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The Fictitious podcast, hosted by Adron Buske, delves into the craft of Science Fiction and Fantasy storytelling through interviews with authors and other professional writers. These conversations examine the writing process, techniques, and work habits of passionate creators and explore their most … read more

42 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters

September 10th, 2019


Recorded live at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, this panel discussion is called 10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters. It features an awesome group of writers: Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles,


September 3rd, 2019


Hugo Award-winner Alix E. Harrow is the author of the historical portal fantasy, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY (Orbit Books / Red Hook). In the early years of the 20th century, a young girl named January finds …


August 26th, 2019


Katy Rose Pool is the debut author of the young adult fantasy novel, THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS. It’s a world shaped by seven great prophets who, …


August 19th, 2019


K. A. Doore is author of THE PERFECT ASSASSIN, a suspense-driven fantasy adventure set in a sand-strewn city of platforms rising above the desert wastes. A young historian takes his first rooftop leaps into the life of …

Evan Winter, THE RAGE OF DRAGONS author

August 12th, 2019


Evan Winter is the author of the epic fantasy debut, THE RAGE OF DRAGONS (Orbit Books). In a caste-driven society that has known only war for generations, a low-born commoner name Tau's life is destroyed by the very …

Mary E. Pearson, VOW OF THIEVES author

August 5th, 2019


Mary E. Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of the REMNANT CHRONICLES young adult fantasy series. Last year she released DANCE OF …

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR author

July 29th, 2019


Fonda Lee is the author of JADE WAR (Orbit Books). Her early works were the acclaimed young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo, and Crossfire

J. Michael Straczynski, Becoming Superman author

July 22nd, 2019


J. Michael Straczynski is well known in science fiction fandom for creating the seminal TV series BABYLON 5, and recently SENSE8 with the Wachowskis for Netflix. His body of work includes the films Changeling and …

Season 3 Wrap-Up

June 14th, 2019


This is the wrap-up episode for Season 3 of Fictitious. I'll be taking a short summer break to catch up on some reading, do some traveling, and work on a few projects, including updates to the show's website. Fictitious …

Megan E. O'Keefe, Velocity Weapon author

June 6th, 2019


Megan E. O’Keefe is the author of the new space opera novel, VELOCITY WEAPON (Orbit Books). Gunnery Sergeant Sanda Greeve awakens aboard an unmanned enemy ship to discover she has lost a leg, lost her entire planet, and …

Keith R.A. DeCandido, "A Furnace Sealed" author

May 16th, 2019


Keith R.A. DeCandido is a prolific author known for his work with media tie-ins, including Alien, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, …

Caitlin Starling, "The Luminous Dead" author

April 26th, 2019


Caitlin Starling is the author of The Luminous Dead. It's a paranoia-drenched sci-fi tale that follows a young woman named Gyre on a solo expedition …

Story Unlimited: Using Non-Traditional Methods and Media to Tell Your Story

April 16th, 2019


Do you have a story to tell, but struggle writing that traditional novel, comic, or screenplay? Modern media presents you with extraordinary new options to tell your tale and win an audience. Whether it's a podcast, …

Dan Stout, "Titanshade" author

April 5th, 2019


Dan Stout is author of the debut novel Titanshade. It's a hard-boiled cop drama set in a 1970’s-esque fantasy world, where the titular …

Kat Howard, "A Cathedral of Myth and Bone" author

March 26th, 2019


Kat Howard is the award-winning author of the novels Roses and Rot, and An Unkindness of Magicians. Her latest book is a collection of short fiction …

Shaun Barger, "Mage Against the Machine" Author

March 4th, 2019


Mage Against The Machine, the debut novel from author Shaun Barger, is an explosive and emotional collision between fantasy and science fiction. It …

Gwenda Bond, "Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds" Author

February 18th, 2019


Gwenda Bond's work includes a trilogy of Lois Lane YA novels, and the "Cirque American" book series, as well as the audio drama podcast "Dead Air". Her latest novel, "Suspicious Minds", is the first official "Stranger …

Gareth Hanrahan, "The Gutter Prayer" Author

February 4th, 2019


Gareth Hanrahan is an author and role playing game writer/designer. His new novel, The Gutter Prayer, is a brilliant mash-up of fantasy, alchemical …

Jordanna Max Brodsky, "The Wolf in the Whale" Author

January 28th, 2019


Jordanna Max Brodsky's previous series, the Olympus Bound trilogy, found the ancient gods of Greece living in modern Manhattan. Her passion for …

S.A. Chakraborty, "The Kingdom of Copper" Author

January 21st, 2019


S.A. Chakraborty is the author of The Daevabad trilogy, which includes her acclaimed debut novel The City of Brass, and its sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, which is available January 22nd, 2019 from Harper Voyager. It’s …

