For my very first trip to Disneyland (!!) I was invited to interview composer Richard M. Sherman for the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world!” Talk about an incredible person! Mr. Sherman was as nice off-camera as he was during the interview, as was his incredibly charming wife Elizabeth (who told everyone to be nice to me because my wrist was broken).
What a way to first experience Disneyland!
This week you’ll learn how Alastair Reynolds went from Cornwall to a doctorate in astronomy, to pushing ice across the vastness of space. How much do current scientific advances influence him? Does he feel a kinship with Mass Effect? What order should you read his darn books in? All these questions and more will be answered.
More on Sword and Laser!
How do you become an award-winning puppeteer AND award-winning writer AND a audiobook narrator? Easy. Be Mary Robinette Kowal. We ask the author of Without a Summer and Valour and Vanity how she fits in all those things and still has time to convincingly imitate Patrick Rothfuss and convince Sam Sykes to make debatable life choices.
It’s our author guide to Max Gladstone! If you want an author who knows how to work the financial crisis into epic fantasy and is handy with a sword, Max is your man. We also get the final word on a showdown between him and Scott Lynch. You won’t believe who really runs the economy.