Shining Moon: A Speculative Fiction Podcast

Deborah L. Davitt

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” --Anton Chekov

Interviews and readings with authors and editors of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative poetry. Hosted by Deborah L. Davitt.

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Shining Moon Episode 41: Reading the Nebulas II
May 8 2024
Shining Moon Episode 41: Reading the Nebulas II
With me today to read the novelette category for the Nebulas are Allen Dyen-Shapiro, Leigh Harlen, and Brent Lambert. Allan Dyen-Shapiro is a Ph.D. biochemist who enjoyed a 19-year research career. He now teaches in high-poverty schools in Southwest Florida and recently ramped up his union activism. He's sold short fiction to venues including Dark Matter Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and numerous anthologies and co-edited an anthology of speculative fiction set in the Middle East. He's a member of SFWA and Codex and blogs at allandyenshapiro.com, where you'll also find links to his stories. Leigh Harlen is a queer, non-binary writer of dark leaning speculative fiction who lives and works in Seattle alongside their partner and dog. They are the author of Queens of Noise, Blood Like Garnets, A Feast For Flies, and several short stories. Their non-writing hobbies include petting strangers’ dogs, crocheting, and enthusing about how awesome bats are. Follow them on Twitter @LeighHarlen or better yet, Bluesky @leighharlen.bsky.social for updates on future publications. Brent Lambert is a Black, queer man who heavily believes in the transformative power of speculative fiction across media formats. As a founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine, he turned that belief into action and became part of a Hugo Award winning team. He resides in San Diego but spent a lot of time moving around as a military brat. His family roots are in the Cajun country of Louisiana.Stories in this episode:"A Short Biography of a Conscious Chair", Renan Bernardo (Samovar 2/23)I Am AI, Ai Jiang (Shortwave) "The Year Without Sunshine", Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny 11-12/23) "Imagine: Purple-Haired Girl Shooting Down The Moon", Angela Liu (Clarkesworld 6/23) "Saturday’s Song", Wole Talabi (Lightspeed 5/23) "Six Versions of My Brother Found Under the Bridge", Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny 9-10/23)"Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 40: Reading the Nebulas I; Short Stories
May 1 2024
Shining Moon Episode 40: Reading the Nebulas I; Short Stories
Hello and welcome to Shining Moon, Episode 40. With me today are A.P. Howell, Sam W. Pisciotta, A.T. Sayre, and Risa Wolf. The voting for the Nebulas has just concluded, and we’re here to talk about the contenders on the ballot before the winners are revealed. Let’s get started with some introductions!A. P. Howell  For information on published works, links to social media accounts, and similar things, visit her website aphowell.com Sam W. Pisciotta  Connect with him at www.silo34.com and @silo34 on X and Instagram. A.T. Sayre His first short story collection, Signals in The Static, comes out May 20th from Lethe Press.  Pre-order link: https://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p713/static.htmlRisa Wolf  Visit them at killerpuppytails.com.Stories discussed:"Once Upon a Time at The Oakmont", P.A. Cornell (Fantasy 10/23)  "Tantie Merle and the Farmhand 4200", R.S.A Garcia (Uncanny 7-8/23) "Window Boy", Thomas Ha (Clarkesworld 8/23) "The Sound of Children Screaming", Rachael K. Jones (Nightmare 10/23) "Better Living Through Algorithms", Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 5/23) "Bad Doors", John Wiswell (Uncanny 1-2/23) "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 39: Writing Games III, Cerebos the Crystal City
Apr 24 2024
Shining Moon Episode 39: Writing Games III, Cerebos the Crystal City
Zach Welhouse is a librarian and game designer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys hot drinks and meeting dogs who look like goblins. His work has appeared in the Costume Fairy Adventures and Deadlands RPGs, and Strange Beast: A Tarot Zine. Cerebos: The Crystal City, a game about crossing a surreal desert by train, is available through Penguin King Games on itch.io and Drivethru RPG Amelia Gorman lives in Eureka where she spends her free time exploring tidepools and redwoods with her dogs and foster dogs. Her fiction has appeared in Nightscript 6 and Cellar Door from Dark Peninsula Press. You can read some of her poetry in Vastarien, Utopia Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. Her first chapbook, the Elgin-winning Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota, is available from Interstellar Flight Press. Her microchapbook, The Worm Sonnets, is available from The Quarter Press.  Cerberos is a fascinating game. The premise is simple; the execution is complex. The premise? That you’ve boarded a train for the Crystal City of Cerebos. But you can choose your journey’s tone right from the start—it might be a folk horror setting, it might be fairy tale, it might be science fiction. . . and then you’re rolling on tables for cards that detail the complications that ensue on the train, the strangeness of the stops along the route, and so on. Halfway through your journey, the game changes; one of the characters becomes the Protagonist, and the other characters become advisors who encourage them to either put aside the past and embrace the future, or embrace the past more fully. There’s a huge psychological element to play—if you want there to be, anyway. Some people might play it solely as an adventure, and that’s another entirely correct way to play."Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 38: Writing Games II--TEETH RPG
