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Five questions with Joanne Hall

In this week’s 5 Questions, we chat to author Joanne Hall about short stories vs novels, how gaming inspires her worldbuilding and why it’s still so important to be talking about women’s fiction! What drew you to write speculative fiction? Do you think the genre still has a lot to …

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Five questions with Elizabeth Moon

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon has been publishing novels since 1988 and recently returned to one of her most successful and loved universes, Vatta’s War. In the new series, Vatta’s Peace, Moon reunites her audience with heroine Kylara Vatta, space-fleet commander. As one of the most enduring female voices in military science fiction, we wanted to …

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Five questions with Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars

I have been obsessed with Mary Robinette Kowal ever since I read Ghost Talkers (you can read my review here). I was blown away by the originality within a historical fantasy setting. Her characters grabbed hold of me immediately and would not let go. When I saw Mary was publishing a …

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Five questions with Rachel Heng

Suicide Club: The Leave Us No Choice

My favourite part of science fiction is the philosophical quandary at the root. After all, science fiction simply asks ‘What if?’ In Rachel Heng’s new novel from Hodder, Suicide Club, she asks ‘What if we actually achieved immortality?’ Mortals have always strived to conquer death, but would it really deliver on …

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Five questions with Emily Devenport

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

If you keep up with new publications in the science fiction genre, it’s likely you have heard of Medusa Uploaded. It has been popping up on almost every ‘must read’ list I’ve seen of recently published genre fiction. You may not have come across Emily Devenport before – at least not …

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Five questions with Julia Fine

Dark woods

Julia Fine’s debut novel, What Should Be Wild, has been making almost every ‘what you should be reading now’ list in recent months. Those of you who are regular listeners of the podcast know that we have a soft spot for fairytales and fairytale retellings (especially Charlotte!), so Julia’s novel immediately …

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Five questions with Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly

With the second book in Lara Elena Donnelly’s series The Amberlough Dossier published last week, we thought it was the perfect time to invite her on the blog!   Combining spy thrillers with fantasy was a stroke of genius: a genre mash-up made in heaven. Why isn’t it done more often? Were there …

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Five questions with Jacqueline Carey

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

I am always on the lookout for standalone fantasy novels. Not that I don’t love a good series, but there’s something so very satisfying about a self-contained story. When I heard about Starless, the latest novel from bestseller Jacqueline Carey, I could hardly contain my excitement. So what did I do? …

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Five questions with Lauren C. Teffeau

Implanted by Lauren C Teffeau

Here at Breaking the Glass Slipper, we love to support new writers. I was trawling a list of ‘debuts to be excited about in 2018’ some time ago and came across the description of Implanted by Lauren C Teffeau. Not only did the premise sound fascinating, but I was intrigued by the book’s …

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Five questions with Martha Wells

Martha Wells

The lovely Martha Wells was recently nominated for a Hugo for the first of her novella trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries. We asked her why science fiction fans still find rogue AI stories so fascinating, what it’s like to write tie-ins for existing franchises, and what she would like to see more …

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