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Midnight in Karachi Episode 22: Jeff VanderMeer

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.

Writer and editor Jeff VanderMeer joins Mahvesh on the podcast this week to talk about editing anthologies, writing various forms of fiction, and his favourite owls.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 21: Maria Dahvana Headley

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 on the podcast, Mahvesh speaks with writer Maria Dahvana Headley on writing short stories to release extra ideas, mixing genres in YA, writing uniforms of vintage ballgowns and flight suits, and Grendel’s mother.

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 5 and 6

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

The last time we met them, our intrepid heroes had narrowly escaped the clutches of Fewmaster Toade with the help of Gilthanas the elf, who insisted on taking them to fabled elf city of Qualinost. Ah, Qualinost, with its unimaginable beauty, slender spires and magical dwarven metalwork. Our friends are overwhelmed, though Tanis is anxious (of course) about being back, having been run out of there years earlier for some dodgy half-cousin adopted sister lovin’.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 20: James Smythe

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.

James Smythe joins Mahvesh on Midnight in Karachi this week, to talk about his new novel Way Down Dark, romance in YA, music and movies, before revealing the name of the sequel to Way Down Dark for the first time.

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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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