Apr 17 2024
Shining Moon Episode 38: Writing Games II--TEETH RPG
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon: A Speculative Fiction Podcast, Episode 38.  Today we’ll continue our series by asking questions about writing games, particularly roleplaying games. This is a subject dear to my heart, because I’ve spent twenty years of my life playing RPGs, mostly in written form, in play-by-post games. I am a big proponent of how they help to develop writers’ skills at worldbuilding, characterization, and plot. My guests today are Marsh Davies and Jim Rossignol of the game Teeth! Marsh Davies is a writer and illustrator who has worked in games for the better part of twenty years, first as a journalist, then as an artist and indie developer. He joined Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, as the head of creative writing, before returning to the indie scene as a narrative designer and co-authoring a collection of grotesque tabletop roleplaying games with Jim. Jim Rossignol is a writer and game designer. In the first part of his career he was best known for games-related journalism, in which he founded the PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Later he moved into game development, producing digital games such as Sir, You Are Being Hunted and more recently moving into tabletop games with the RPG TEETH. "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 37: Speculative Poetry IV
Apr 10 2024
Shining Moon Episode 37: Speculative Poetry IV
Daniel Ausema is an educator and stay-at-home dad. His poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares, and many other places and have been nominated for the Rhysling Award. He is also the author of the Arcist Chronicles and the creator of the Spire City series, as well as the writer of many short stories, roughly a hundred of which have been published in places like Diabolical Plots and Strange Horizons. He lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies and can be found online at danielausema.com.Brian U. Garrison (he/him) catches new, old, and otherworldly jazz from the radio station KMHD in Portland, Oregon. His poetry has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Dreams & Nightmares, and elsewhere. His chapbook Micropoetry for Microplanets (Space Cowboy Books) celebrates the smallish to medium rocks that circle our sun. He serves as Managing Editor for Eye to the Telescope. Find him online at www.bugthewriter.comD.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals, reappearing in Hawai’i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere. Her work appears in Clarkesworld, Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons and Uncanny. She’s conducted NSF-funded research in anthropology, specializing in food, environmental issues, agriculture and technology. Each of her ten fingers is equipped with a monkey and a typewriter. Through the clamoring of these near-dozen simians and some strange wondrous convergence in the universe, poetic things arise. Bogi Takács (e/em/eir/emself or they pronouns) is a Hungarian Jewish  author, editor, critic and scholar who's an immigrant to the US. Bogi  has won the Lambda and Hugo awards, and has been a finalist for other  awards. Eir debut poetry collection Algorithmic Shapeshifting and eir  debut short story collection The Trans Space Octopus Congregation were  both released in 2019, and eir second short story collection Power to  Yield and Other Stories came out just now. You can find Bogi on various  social media as bogiperson."Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 36: Writing Real World Religions
Apr 3 2024
Shining Moon Episode 36: Writing Real World Religions
Welcome to Shining Moon Episode 36, Writing Real World Religions. Priya Chand is a California transplant living in the Midwest, where she regularly cuts down trees and sets them on fire (as a certified volunteer forest steward). When she's not reading, writing, or eating, she enjoys swimming, martial arts, and naps. Her current big project is co-editing Reckoning 9. Find her at priyachandwrites.wordpress.comR. K. Duncan is a fat queer polyamorous wizard and author of fantasy, horror, and occasional sci-fi. He writes from a few rooms of a venerable West Philadelphia row home, where he dreams of travel and the demise of capitalism. His other full-time job is keeping house for himself and his live-in partner. Before settling on writing, he studied linguistics and philosophy at Haverford college. He attended Viable Paradise 23 in 2019. His occasional musings and links to other work can be found at rkduncan-author.com Zohar Jacobs is a Jewish writer who grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Oxford. She has a PhD in Modern History from the University of Oxford and works in cultural policy. A graduate of Viable Paradise, she has work published or forthcoming in the Sunday Morning Transport, Asimov's, Analog and Clarkesworld. You can find her on Twitter @zoharjacobsStories in this