Month: August 2017

Episode 233 – Ellen Datlow

Virtual Memories Show 233: Ellen Datlow “The biggest part of the editor’s job is asking questions. If something’s not on the page, you have to ask the writer.” Legendary (as in mega-award-winning) horror, science fiction and fantasy editor Ellen Datlow joins the show to talk about her career. We get into defining horror (and its…

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Episode 232 – Gordon Van Gelder

Virtual Memories Show 232: Gordon Van Gelder “For years, my basic rejection letter would use ‘alas,’ and the SF community picked up on that and started calling them ‘alas-o-grams.’” Editor/publisher Gordon Van Gelder joins the show to talk about his career in the science fiction and fantasy fields. We get into publishing F&SF Magazine, coping…

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Episode 231 – Sven Birkerts

Virtual Memories Show 231: Sven Birkerts “There are thresholds or shelves where we go from having incremental change to systemic moments of transformation.” In the ’90s, Sven Birkerts cautioned us about the impact of technology on reading with The Gutenberg Elegies. In 2017, we mute our iPhones to talk about his new book, Changing the…

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Episode 230 – Patty Farmer

Virtual Memories Show 230: Patty Farmer “Hefner’s genius was in always getting the very best people, whether in entertainment, management, editing, or cartooning: he went directly to the top.” How did Patty Farmer go from businesswoman to historian of the Playboy empire? “I don’t do well when I’m bored,” she tells me, as we talk…

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