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Fictitious

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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

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B.B. Alston, AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS author

January 25th, 2021

37:45

In this episode I’m talking with B.B. Alston, author of AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS.

Amari is a 13-year old girl from the projects, attending a …

Joshua Phillip Johnson, THE FOREVER SEA author

January 18th, 2021

49:45

I'm joined in this episode by Joshua Phillip Johnson, author of THE FOREVER SEA. This startlingly unique fantasy novel takes place in a water-scarce world completely covered by endless vegetation, where—instead of …

Greta Kelly, THE FROZEN CROWN author

January 12th, 2021

45:30

Greta Kelly is the author of the debut fantasy novel, THE FROZEN CROWN. Violently displaced from the wild beauty of her homeland by a ruthless …

Cass Morris, GIVE WAY TO NIGHT author

January 4th, 2021

51:05

In this episode I’m talking with Cass Morris, author of GIVE WAY TO NIGHT, the sequel to the historically-inspired fantasy FROM UNSEEN FIRE

This series, called the AVEN CYCLE, explores a Roman-esque empire filled with …

Alexandra Monir, BLACK CANARY: BREAKING SILENCE author

December 18th, 2020

53:33

BLACK CANARY: BREAKING SILENCE author Alexandra Monir talks about writing for the DC Icons young adult series, adapting the fan-favorite Black Canary …

Evie Green, WE HEAR VOICES author

December 10th, 2020

47:34

WE HEAR VOICES author Evie Green talks about creating her new horror / science fiction novel. We discuss her leap into horror after writing many thriller and YA books, juggling complicated thematic elements, and why …

Duncan Swan, MONSTRE VOLUME ONE author

December 1st, 2020

48:49

MONSTRE VOL. ONE author Duncan Swan talks about launching his debut sci-fi/horror thriller via a successful Kickstarter campaign, the decision to …

Essa Hansen, NOPHEK GLOSS author

November 7th, 2020

46:08

Essa Hansen is the author of NOPHEK GLOSS. This debut science fiction adventure follows Caiden, a teenage mechanic who discovers his simple but …

Alix E. Harrow, THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES author

October 16th, 2020

46:53

I’m pleased to welcome author Alix E. Harrow back to the show. Alix’s debut fantasy novel, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY, got nominated for—like—all the major awards, was on all of the best-of lists, and was …

Leigh Bardugo, THE LIVES OF SAINTS author

October 8th, 2020

57:30

In this episode, I’m pleased to be joined again by author Leigh Bardugo. She's well known for her expansive Grishaverse series of young adult fantasy …

Ryan Van Loan, THE SIN IN THE STEEL author

September 24th, 2020

44:55

In this episode, I’m joined by Ryan Van Loan, author of THE SIN IN THE STEEL. This debut Fantasy adventure sets a Sherlockian teenage street rat …

Andrea Stewart, THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER author

September 10th, 2020

43:25

I’m joined in this episode by Andrea Stewart, author of THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER. This outstanding Fantasy debut novel features seafaring adventures, a unique and cruel magic system, an ambitious Emperor’s daughter with …

Richard Kadrey, BALLISTIC KISS (Sandman Slim series) author

August 25th, 2020

48:21

I’m joined in this episode by Richard Kadrey, author of the long-running urban fantasy series, SANDMAN SLIM.

These novels follow the paranormal …

Peng Shepherd, THE BOOK OF M author

August 18th, 2020

41:33

Peng Shepherd is the author of THE BOOK OF M. This debut speculative fiction novel examines a near future world, fallen to an inexplicable epidemic …

Martha Wells, NETWORK EFFECT (The MurderBot Diaries) author

August 13th, 2020

37:11

In this episode, I’m excited to welcome Martha Wells, author of THE MURDERBOT DIARIES. This award-winning science fiction series features the introverted, cynical, and frequently hilarious security robot that thinks …

Emily B. Martin, SUNSHIELD author

May 28th, 2020

46:44

Emily B. Martin is the author of SUNSHIELD (HarperVoyager, available now), an adventurous eco-fantasy that weaves together the lives of a desert …

Alina Boyden, STEALING THUNDER author

April 21st, 2020

56:05

In this episode by debut author Alina Boyden. Her new historically-inspired Fantasy novel is STEALING THUNDER, available May 12th from ACE Books.    …

Menna van Praag, THE SISTERS GRIMM author

April 9th, 2020

45:38

Menna van Praag is the author of THE SISTERS GRIMM (available now from HarperVoyager Books).

