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Midnight in Karachi Episode 19: Daniel José Older

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week, writer Daniel José Older joins Mahvesh to talk about urban fantasy, spiritual ancestry, diversity in fiction, questioning the power status quo and the deserving attention the cover for his novel Shadowshaper has received. 

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! This week we continue along our journey, hoping desperately for more dragons, maybe even an actual lance, but perhaps settling for an eventful escape from cages.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

[Here we are, on the road again.]

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 18: Catherine Webb

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week, a writer with many names joins Mahvesh: Catherine Webb has written over a dozen books under her own name and as Kate Griffin and more recently as Claire North. She’s this year’s Campbell award winner for best novel—The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, released as Claire North—and today she talks about her various pseudonyms, inspiration, writing methods and stories.

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Part 2, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Miss us? We took a break last week for one of our guest Highlords to share her Dragonlance gaming experience—but that’s enough of the real world for now.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, Tanis and the Heroes (like Jem and the Holograms, but with worse hair) have slain a dragon, recovered an artifact and escaped the crumbling city of Xak Tsaroth. So, we’ve won, right?

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 17: Naomi Novik

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week award winner writer of the Temeraire series Naomi Novik is on the podcast, talking about fanfic, dragons, both real and metaphorical and her much lauded new novel Uprooted—available now in both the US (Del Rey) and UK (Tor Books UK). You can read an excerpt and check out a review of the novel here on Tor.com.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 16: Paolo Bacigalupi

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week multi-award winning writer and NYT bestseller Paolo Bacigalupi talks to Mahvesh about his new book The Water Knife, climate change, writing thrillers with strong ideologies, and diversity. You can also read Mahvesh’s review of The Water Knife here on Tor.com.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 15: Frances Hardinge

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Beloved writer of A Face Like Glass, Cuckoo Song and The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge is on the podcast today, talking about some of her award winning books, cheeses that give you visions, and the power of books to rearrange the way you think.

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Water Wars: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

The city of Phoenix in The Water Knife is a grim place. Paolo Bacigalupi’s second novel for adults takes us to a Phoenix that is derelict, poverty-ridden and lawless, a place where most of the population have to get by surviving the dust storms and relentless heat with no constant access to electricity or water. Those who are lucky—or ruthless—get to live in the Chinese-built high rise arcologies, where ‘zoners’ aren’t allowed access, unless they’re the Texas ‘bangbang girls’ escorting richer men for the price of a meal and a shower.

The situation outside the arcologies is dire, with mafias controlling society by brute force. With water rights under corporate control, entire neighbourhoods have been rendered desolate with water being been cut off. ‘The Queen of the Colorado had slaughtered the hell out of these neighbourhoods: her first graveyards, created in seconds when she shut off the water in their pipes.’ The Queen of course, is well beyond the reach of these gangs, though everyone else must eke out a living around them, often by paying them taxes on all earnings just to stay alive. Water is more than just currency here, it’s the most valuable commodity around.

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A History of Feminist Speculative Fiction: Sisters of the Revolution

The stories in Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology does exactly what you’d want them to—they tear apart cliches, they question gender and it’s implications, they look at identity using satire and humour and darkness with a sharp intellectual examination of stigma and society’s rules.

Put together by well known and highly regarded award winning editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, it’s a solid collection for anyone who wants to see how far feminist SF has come, with stories spread across the last 40 years or so.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 21 and 22

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!  Last week: Tanis’ LiveJournal updates! This week: The city falls! The Twins save the day! Raistlin is fantastic!

We’re up to Chapters 21 and 22 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight: “The Sacrifice. The Twice-Dead City.” and “Bupu’s Gift. An Ominous Sight.” As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 19 and 20

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week: gully dwarves and draconians. This week: one more gully dwarf! And other more exciting stuff.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

[The party is doing what it does best: wandering about.]

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 13: Nnedi Okorafor

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week, World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor joins Mahvesh to talk about writing for different age groups, Lagos, teaching to stay sane and stories that are powerful juju.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 1, Chapters 17 and 18

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week we met a dragon and a goddess. This week—gully dwarves and draconians.

That means the party stands a chance, right? Right? Well, that’s ok, because Raistlin’s looking out for us. Rest easy, Heroes.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 15 and 16

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week, our companions had gotten drunk in a swamp, then captured by draconians, whom they escaped by setting fire to a wicker dragon. Best. D&D. Ever.

But, all kidding aside, this week’s chapters are where things really kick off—join in, if you dare.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 12: Emily St. John Mandel

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week, Clarke award winner Emily St. John Mandel joins Mahvesh to talk about Station Eleven, which bits of the apocalypse interest her, Shakespeare, and reading voraciously as a child. And on the Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh speaks with Will Wiles, writer of the acclaimed Care of Wooden Floors and the Kitschie nominated The Way Inn about the modern gothic, creepy hotels and Ballard.

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 12 (35:17):

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 13 and 14

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week Kamila Shamsie dropped by to chat about the impact of both Kitiara and the absence of Kitiara (think of it as Schrödinger’s Kitiara). But now we’re back with our intrepid party, and their quest to find the lost-ish city of Xak Tsaroth.

When we last saw them, they’d passed through the remains of Que-Shu, and were struggling to deal with what they’d seen… This week’s chapters are hopefully a little cheerier—for the heroes’ sake!

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 11: Genevieve Valentine

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Genevieve Valentine is this week’s guest on Midnight in Karachi. She tells us about her recent novel Persona, writing DC’s Catwoman comics, Gotham, and her love for terrible TV. You can read an excerpt from Persona here on Tor.com.

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Make Your Own Kind of Music: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley’s entry into YA fantasy is a strong, strong one. Magonia is the story of 16 year old Aza Ray Boyle, a girl who can not breathe the air of earth and has has been almost drowning in the atmosphere since shewas a baby.

Aza has always been different, always been unlike anyone else. ‘My history is hospitals’, she says at the very start of Magonia, describing her disease as something so unique that it is named after her, the only known carrier of Azaray Syndrome, with her tilted lungs and her strange heart. A miracle, the school nurse proclaims, and maybe she is, but mainly, Aza is just tired of being sick, tired of doctors not understanding her. ‘I’m dark matter’, she explains. ‘The universe inside of me is full of something, and science can’t even shine a light on it. I feel like I’m mostly made of mysteries’.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 11 and 12

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week we ended on a cliffhanger. Or a forest-hanger: the party have been driven off the road, into the woods and along a magical path. There were deer, but also spectres.

This week’s chapters… do we have a turning point? Do we get to know what’s going on? Will we get a few more monsters? Where are our dragons?!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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