episode:Priya Chand“Optimizing the Path to Enlightenment,” June 2020, Clarkesworld. http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chand_06_20/ “Demeter Seeks Persephone in the year 2210.” Little Blue Marble, 2022. https://littlebluemarble.ca/2022/07/29/demeter-seeks-persephone-in-the-year-2210/Robin Duncan“A Circle of Steel and Bone,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, December 2018  https://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/a-circle-of-steel-and-bone/“Nemesis and the Sorcerer,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, October 2021. https://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/nemesis-and-the-sorcerer/Zohar Jacobs“The Enceladus South Pole Base Named after V.I. Lenin,” Clarkesworld, February 2024: https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/jacobs_02_24/“For Out of Tai Shan the Torah Shall Go Forth,” Sunday Morning Transport, March 2024.   https://www.sundaymorningtransport.com/p/for-out-of-tai-shan-the-torah-shallDavid Ebenbach “The Moon Rabbi,” Clarkesworld June 2023. https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ebenbach_06_23/"Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 35: Writing Fantasy Religions
Mar 27 2024
Shining Moon Episode 35: Writing Fantasy Religions
Samantha Mills is a Nebula, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winning author from Southern California. You can find her short fiction in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and others, as well as the best-of anthologies The New Voices of Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2023. Her debut novel, The Wings Upon Her Back is coming out in April 2024 through Tachyon Publications. You can find more at www.samtasticbooks.com.Risa Wolf is a multi-gendered water elemental disguised as an ink-stained lycanthrope. They come from the Burned-Over District in upstate New York and they imagine houses for book-ghosts for a living. Their writing can be found in Apex, Clarkesworld, and Diabolical Plots, among others. Visit them at killerpuppytails.com.Stories and Novels in this Episode:Samantha MillsThe Wings Upon Her Back, Tachyon Press, April 2024Risa Wolf"The First Promise We Break" (https://apex-magazine.com/short-fiction/the-first-promise-we-break/ "Delicate Situations" in the anthology 99 Fleeting Fantasies. https://www.amazon.com/99-Fleeting-Fantasies-Fantasy-Anthology/dp/1950701077 "The View," https://sarah-i-jackson.ghost.io/inner-worlds-1-the-view-risa-wolf/Sarah Jackson Great Mother Broth https://translunartravelerslounge.com/2023/02/15/great-mother-broth-by-sarah-jackson/ "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 34: Writing Media Tie-ins
Mar 20 2024
Shining Moon Episode 34: Writing Media Tie-ins
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 34, Writing Media Tie-Ins.  With me today are Marie Brennan, Kate Heartfield, and Caitlin J. Starling. Let’s get started with some introductions!Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly leans on her academic fields for inspiration. In addition to her tie-in work for Legend of the Five Rings, she is the author of more than twenty novels, more than eighty short stories, and a grand total of three poems. As half of M.A. Carrick, she is also the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy.Kate Heartfield’s latest novel, The Valkyrie, is a retelling of old legends. Her novel The Embroidered Book was a Sunday Times bestseller. Kate has written two Assassin’s Creed novels: The Magus Conspiracy and The Resurrection Plot. Her novels, novellas, short stories and games have won or been shortlisted for several major awards, including the Nebula, Aurora and World Fantasy awards. She is a former journalist who lives near Ottawa, Canada.Caitlin Starling is the bestselling author of The Death of Jane Lawrence, Last to Leave the Room, and the Bram Stoker-nominated The Luminous Dead. Her other works include Yellow Jessamine and a Vampire: The Masquerade novella, The Land of Milk and Honey (published in the collection Walk Among Us). Her nonfiction has appeared in Nightmare, Uncanny, and Tor Nightfire. Caitlin also works in narrative design, and has been paid to invent body parts."Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 33: Food and Foodways in Fiction
Mar 13 2024
Shining Moon Episode 33: Food and Foodways in Fiction
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Epsidoe 33: Food and Foodways in Fiction. With me today are Beth Cato, P.A. Cornell, Amelia Gorman, Nibedita Sen, and D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Let’s get started with some introductions!Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of A THOUSAND RECIPES FOR REVENGE and A FEAST FOR STARVING STONE from 47North. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.P.A. Cornell is an award-winning Chilean-Canadian author who has published over thirty original pieces of short fiction in magazines like, Lightspeed, Apex, and Fantasy. For more on the author and her work, visit pacornell.com.Amelia Gorman lives in Eureka where she spends her free time exploring tidepools and redwoods with her dogs and foster dogs. Her first chapbook, the Elgin-winning Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota, is available from Interstellar Flight Press. Her microchapbook, The Worm Sonnets, is available from The Quarter Press.Nibedita Sen is a Hugo, Nebula, and Ignyte Award-nominated queer Bengali writer from Calcutta, and a graduate of Clarion West 2015 whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Uncanny, Podcastle, Nightmare and Fireside. She accumulated a number of English degrees in India before deciding she wanted another in creative writing, and that she was going to move halfway across the world for it.D.