Adventures in Scifi Publishing Podcast

Working in social media, I make a point of attending Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) breakfasts, and connecting with other people in the social scene in Kansas City. I connected with Brent Bowen via Twitter, then we met up at ConQuesT and a SMCKC breakfast. When I heard about the podcast he produces, Adventures in Scifi Publishing, I knew it would be a perfect feature for KC Geeks. The show highlights science fiction and fantasy literature and features interviews with authors, editors, agents, and publishers as well as book reviews of the newest titles on the market. Read on to find out what’s ahead for the show!

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What is the name of your podcast?

Adventures in Scifi Publishing

What is your name and role in the podcast?

Brent Bowen, Executive Producer

Who is your audience?

Fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror media

When was the podcast launched?

2006

What made you want to join the podcast?

I joined the team in 2009. I did it because I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Viable Paradise writers workshop and didn’t want it to end. Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in post-workshop professional sales by our alumni.

How often do you publish shows?

We average a show every two weeks. We’ll often publish a show every week, then around certain holidays take some breaks.

What do you discuss in your shows?

Genre books, movies, television and video games (and, often, craft beer)

How long are your shows?

45 minutes to an hour

What do you love about your show? What makes it unique?

We discuss the changing landscape in genre media, interviewing luminaries in varying fields. I love doing the show because it serves as an extension of my Viable Paradise workshop experience: you learn not only about how to construct great story, but you learn what it takes to be a pro. Though we usually unlock the pro’s inner fan in the process, too. All of that, and I enjoy the team. My co-host, Kristi Charish, is a published Canadian author who enjoys a good laugh. Her Owl series features Alix, nicknamed Owl, who has a sly sense of humor and has been referred to as a modern day “Indiana Jane.” Our lead audio engineer, Rob Matheny, is the co-host of The Grim Tidings podcast and all-around super human being, though he likes to put on a front. We also do book reviews, and local geek, Byron Dunn, puts together our weekly book releases list.

Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your show.

If anyone has ever heard Neil Gaiman or Patrick Rothfuss on the show, they’re memorable. For me, personally, a moment I’ll never forget is one of my first interviews for the podcast. I chatted with Paolo Bacigalupi as he was hitting the award circuit for The Windup Girl. He was a pro and charismatic. That alone would have made it memorable. But it was the perseverance in getting the interview that ultimately lodges it forever in my memory. He was fighting his asthma (my son also suffers from it), and I offered to bag the interview. He absolutely refused to quit (dropping the occasional “F” bomb in the process). We recorded for nearly an hour and a half to get through the questions, which resulted in the 30-minute interview.

What podcasts do you enjoy listening to?

The Grim Tidings Podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Tea and Jeopardy, The Functional Nerds, Toasted Cake and Escape Pod.

What future plans lay ahead for your show?

We’re looking to get three new projects off the ground, all in varying stages of development: 1.) Gamer segments; 2.) a Suds and Science segment; and 3.) MG/YA Book Club.

Video games have become so evolved as a form of storytelling that it would be shortsighted to not include it as a publishing format.

In the Suds and Science series – where we drink craft beer (one of our favorite scientific processes) or another favorite beverage with a scientist and talk about potential applications of the science and what it will mean for us – we, as creators, draw so much inspiration from exploration and innovation we couldn’t resist sitting down to see what separates us from the apes.

Finally, with the Middle Grade/Young Adult Book Club, I’ve attended too many conventions where all the talk has been, “where are the young fans?” I, personally, want to get them involved directly.

Where can someone find more information about your podcast?

https://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com

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