We are so excited today to have our first poet, A. J. Odasso read for us. She is graciously sharing three poems: Parallax, Nothing Goes Away and Ace of Spades.
Author Dawn Vogel reads Nochevieja, a New Years’ Eve story set in the Cobalt City universe. Nochevieja was originally published in Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder.
Please read her interview here on writing in shared universes.
Thanks for reading for us!
Covers by Luke Spooner*
Today Dawn Vogel has agreed to talk to us today about writing in shared universes.
GC: Dawn please tell us about yourself. What do you write? What themes tend to appear in your work? Which writers have influenced you?
I’m a Midwest native who transplanted herself to the West Coast almost 10 years ago. Though I’ve been writing all my life, I started getting serious about it after my transplanting. I write speculative fiction, though I tend toward a lot of fantasy, steampunk, and alternate history. Most of what I write is short stories, but I have published one novella, and my first novel is due out in 2017.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been grappling with a singular question: Has African science fiction influenced African technology and design? The answer is, well: yes and no. Science fiction and science fact have always been linked to each other, and it’s no different in Africa. The problem is that there just isn’t enough home-grown scientific innovation or science fiction in film and literature to say exactly how the two influence each other. And for a lot of the same reasons.
She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press, 2015) is an anthology of stories set within the Lovecraftian Mythos, all of which are written by women. While all of the stories contain horror elements, they range between funny and truly terrifying, hitting all of the points in between.