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals, reappearing in Hawai’i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Her work appears in Clarkesworld, Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, Uncanny and elsewhere. Stories in this episode:Beth Cato"The Recipe Keeper" https://www.flashfictiononline.com/article/the-recipe-keeper/ “How to Creatively Host Cheese Parties During and After the Apocalypse" https://hexagonmagazine.ca/issue-10-fall-2022/ Issue 10, Fall 2022 PA Cornell“How to Impress a Top Food Critic and Put your Restaurant on the Galactic Map,” Drabblecast, September 2022. https://www.drabblecast.org/2022/09/29/drabblecast-461-how-to-impress-a-top-food-critic-and-put-your-restaurant-on-the-galactic-map/ Amelia Gorman"She Makes the Deep Boil" appeared in the Sharp & Sugar Tooth anthology  from Upper Rubber Boot Books."The Lure Courses" from Zoetic Press's Heathentide Orphans collection.Nibedita Sen“Advice for Your First Time at the Faerie Market,” Fireside 2019. https://firesidefiction.com/advice-for-your-first-time-at-the-faerie-market“Never Yawn Under a Banyan Tree,” Anathema Magazine, 2017. http://www.anathemamag.com/never-yawn-under-a-banyan-treeD.A. Xiaolin Spires"Last Wishes" in Clarkesworld, October 2020. "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 32: Novella Writing
Mar 6 2024
Shining Moon Episode 32: Novella Writing
Bendi Barrett is a queer Black creator of speculative work in both fiction and interactive game narratives. His debut novella, Empire of the Feast, was a 2023 Ignyte award finalist for Best Novella. His work has appeared in Baffling Mag, PANK magazine, and several anthologies including the BSFA awards long-listed Luminescent Machinations. He also writes erotic fiction and games under the pen name Benji Bright. Nonetheless, his mother has implied she is very proud of him. |  Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and a technologist with five patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published over 50 short stories in such magazines as Nature, PodCastle, and Galaxy's Edge. His noir urban fantasy novella series consisting of The Demons of Wall Street, The Demons of the Square Mile, and The Demons of Chiyoda has just added a new volume, The Demons of Montmartre, while his standalone novel The World's Shattered Shell has also recently been published.  P.A. Cornell is a Chilean-Canadian graduate of the Odyssey workshop who has published over thirty original pieces of short fiction in respected genre magazines including, Lightspeed, Apex, and Fantasy. Her work has also appeared in over twenty anthologies, including Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. 1, which also listed her debut science fiction novella, Lost Cargo, as one of the best of 2022. Her story, “Splits,” went on to win Canada’s 2022 Short Works Prize and most recently she was long-listed for the BSFA Awards for her story, “Things Most Meaningful.” When not writing, Cornell can be found assembling intricate Lego builds or drinking ridiculous quantities of tea. Sometimes both. For more on the author and her work, visit her website pacornell.com. Premee Mohamed is a Nebula, World Fantasy, and Aurora award-winning Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Ignyte, Locus, British Fantasy, and Crawford awards. She is the author of the 'Beneath the Rising' series of novels as well as several novellas. Her short fiction has appeared in many venues and she can be found on her website at www.premeemohamed.com. Stories in this episode:Bendi Barrett, Empire of the Feast, Neon Hemlock Press, 2023. https://www.neonhemlock.com/books/empire-of-the-feast  Laurence Raphael Brothers, Pâtissier et Étranger, Brigid’s Gate Press, pending publication.P.A. Cornell, Lost Cargo Mocha Memoirs Press 2022.  https://mochamemoirspress.com/product/lost-cargo/Premee Mohamed THE BUTCHER OF THE FOREST, Tordotcom Feb 27, 2024. https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250881786/thebutcheroftheforest "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 31: Non-Western Fantasy
Feb 28 2024
Shining Moon Episode 31: Non-Western Fantasy
Hello and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 31, Non-Western Fantasy! With me today are Tina Zhu, Osahon Ize-iyamu, and Liza Wemakor. Let’s get started with some introductions!We had some audio problems with Osahon's feed in places. Please be patient with the technology. Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of speculative fiction. A graduate of the Alpha and Clarion Writers Workshop, he has been published in magazines like Clarkesworld, Nightmare, The Rumpus, and Strange Horizons. You can find him online @osahon4545.Liza Wemakor is a writer and a Ph.D. student in UC Riverside's English Department. She writes and studies speculative fiction and Black American literature. Her writing has been published in Strange Horizons, Anathema Magazine, Baffling Magazine, Prismatica Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a member of the 2023 Clarion West Writers' Workshop cohort, and her debut novella (Loving Safoa) was published in February 2024.Tina S. Zhu was born in a suburb outside Tokyo to Chinese parents and mostly raised in a rotating cast of small American towns. She is currently based in New York City, where she writes from her kitchen table. Her work has appeared in Tor.com, Lightspeed, Fireside, and other places. She also reviews books for Strange Horizons. You can find her at tinaszhu.com. Stories in this episode:Osahon Ize-Iyamu Last ritual of the smoke eaters Lightspeed, November 2023. Tina Zhu"One for Sorrow, Two for Mirth."  This was published as part of Strange Horizons' Wuxia and Xianxia special issue.   Liza Wemakor“Loving Safoa,” Neon Hemlock, 2024. Nghi Vo"Boiled Bones and Black Eggs" Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #275, April 11, 2019 "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 30: A Walk in the Dark II
Feb 21 2024
Shining Moon Episode 30: A Walk in the Dark II
Tara Campbell :  www.taracampbell.com.Kat Day writes regular flash for her blog, thefictionphial.wordpress.com.     Lindz McLeod: https://lindzmcleod.co.uk/ Suzan Palumbo:  suzanpalumbo.wordpress.com.  Sam W. Pisciotta:  www.silo34.com or @Silo34 on X and Instagram.Stories on this episodeTara Campbell“Spencer,” Speculative City #7. https://speculativecity.com/fiction/spencer/“Sasabonsam,” Strange Horizons, December 11, 2017  http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/sasabonsam/ Kat Day“When I Was Young, I Did Not Need Magic,”  PseudoPod 832 October 14, 2022 https://pseudopod.org/2022/10/14/pseudopod-832-flash-on-the-borderlands-lxiii-respect-your-elders/Lindz McLeod'Sunbathers', Cosmic Horror Monthly. Suzan Palumbo“Douen” -- https://www.thedarkmagazine.com/douen/  and https://pseudopod.org/2023/12/09/pseudopod-896-douen/ Sam W. Pisciotta“Words for the Dead,” Spirits and Ghouls Flametree Anthology.  “Blue Line on a Winter’s Night,” Factor Four, https://factorfourmag.com/blue-line-on-a-winters-night-by-sam-w-pisciotta/ J.S. Breukelaar  “Auscultation” in The Dark. https://www.thedarkmagazine.com/auscultation/ "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 29: YA and Middle-grade Fiction
Feb 14 2024
Shining Moon Episode 29: YA and Middle-grade Fiction
Note: There are some audio problems in this episode that I have been unable to correct. My apologies. David Anaxagoras is a writer and former teacher from southern California. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed and The Dread Machine. He is the creator and co-executive producer of the Amazon series Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, for which he received a WGA Award nomination. He currently lives in Texas (but not on purpose) where he's at work on his second middle-grade novel. Visit his website at davidanaxagoras.com.Alicia Hilton is an author, editor, arbitrator, professor, and former FBI Special Agent. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Creepy Podcast, Lovecraftiana, Neon, Vastarien, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volumes 4, 5 & 6, and elsewhere. Her website is https://aliciahilton.com. Follow her on Twitter @aliciahilton01 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alicia.hilton.161/Nicole M. Wolverton is the author of the upcoming young adult horror novel A Misfortune of Lake Monsters (July 2024) and the adult psychological thriller The Trajectory of Dreams (2013). She served as Editor of Bodies Full of Burning (2021), an anthology of short horror fiction through the lens of menopause and is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer of short stories and creative nonfiction. Nicole’s work has been published in over forty anthologies, magazines, and podcasts.Stories covered in this Episode:David Anaxagoras “The Boy Who Ran from His Faerie Heart,” Lightspeed, August 2023 (Issue 159) https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-boy-who-ran-from-his-faerie-heart/ “We Shall Not Be Bitter at the End of the World,” Lightspeed, January 2024 (Issue 164) https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/we-shall-not-be-bitter-at-the-end-of-the-world/Alicia Hilton“Perfumer in Purgatory”, Dreamforge https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/dreamforge/stories/show/the-perfumer-in-purgatory“Evolution” first published in the anthology Annihilation Radiation, and will be reprinted in the AI, Robot anthology from JayHenge.Nicole M. Wolverton "From Shore to Sea" was originally published in the Autumn 2023 issue of The Colored Lens. “The North American Guide to Animal Slaughter” was originally published in the December 2020 anthology Slashertorte. Premee Mohamed “From the Journal of Sawyer L. Gibbs, Hero, Aged 13 ½," Small Wonders:   https://smallwondersmag.com/pieces/from-the-journal-of-sawyer-l-gibbs-hero/ "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 28: Cozy Fantasy and Hopepunk
Feb 7 2024
Shining Moon Episode 28: Cozy Fantasy and Hopepunk
