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The internet is a huge part of our lives, but putting it into our fiction can be difficult. Many writers leave it out of their stories entirely. Others try to incorporate it into their work with awkward results. How should our fiction handle the internet? Should our fiction try to handle the internet at all? Cartoonist RE Parrish joins us to talk a…
 
When you send a short story to a magazine, it probably doesn’t go directly to the editor. Instead, it ends up in what’s called the slush pile–the pool of unsolicited work waiting for review. Who reviews it? Weirdos like us. In this episode of Rite Gud, we’re joined by slush readers NM Whitley and Karl P to talk about why stories get rejected, retro…
 
They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but it is way easier to kill a guy with a sword than with a pen. We love art–it’s important to us and it’s meaningful and a worthwhile pursuit–but art alone does not change the material world. What, then, is the purpose of writing? Why do we do this if we’re not saving the world? Here to talk about this …
 
The changing of the guard in the early 2000s and the euthanization of the reactionary Sad Puppy movement in the early 2010s should have ushered in a new era of speculative fiction, an era of creative freedom and experimentation. It did not. Instead of welcoming and mentoring a new generation of authors from all walks of life, the current publishing…
 
In this very serious episode, we honor the most important writer of the 20th century, a man forty years ahead of his time: author, visionary, dreamweaver plus actor, Garth Marenghi. Literary connoisseur and Kittysneezes proprietor Matt Keeley joins us to discuss Marenghi’s body of work, which includes such towering achievements as Juggers, Slicers …
 
When a book comes out, the publisher or the author will often promote it by describing it as a list of tropes, identities, and references. “Here’s my new novel, A Groan of Stone and Bone. It has enemies to lovers, a chaotic bisexual, BIPOC representation, elemental magic, and tons of Buffy references!” It’s akin to any product listing: here are the…
 
Recently, JR of the Podhand joined us to discuss a phenomenon we’re calling squeecore—a style of quippy, fluffy, moralistic, fannish, centrist, Joss Whedon-esque speculative writing that touts itself as Important Activism but is mainly middle-of-the-road escapism. This episode unexpectedly sparked an explosion of controversy. Some people loved it, …
 
We finally reached our Patreon subscriber goal, so you know what that means! It is time to talk about Bear, Marian Engel’s 1976 Canadian novel about a mousy librarian who falls in love with a bear. The novel sparked tremendous controversy when it came out, but that didn’t stop it from winning the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award the ye…
 
In 1936, anthropologist Ralph Linton said, “The last thing a fish would ever notice would be water.” It’s difficult to see the medium that encompasses everything around you, especially when you’ve never known anything else. Well, if fish were contemporary sci-fi/fantasy readers, the last thing they would notice is squeecore. What is squeecore? You’…
 
Albert Birney is a Baltimore-based filmmaker. He has directed/co-directed four feature films: The Beast Pageant, Sylvio, Tux & Fanny and Strawberry Mansion (playing in select theaters February 2022). Gabriel Koenig has been making games since 2013, independently programming Jettomero: Hero of the Universe in 2017 and Test Tube Titans in 2020. He li…
 
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