science Fiction Really the Literature of Change?

Anil Menon is joining Gadi as co-host for a one-hour discussion on science fiction and change, bringing along friends and colleagues Christopher Brown, Claude Lalumière, Geoff Ryman, Nisi Shawl, and Vandana Singh. This Saturday, 19 September.

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.

Show Notes for Episode 9: Joe Haldeman and the 2020 Hugo Finalists for Best Novel

In episode 9 of Essence of Wonder, genre-shaping author Joe Haldeman and the 2020 Hugo finalists for Best Novel, Alix E. Harrow, Seanan McGuire, and Arkady Martine, joined Gadi and Karen on the show. Special guest Alan Lightman came on the show to talk to Joe, and leadership expert Stephen Kelner returned with his analysis of leadership in The Forever War.

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?”.

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