She’s almost across the finish line! Todd and Kenn drag Stephanie back for the penultimate Expanse podcast as they discuss the first half of James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Falls. [Craig’s audio note: I had to use the backup audio for this one, so it kind of sucks. Sorry about that, but I figured you’d rather have the episode than not!]

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Craig welcomes Vaishnavi Patel, author of Kaikeyi, for this edition of the Author’s Shelf. Vaishnavi has selected The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It’s Craig’s first foray into the Mahabharata (in this case a modern retelling), and Vaishnavi is the perfect guide.

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Craig, Ryan, Megan, and Stephanie sit down to discuss their experience with Brandon Sanderson’s first “secret project” of 2023, Tress of the Emerald Sea. They also take your comments and questions.

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Craig and Todd (who is legally required to be on any episode involving D&D) welcome Brandon from Dirt Cheap Dungeons to talk Dungeons & Dragons. They spend a few minutes talking about the new Chris Pine movie, but the rest of the episode is devoted to why D&D is so popular, beloved, and useful after all these years.

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We made it! It’s the final episode in our First Law series, and we’ve got some thoughts. Craig, Ryan, and Kenn sit down to hash out how they feel about the series now that they’ve completed it. Did Kenn love the punchin’? (Just kidding, stupid question.) Did Craig change his mind at all? Does Ryan hate all good and decent things now, loving only evil and despair? Only one way to find out!

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Returning guest Veronica Roth and newcomer Amy Lukavics join Craig to talk about a day in the life of an author–or, at least, how a typical day goes for *these* two authors. Plus, they give us the details on their latest projects, linked below.

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Author, artist, and filmmaker Leopoldo Gout comes by the podcast to talk with Craig about his experience as a writer, and how he weaves history, myth, and culture into his stories.

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Author Randee Dawn’s new book, Tune In Tomorrow, has received some favorable comparisons to the like of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. So who better to join Craig in an Author’s Shelf episode, talking about Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? No one, that’s who.

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Craig, Ryan, and Kenn are together again for the final book of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. Ryan is already won over to the series, but what about Craig and Kenn? Has the journey been worth what destinations we’ve had so far?

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T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) stops by the show to talk to Craig about a favorite childhood book of hers: Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams.

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Craig chats with guest Adam Ross of First Fantasy Books to talk about his quest to improve child literacy through fun, simple worldbuilding.

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Craig sits down for a fun, free-ranging discussion with one of the most interesting people ever to appear on the show. SL Huang is a Hugo-winning and Amazon-bestselling writer. The author of the Cas Russell series from Tor, starting with Zero Sum Game, and the fantasies Burning Roses and The Water Outlaws, Huang is also an MIT graduate, stunt person, and firearms expert.

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James Kennedy returns! This time, he joins Craig and Drew McCaffrey to discuss G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, a truly bizarre and classic detective story. For those who think Craig talks too much…you’re in luck! Because he knows just how out of his depth he is here and lets the smart people do more of the talking.

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Todd, Kenn, and Stephanie sit down for yet another discussion of James SA Corey’s The Expanse. This time they finish up Tiamat’s Wrath, the eighth book in the series.

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Craig, Ryan, and Kenn sit down to discuss the second half of Before They Are Hanged, the second book in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy.

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Kent Lester joins Craig to talk about his journey from writing non-fiction to writing sci-fi thrillers like The Seventh Sun. A quick warning: We struggled with some tech stuff during this recording, so if it sounds like the ending is a bit abrupt…well, that’s only because it was.

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Craig, Ryan, and Kenn sit down to discuss the first half of Before They Are Hanged, the second book in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy.

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Mary Rickert (aka M. Rickert) stops by to chat with Craig about the art of the short story. What are the strengths and weaknesses of short fiction? Why did Mary get drawn to this particular form? What can readers gain by digging into short stories? And where should they start?

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Author Brian Evenson stops by to talk with Craig about The Fifth Head of Cerberus, the second novel by Gene Wolfe. And what a novel it is! Without spoiling any of the surprises, the two dig into what makes Gene Wolfe special, and why Brian wanted to write the introduction for a new edition of the book.

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Freya Marske is here to pull Craig–and by extension, us all–into the world of SFF romance! They talk about the definition of romance, why it appeals generally, and why it appeals to her specifically as both a reader and a writer. Toward the end, Freya also gives a sizeable list of recommendations for those wanting to dip their own toes into more romantic waters. (Listen for the recs, or follow us on Twitter (below) to get the links.

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