By Edward Willett
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All writers, when they set pen to paper or post pixel to page, are shaping a world: their own private world, created from their own thoughts and imagination, joys and sorrows, hopes and heartbreaks, triumphs and fears. It may mimic the real world, or it may be as different from the real world as, say, the world of Middle Earth is from the world of Blade Runner, but it is still a shaped world–a sub-creation, to use J.R.R. Tolkien’s formulation. It is not a real world, it does not have the depth or complexity of a real world, it is but an illusion…and yet, these fictional worlds, these illusions, though shaped by humans, not gods, can sometimes touch our minds and expand our spirits in ways nothing else can. It is a kind of miracle, and very writer performs it in his or her own way. In The Worldshapers, Edward Willett, himself an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy, delves into the creative process with science fiction and fantasy writers of every kind, seeking to better understand this magical, mystical skill…the skill of worldshaping.
||CleanEpisode 12: David Weber||An hour-long (and then some) conversation with David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington science-fiction series, which this episode focuses on, and many others, including fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God’s Own) other space opera (Path of the||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Joe Haldeman||An hour-long conversation with Joe Haldeman, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War, The Hemingway Hoax , Forever Peace and many others (more than two dozen), a SFWA Grand Master and a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Seanan McGuire||An hour-long conversation with Seanan McGuire, Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula Award-winning author of more than twenty books in various series, including the bestselling October Daye and InCryptid series, with a special focus on the first two books in her||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: David B. Coe / D.B. Jackson||An hour-long conversation with David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, award-winning author of more than twenty books, including epic fantasies, urban fantasies, historical fantasies, and more, and as many short stories, with a special focus on Time’s Children,||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Orson Scott Card, Part 1||The first half of a two-hour conversation with Orson Scott Card about his creative process. Part 1 focuses on how he began writing, and the genesis of his famous story “Ender’s Game.” The Introduction: Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Orson Scott Card, Part 2||The second half of a two-hour conversation with Orson Scott Card about his creative process. Part 2 focuses more on his recent Mithermages fantasy series. The Introduction: Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow,||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Gareth L. Powell||An hour-long conversation with British author Gareth L. Powell, exploring the creative process behind his works of science fiction, with a special focus on his latest novel, Embers of War (Titan Books), first in a new trilogy.||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: E.C. Blake interviews Edward Willett||Guest host E.C. Blake interviews Aurora Award-winning writer Edward Willett (the usual host of The Worldshapers), author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages, about his creative process,||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Arthur Slade||An hour-long conversation with Arthur Slade, bestselling author of twenty-two novels for young readers, including Dust (which won Canada’s Governor General’s Award for children’s literature), and The Hunchback Assignments (winner of the TD Canad||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Julie Czerneda||An hour-long conversation with Julie Czerneda ( bestselling author of The Clan Chronicles books and many, many others) about her creative process, with a special focus on her upcoming fantasy The Gossamer Mage.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Incredible resource for writers and readers alike. Interesting and inspiring conversations about the science fiction and fantasy genres, the writing process and creative acts. My to-read list grows with every interview. Please keep going!
Ed’s interviews are great because they are in depth. He gets into why writers write, not just what the latest book is. It’s nice to have a writer interview a writer, seeing the similarities and differences between their experiences.