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon episode 28, Cozy Fantasy and Hopepunk. I’m your host, Deborah L. Davitt. This week we’ll be having a conversation with M. E. (Mary) Garber, Susan Kaye Quinn, and John Wiswell. Itinerant writer M. E. Garber currently lives halfway between the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World, an ideal place for writing speculative fiction. When not writing, she’s often sipping tea, snapping pics, or tending orchids, sometimes all at once. Visit her online at  http://megarber.net or on Mastodon @megarber@wandering.shopSusan Kaye Quinn is an environmental engineer/rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from hopepunk climate fiction to gritty cyberpunk to steampunk romance. Her short fiction can be found in DreamForge, Grist, Reckoning, and more. All her novels and short fiction can be found on her website: www.susankayequinn.com.John Wiswell is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. He is a winner of the Nebula Award for Best Short Story for "Open House on Haunted Hill," and the Locus Award for Best Novelette for "That Story Isn't The Story." His fiction has been translated into ten languages. His debut novel, SOMEONE YOU CAN BUILD A NEST IN, is forthcoming from DAW Books and Jo Fletcher Books on April 2nd, 2024. He would like to hug a kaiju. Stories featured on this episode:M.E. Garber“Two Letters Crossing Paths Through the FairyMail,” forthcoming in 99 Fleeting Fantasies anthology.“The Giveaway Box,” First published in Abyss & Apex, Oct 2015.Susan Kaye Quinn"The Joy Fund," DreamForge, https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/dreamforge/stories/show/the-joy-fund-susan-kaye-quinn John Wiswell“Open House on Haunted Hill,” Diabolical Plots #64A, June 15, 2020, https://www.diabolicalplots.com/dp-fiction-64a-open-house-on-haunted-hill-by-john-wiswell/ “The First Stop is always the Last” Flash Fiction Online, December 2017, https://www.flashfictiononline.com/article/first-stop/ “Found Day,” By Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Daily Science Fiction, September 10th, 2015 https://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/magic-realism/jennifer-campbell-hicks/found-day “Laser Squid Goes House-Hunting,”by Douglas DiCicco Escape Pod 850 August 18, 2022. https://escapepod.org/2022/08/18/escape-pod-850-laser-squid-goes-house-hunting/ "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 27: Shared Visions, or Writing with a Co-Author
Jan 31 2024
Shining Moon Episode 27: Shared Visions, or Writing with a Co-Author
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 27, Shared Visions: Writing with a co-author. With me today are writing partners Kathy Bailey and Kurt Pankau as well as  Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms, who write together as M.A. Carrick. Let’s get started with some introductions!Kathy Bailey writes romance, poetry, science fiction, and women's kaiju. She's currently working on a series of romance novels set in national parks. Before focusing on fiction, she was a newspaper reporter at the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Examiner. She's also written three guidebooks about exploring the outdoors on foot and by bicycle. She currently lives in the American Midwest with three kids, two dogs, and one husband. Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly leans on her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Game of 100 Candles and the short novel Driftwood, along with over eighty short stories. As half of M.A. Carrick, she is also the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. For more information and social media, visit linktr.ee/swan_tower.Alyc Helms prefers tea over all other beverages. They sometimes refer to their work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is a fancy way to say that they are obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes (and tea!). They are the author of the Adventures of Mr. Mystic novels from Angry Robot and, as M.A. Carrick, the co-author (with Marie Brennan) of the Rook & Rose trilogy from Orbit Books.Kurt Pankau is a professional computer whisperer who also moonlights as a sci-fi author, musician, and humorist. His short stories have appeared in such venues as Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. He is the author of "High Noon on Phobos: A Blaze McGregor Adventure" and the creator of "Uncle Fluffy's Post-Apocalyptic Sing-Along." He lives in the Midwest, where he obsesses about board games and Zelda."Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 26: When the Fic is Quick II
Jan 24 2024
Shining Moon Episode 26: When the Fic is Quick II
Amanda Helms (she/her) is a biracial Black/white fantasy, science fiction, and sometimes horror writer whose stories have appeared in FIYAH, Lightspeed, Nature: Futures, and other fine venues. She lives with her family in Colorado. Though all of them are natives, none ski or snowboard, proving that such creatures indeed exist. Find her at amandahelms.com, on Instagram @amandaghelms, or Bluesky @amandaghelms.bsky.social. Vylar Kaftan has published over fifty short stories in magazines such as Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and Clarkesworld. Her alternate history novella “The Weight of the Sunrise” won the Nebula and Sidewise awards. Her queer psychic thriller “Her Silhouette Drawn in Water” is available through Tor.com.  