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.

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.

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?”.

Show Notes for Episode 8: David Brin and the 2020 Hugo Finalists for Best Professional Artist

In Episode 8 of Essence of Wonder, world-renowned author and public intellectual, David Brin, and the Hugo Awards finalists for Best Professional Artist, joined Gadi, Karen Castelletti, and Sara Felix. Tammy Coxen came back to teach us how to mix The Hugo Cocktail.

Show Notes for Episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy

In Episode 7 of Essence of Wonder with Gadi Evron, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Dana Cameron, and Toni L.P. Kelner (a.k.a. Leigh Perry) joined Gadi and Karen Castelletti for geeky shenanigans. Charlaine interviewed Patricia about her new Mercy Thompson book, “Smoke Bitten”, Karen read a selection from each author, they all shared pets, and joined forces in a panel discussion on Worldbuilding, with an emphasis on Urban Fantasy.