Book Review: "The Test" by Sylvain Neuvel

January 19th, 2019


Fleeting and unsubtle, Sylvain Neuvel's The Test is, appropriately, all about choices. What decisions will a person make when their future is on the line? How do those choices change under pressure, when the lives of …

Roshani Chokshi, "The Gilded Wolves" Author

January 14th, 2019


Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. Her latest novel, the young adult fantasy

Book Review: Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

January 11th, 2019


Fictitious Bonus Book Review: Bleak, propulsive, and frighteningly plausible, Robert Jackson Bennett’s concise novella Vigilance examines an America …

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters

January 7th, 2019


Recorded at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, this live panel discussion features super-star TV-scribe Jane Espenson, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Isaac Marion, "The Living" and "Warm Bodies" Author

December 14th, 2018


Isaac Marion is the author of the "Warm Bodies" series, which views the zombie apocalypse from the unique perspective of one of the Dead (who is trying very hard not to be). The bestselling first novel has been …

Grady Hendrix, "We Sold Our Souls" Author

December 3rd, 2018


Bram Stoker award-winning author Grady Hendrix's latest novel, "We Sold Our Souls", is out now from Quirk Books. It's a paranoia-drenched dark …

Tade Thompson, "Rosewater" Author

November 9th, 2018


Tade Thompson is the author of the award-winning, near-future sci-fi novel "Rosewater" (Orbit Books), set in Nigeria in 2066. The first novel in the …

Bonus: NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

November 2nd, 2018


This bonus episode features Grant Faulkner, the executive director of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The interview originally aired in …

Nicholas Eames, "Kings of the Wyld" and "Bloody Rose" Author

October 11th, 2018


Nicholas Eames is author of the breakout epic fantasy debut "Kings of the Wyld" (Orbit Books), the first in "The Band" series. The sequel, "Bloody …

Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy

October 3rd, 2018


Recorded live at San Diego Comic Con 2018, the "Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy" panel features authors Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Robert Jackson Bennett (Foundryside), Jason …

R.F. Kuang, "The Poppy War" Author

September 5th, 2018


Author R.F. Kuang talks with Adron about her debut novel, The Poppy War (Harper Voyager). They discuss her writing process for the grim fantasy, its roots in the 20th-century history of China, and the influences of …

Robert Jackson Bennett, "Foundryside" Author

August 27th, 2018


Hugo-nominated author Robert Jackson Bennett (The Divine Cities Trilogy) talks with Adron about the creation process for his latest fantasy novel, Foundryside, which was just released by Crown Publishing. 

Jason Denzel, "Mystic" and "Mystic Dragon" Author

August 21st, 2018


Jason Denzel, the author of fantasy novels "Mystic" and "Mystic Dragon" (TOR publishing), discusses his storytelling process and influences for creating the "Mystic" trilogy. Jason is a filmmaker, and the founder of …

Season 2 Announcement: Fictitious Relaunch

August 17th, 2018


This is Fictitious, a podcast about the Storytelling Craft of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Adron Buske.

Fictitious features my interviews …

Leigh Bardugo, "The Language of Thorns", "Six of Crows"

September 26th, 2017


Our guest this episode is Leigh Bardugo, New York Times #1 bestselling author and the creator of the Grishaverse, a young adult fantasy series which …

Robin Furth, "The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance" Author

September 14th, 2017


We’re joined by Robin Furth, author of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance and co-writer of the Marvel Comics Dark Tower series. …

Vivian Shaw, "Strange Practice" Author

July 30th, 2017


This episode features author Vivian Shaw, whose debut novel — Strange Practice — was just released from Orbit Books. Strange Practice introduces Dr. Greta Helsing, a normal human physician working to keep the …

Rebecca Zanetti, "Lethal Lies" Author

June 19th, 2017


Our guest is Rebecca Zanetti, a prolific author of dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She's published more than 25 …

Lauren Shippen, "The Bright Sessions" writer/creator

June 5th, 2017


We talk with Lauren Shippen, the writer and creator of The Bright Sessions, a science fiction audio drama about people with supernatural abilities - in therapy. It’s a serialized podcast where each episode is a therapy …

Daniel H. Wilson, "Press Start to Play" Editor

June 5th, 2017


This rebroadcast episode was recorded at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis. His books also include How to Survive a Robot …

Mary Robinette Kowal, "Ghost Talkers" Author

June 5th, 2017


Hugo-award winning author Mary Robinette-Kowal spoke with us during the release of her novel "Ghost Talkers", a historical fantasy set in Europe during World War I. We talk about how that novel came together, and we …

Introduction to Fictitious

June 5th, 2017


Fictitious is a new podcast about writing and genre storytelling, presented by Nerd For A Living and hosted by Adron Buske.

We will delve into the storytelling process and business of writing for genre entertainment. …

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