Watch Science Fiction Conversations with Nisi Shawl, Eileen Gunn, Le Guin & More

There’s nothing quite like stumbling upon something cool that had previously slipped under my radar—like a present from the past, really—and this time around, the discovery was the program Science Fiction Conversations. The show was hosted by Nisi Shawl and Eileen Gunn, produced and directed by Vonda N. McIntyre, and recorded at SCAN-TV in Seattle, Washington. I don’t recall where I heard it mentioned or if I read about it in an article or a book; either way, I was intrigued by the thought of a show about women writers discussing SF with each other.

Luckily for me, and for you, there are three episodes available to watch on Google Videos: one interviewing Eileen Gunn herself upon the release of her short story collection Stable Strategies and Others, one with Ursula K. Le Guin, and one with Hiromi Goto. Each runs around 30 minutes, though the interview with Goto is a bit longer.

I found these immensely fun to watch, and illuminating as well as entertaining. (The stuffed animal fighting is pretty adorable and hilarious.) What do you think? I, for one, am glad to know these videos are out there and to have watched them. Now, if only there were more available.

Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic and occasional editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide. Also, comics. She can be found on Twitter or her website.


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