Aimee Picchi is a journalist by day and Nebula-nominated science fiction and fantasy writer by night. Her short fiction has been published in Nightmare Magazine, The Deadlands, Apex and Podcastle, among other fine publications. She’s a former classical musician (viola) who graduated from University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her family. You can find her online at aimeepicchi.com or on Twitter at @aimeepicchi. Stories in this episode:Amanda Helms“Shopping at the Soul Patch Consignment Store” Worlds of Possibility, August 2023. https://www.juliarios.com/introducing-the-august-2023-issue-of-worlds-of-possibility/ “Sunnyside Daycare Employees’ Chat Log, Post Alien Takeover,” Small Wonders Magazine, 2022  https://smallwondersmag.com/piece/sunnyside-daycare-employees-chat-log-post-alien-takeover/  Vylar Kaftan“Scar Stories,” Bandersnatch  anthology, 2007. https://vylarkaftan.com/bibliography/2007-2/scar-stories/ “What President Polk Said,” Phantom, https://vylarkaftan.com/bibliography/2009-2/what-president-polk-said/ Aimee Picchi“9 Lies You Tell Yourself about Ghost Hunting” https://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/9-lies-you-tell-yourself-about-ghost-hunting/ “Advanced Problems in Word Math,” Daily Science Fiction, January 3rd, 2020 https://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/other-worlds-fantasy/aimee-picchi/advanced-word-problems-in-portal-math “Four Years Minus Twelve Days” by Samantha Murray , Lightspeed Mar. 2023 (Issue 154). “The Third Martian Dick Temple” by Sheila Marie Borideux, Daily Science Fiction, May 23rd, 2018 "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 25: When the Fic is Quick I
Jan 17 2024
Shining Moon Episode 25: When the Fic is Quick I
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 25, Flash Fiction: When the Fic is Quick. I’m your host, Deborah L. Davitt. With me today are Kat Day and Michael Haynes as we’ll discuss the art of writing flash fiction—stories that are under 1,000 words in length. Let’s get started with some introductions. Kat Day is an editor and writer who lives in Oxfordshire. By day, she works as a medical editor, looks after her two children and wrangles the PseudoPod Towers tentacles into producing horror stories every week. By night she... does all the things she hasn't managed to do during the day. Her work has been published at venues including Flash Fiction Online, Cast of Wonders and Daily Science Fiction, and she writes regular flash for her blog, thefictionphial.wordpress.com.     Michael Haynes is an ardent short story reader and writer, who has had stories appear in periodicals such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. His debut short fiction collection, AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOVE AND DEATH, is available now. He serves on the board of Rainbow Dublin, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy group, and enjoys photography, cooking, and travel. His website is http://michaelhaynes.info/ Stories discussed in this episode:Kat Day“Never Enough Pockets,” PseudoPod 798: Flash on the Borderlands LX: Words Like Violence Michael Haynes"1-800-Prophcy" Stupefying Stories, https://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2023/09/1-800-prophcy-by-michael-haynes.html  “A Book in Winter,” Factor Four, https://factorfourmag.com/a-book-in-winter-by-michael-haynes/  Other folks“The Inheritance of Dust and Leather,” by Jenny Rae Rappaport., Lightspeed, September 2022.  https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-inheritance-of-dust-and-leather/ “Choose Your Own” by C.J. Lavigne, Daily Science Fiction,  https://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/virtual-reality/c-j-lavigne/choose-your-own“My Summer of George,” by Sam Rebelein, PseudoPod 888: Flash on the Borderlands LXVIII: Actualization"Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shinging Moon Episode 24: Environmental and Cli-Fi II
Dec 27 2023
Shinging Moon Episode 24: Environmental and Cli-Fi II
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 24. Today we’ll return to the themes of environmental fiction, cli-fi, and solarpunk, on what will be our last episode for the year. Joining me today are Priya Chand,  Amelia Gorman, Floris Kleijne, and Tehnuka. Let’s get started with some introductions. Priya Chand is a California transplant living in the Midwest, where she regularly cuts down trees and sets them on fire (as a certified volunteer forest steward). When she's not reading, writing, or eating, she enjoys swimming, martial arts, and naps.Amelia Gorman lives on California's redwood coast, where she spends her free time removing invasive ivy from the forests, and trash and sea urchins from the beach. Her chapbook, Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota, from Interstellar Flight Press, won the 2022 Elgin Award. Other climate related poems of hers can be read in The Gargoylicon, Eye to the Telescope, and Parks & Points.Floris M. Kleijne  (Floor-is Kleine) juggles two writing careers while paying the bills with an unrelated day job. In English, he’s the author of some fifty speculative fiction stories, some of them award-winning. In Dutch, and without middle initial, he’s an acclaimed thriller writer. In between, he translates.Tehnuka (she/they) is a Tamil tauiwi writer and volcanologist from Aotearoa New Zealand. She was a finalist for the Imagine 2200 climate fiction contest, and the winner of the 2023 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent in speculative fiction. Stories and poems and collections featured in this episode:Priya Chand“On the Destruction and Restoration of Habitats,” Reckoning, February 20, 2021. https://reckoning.press/on-the-destruction-and-restoration-of-habitats/ “Demeter Seeks Persephone in the Year 