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Rocket Talk Episode 65: Amal El-Mohtar and Kameron Hurley

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Recently released from Tor, Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant has spawned a multitude of reactions across the genre community. Amal El-Mohtar and Kameron Hurley join Justin on Rocket Talk to discuss how this response reflects a larger conversation: how has social media and online book discussion impacted how we engage one another in dialogue about the things we love? It’s an honest and riveting conversation that doesn’t shy from controversial subjects.

Amal El-Mohtar is a Canadian author and blogger. She’s won several awards for her poetry and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2011 for her short story “The Green Book” and won the 2015 Locus Award for “The Truth About Owls.” Her non-fiction work can be found at, NPR, and Lightspeed Magazine.

Kameron Hurley is the author of Mirror Empire and Mirror Ascendant, the first two novels in the Worldbreaker Saga from Angry Robot Books. He previous novels God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. She is the winner of two Hugo Awards, and has been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is Seth Dickinson’s highly anticipated debut novel—a brutal tale of empire, rebellion, fealty, and high finance, available from Tor Books and Tor UK (released as The Traitor). You can read an excerpt from the novel here on


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