Sorry it’s taken so long to get this month’s episode posted – the production team has been consumed with helping on the SFWA Nebula Awards Weekend.
- Author Connie Willis
Finally, however, the interview from episode #256 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is available to view online. In this episode we welcome back author Connie Willis. Mrs. Willis, who has won many, many awards for her work, has recently been given the SFWA Grand Master Award (a recognition of lifetime achievement in the field). In this interview Mrs. Willis talks about the early days of her career, her love of movies, and the trepidation of having her work adapted for the screen. She also discusses her research and writing process, and talks about plot versus character.
Also in this episode:
Colleen Cahill reviews The Master of Heathcrest Hall, a novel by Galen Beckett.
Marianne Petrino gives 3 chans to Ghost Slayers Ayashi, an anime television and OVA series.
This episode of Fast Forward was first shown in May, 2012.
Episode #257 should be coming along soon. Really.
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I just read “All About Emily”, this year’s Christmas story by Connie Willis. It is in the December 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine.
It’s been a couple of years since Connie has had a Christmas story published, so I was looking forward to it, and wasn’t disappointed. It’s just what I have come to expect from her Christmas tales – light and humorous, with lots of classic movie and theatre references – and little notes about what humanity can be at its best (and worst) tucked in for good measure.
The story is told from the point of view of Claire Havilland, an aging, somewhat cynical Broadway star. Claire is, unbeknownst to her, embarking on a little voyage of self-discovery, courtesy of the media campaign surrounding some new technological gadgetry. To find out more than that, you need to read the story…
While there isn’t much science fictional heavy lifting happening in this story, it is entertaining and fun. So, if you’re in the mood for some robots, Broadway, and Holiday atmosphere, you should give “All About Emily” a try.