2210,” Little Blue Marble, July 29, 2022. http://littlebluemarble.ca/2022/07/29/demeter-seeks-persephone-in-the-year-2210/Amelia Gorman"Field Guide to the Invasive Species of Minnesota," https://www.interstellarflightpress.com/fieldguide.htmlhttps://www.interstellarflightpress.com/fieldguide.html Floris M. Kleijne“An Oasis of Amends,” Reckoning 2, May 2018, https://reckoning.press/an-oasis-of-amends/ “Encroachment” Little Blue Marble, May 2020, https://littlebluemarble.ca/2020/05/08/encroachment/  Tehnuka“El, the Plastotrophs, and Me,” Grist’s Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction contest, Sep 14, 2021. https://grist.org/fix/arts-culture/imagine-2200-climate-fiction-el-the-plastotrophs-and-me/ “Why we Bury our Dead at Sea,” Reckoning 7, January 29, 2023. https://reckoning.press/why-we-bury-our-dead-at-sea/Mo Usavage“What it Means to Love a City,” Reckoning 7, July 2, 2023. https://r"Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 23: Mythology, Folklore, and Prehistoric Fiction
Dec 20 2023
Shining Moon Episode 23: Mythology, Folklore, and Prehistoric Fiction
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 23. Today we’ll be talking about mythology, folklore, and prehistoric fiction. My guests today are Robin Duncan, Jelena Dunato, Sam W. Pisciotta.  Let’s start with some introductions. R. K. Duncan is a fat queer polyamorous wizard and author of fantasy, horror, and occasional sci-fi. He writes from a few rooms of a venerable West Philadelphia row home, where he dreams of travel and the demise of capitalism. His other full-time job is keeping house for himself and his live-in partner. Before settling on writing, he studied linguistics and philosophy at Haverford college. He attended Viable Paradise 23 in 2019. His occasional musings and links to other work can be found at rkduncan-author.com Jelena Dunato  is an art historian, curator, speculative fiction writer and lover of all things ancient. She grew up in Croatia on a steady diet of adventure novels and then wandered the world for a decade, building a career in the arts.  Jelena’s stories have been published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Future SF and Mermaids Monthly, among others. Her debut novel, "Dark Woods, Deep Water” is available from Ghost Orchid Press. She is a member of SFWA and Codex.Jelena lives on an island in the Adriatic with her husband, daughter and cat.Twitter - @jelenawritesBluesky - @jelenawrites.bsky.socialInsta - jelena_author  Sam W. Pisciotta holds an M.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Colorado. He is a recent graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. He is a member of SFWA, HWA, and Codex Writers. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, PodCastle, and other fine publications. His award-winning artwork has been shown throughout Colorado. Follow him at www.silo34.com.Stories featured in this episode:R.K. Duncan"Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories," Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #304, May 21, 2020 https://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/clever-jack-heavy-with-stories/ "Eat the World,"  Lackington’s, Issue 25, 2022. https://lackingtons.com/2022/08/03/eat-the-world-by-r-k-duncan/ Jelana Dunato"Immortelle" The Dark. https://www.thedarkmagazine.com/immortelle/ “The Collector” Cossmass Infinities #6, December 12, 2021, https://www.cossmass.com/stories/the-collector/ Sam W. Pisciotta“Song of Nyx” forthcoming in Analog, January 2024.“The Island of Dolls” Ghostlore Anthology by Alternative Stories Podcast. April 1, 2022"Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com
Shining Moon Episode 22: Environmental Fiction, Cli-Fi, and Solarpunk
Dec 13 2023
Shining Moon Episode 22: Environmental Fiction, Cli-Fi, and Solarpunk
Hello, and welcome to Shining Moon Episode 22. Today we’ll be talking about environmental science fiction, cli-fi, solarpunk, and maybe even hopepunk. My guests today are Renan Bernado, Cecile Cristofari, and Susan Kaye Quinn. Stories featured in this episode:Renan Berando:"A Shoreline of Oil and Infinity," Escape Pod #863, https://escapepod.org/2022/11/17/escape-pod-863-a-shoreline-of-oil-and-infinity/ "Eight Steps to Steal a Yacht and Build a Hospital: Solarpunk Magazine issue #8.Cecile Cristofari:'Que la grenade est touchante' (Lackington's, Issue 24 (Fall 2021)) https://lackingtons.com/2022/08/03/que-la-grenade-est-touchante-by-cecile-cristofari/ "The Fishery," (Interzone Digital). https://interzone.digital/the-fishery/ Susan Kaye Quinn:“Seven Sisters” (Grist, Imagine 2200, Oct 04, 2022)  https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction/imagine-2200-seven-sisters/ Rewilding Indiana (Little Blue Marble,  May 26, 2023 ) https://littlebluemarble.ca/2023/05/26/rewilding-indiana/  T.K. Rex :A Holdout in the Northern California Designated Wildcraft Zone  (Grist, Oct 04, 2022)  https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction/imagine-2200-holdout-in-the-northern-california-designated-wildcraft-zone "Don't tell me that the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -- Anton Chekov Piano music for closureThank you for listening to Shining Moon! You can reach the host, Deborah L. Davitt, at the following social media platforms:www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3 Bluesky: @deborahldavitt.bsky.socialwww.deborahldavitt.com