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A collaborative blog by Locus editors, contributors, and other invited guests. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the authors, and do not reflect the editorial position of Locus Magazine or Locus Online.

 




 


Editor

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Contributors

Alan Beatts
Terry Bisson
Marie Brennan
Karen Burnham
Siobhan Carroll
John Clute
F. Brett Cox
Ellen Datlow
Paul Di Filippo
Michael Dirda
Gardner Dozois
Andy Duncan
Stefan Dziemianowicz
Brian Evenson
Jeffrey Ford
Karen Joy Fowler
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Theodora Goss
Elizabeth Hand
Cecelia Holland
Rich Horton
Guy Gavriel Kay
James Patrick Kelly
Mark R. Kelly
Ellen Klages
Russell Letson
Karen Lord
Brit Mandelo
Adrienne Martini
Tim Pratt
Cat Rambo
Paul Graham Raven
Graham Sleight
Maureen Kincaid Speller
Peter Straub
Rachel Swirsky
Paul Witcover
Gary K. Wolfe
E. Lily Yu

Karen Burnham and Karen Lord in Conversation

For this episode of the Locus Roundtable podcast, I talk with Karen Lord–recent winner of the Mythopoeic award and World Fantasy Award nominee for her debut novel Redemption in Indigo. She also has a background in physics as well as public policy, giving her a unique perspective on science and literature. We talk (and laugh) about science, science fiction, communication and society, ‘hard’ sciences and ‘soft’ sciences, and eventually come to an interesting idea about structure, where we consider the possibility of stories structured as myth vs. those structured logically/scientifically–and point out that either sf or fantasy can use either structure. The names Greg Egan, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, Ted Chiang, Daryl Gregory, and Joan Slonczewski are all bandied about.

There’s a nice synchronicity with this podcast, as Karen Lord is one of the interviews in the August issue of Locus, and I have a straight-up science article in the latest issue of Clarkeworld. Even better timing than usual!

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