It's a dark and evocative tale of four seemingly …

Dan Stout, TITAN'S DAY author

April 6th, 2020

46:23

This episode features my first return guest — Dan Stout! His new novel, TITAN'S DAY (DAW Books) is the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2019, …

Tricia Levenseller, THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US author

March 25th, 2020

44:01

Tricia Levenseller is the author of THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US (available now from Feiwel & Friends). It’s a young adult fantasy novel that’s been …

K.B. Wagers, A PALE LIGHT IN THE BLACK author

March 3rd, 2020

49:36

K.B. Wagers is the author of A PALE LIGHT IN THE BLACK (HarperVoyager). It’s a good vibes military space opera that follows the Near Earth Orbital …

Brian Keene, THOR: METAL GODS writer

January 16th, 2020

43:24

Season 5 of Fictitious kicks off with Brian Keene, one of the writers on the new Serial Box and Marvel production, THOR: METAL GODS. Brian has authored more than 50 horror, crime, and fantasy novels, and written for DC …

K. Eason, HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE

October 31st, 2019

45:54

K. Eason is the author of HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE — out now from DAW Books. This charming and subversive fantasy-meets-space opera …

NaNoWriMo 2019 Special — feat. Grant Faulkner

October 23rd, 2019

34:12

This episode focuses on National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – in November 2019. Host Adron Buske shares his own experiences participating in NaNo and his plans for this year's project. The episode also includes a …

Madeleine Roux, SALVAGED author

October 14th, 2019

58:26

Madeleine Roux is the author of the adult sci-fi thriller SALVAGED (Ace Books). Set in deep space, SALVAGED follows Rosalyn Devar, a bioengineer from …

Clay McLeod Chapman, THE REMAKING author

October 8th, 2019

49:59

Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of meta-horror thriller THE REMAKING (Quirk Books). The tragic campfire tale of a mother and daughter burned as witches haunts the imagination of a small town local – including a …

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE Author

September 30th, 2019

53:34

Annalee Newitz is the author of the sci-fi time travel novel, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor Books). In a world where present-to-past time travel is an accepted fact, geo-scientist Tess uses her university-funded …

Jennifer Giesbrecht, THE MONSTER OF ELENDHAVEN author

September 24th, 2019

39:58

Jennifer Giesbrecht is the author of THE MONSTER OF ELENDHAVEN (Tor.com Publishing). This dark fantasy novella follows the unkillable, not-exactly …

Heli Kennedy, ORPHAN BLACK: THE NEXT CHAPTER writer

September 16th, 2019

44:18

Heli Kennedy is a writer on ORPHAN BLACK: THE NEXT CHAPTER, a new continuation of the popular BBC America TV series, this time brought to life as a …

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters

September 10th, 2019

50:19

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,

Alix E. Harrow, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY author

September 3rd, 2019

57:43

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 …

Katy Rose Pool, THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS author

August 26th, 2019

47:09

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, …

K. A. Doore, THE PERFECT ASSASSIN author

August 19th, 2019

48:02

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

53:03

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

44:02

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

54:34

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

51:15

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

3:43

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

41:32

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

42:29

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

52:56

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

55:04

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

47:40

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

40:04

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

46:41

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

46:18

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

41:37

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

41:10

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

41:36

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

7:05

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

46:58

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

9:49

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

52:23

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

58:30

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

48:43

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

47:04

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

32:33

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

41:02

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

49:43

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

44:56

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

42:02

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

57:50

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 …

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

September 26th, 2017

57:38

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

58:41

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

46:14

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

44:57

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

43:49

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

24:08

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

32:19

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

5:26

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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