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88 Names podcast episode 5: Michael Madary

On episode 5 of the 88 Names podcast, we talk to philosopher and ethicist Michael Madary. Madary is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Pacific, and the co-author, with Thomas Metzinger, of “Real Virtuality: A Code of Ethical Conduct. Recommendations for Good Scientific Practice and the Consumers of VR-Technology.” The question of good behavior in cyberspace—what the rules should be, and how to get people to follow them—is one of the main themes in 88 Names, so this was a fascinating conversation for me, all the more so because Madary, as an academic, comes at it from a completely different angle than I do as a novelist.

On our next episode, we talk to Joanna Popper, Hewlett-Packard’s Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location-Based Entertainment.

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Virtual Memories: COVID-19 edition

Last weekend I made a return visit to the Virtual Memories Show podcast. Host Gil Roth and I first met three years ago, when he came to my house in Seattle to talk about Lovecraft Country and various other topics. Gil prefers to conduct interviews face-to-face, but like everyone else, he’s been forced to adapt to the coronavirus, so this time we chatted long distance, via Zencastr.

You can listen to our conversation here.

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88 Names podcast episode 4: Mariana Acuña Acosta

On today’s episode of the 88 Names podcast, we talk to Mariana Acuña Acosta, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Glassbox Technologies, which creates virtual production software tools for use in filmmaking, video game design, and the creation of VR experiences. Join us for a fun and wide-ranging conversation about VR tech and the responsibilities that come with it, a callback to the days when computer memory was measure in kilobytes, and an explanation of why, even if you’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, you might want to think twice about sharing your VR headset with strangers.

On our next episode, we talk to philosopher and ethicist Michael Madary.

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88 Names podcast, episode 3: Cory Doctorow

On the latest episode of the 88 Names podcast, we talk to science-fiction writer, journalist, and activist Cory Doctorow, author of such books as For the Win, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, and the recently released story collection Radicalized. As a founding editor of Boing Boing, “a directory of mostly wonderful things,” Cory is also one of my go-to guys when I need help researching obscure internet trivia, which proved useful during my final draft of 88 Names. (You can read Cory’s review of the novel here.)

Up next, in episode four, we talk to Glassbox Technologies co-founder and CPO Mariana Acuña Acosta.

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88 Names podcast, episode 2: Yours Truly

In today’s extra special pub date edition of the podcast, host Blake Collier chats with me about 88 Names and related topics.

This seems like a good time to thank everybody who made this podcast possible: Blake Collier, who first suggested the idea to me last November; our producer Darryl Armstrong and his colleagues at Threaded Zebra Agency; our host site, Rise Up Daily; Tyler Huckabee, who wrote us a wonderful introduction; our sponsors; and our guests.

I’d also like to thank the folks at HarperCollins: my editor, Jennifer Brehl; my production editor, Lydia Weaver; my publicists, Rachel Elinsky and Tom Hopke; and my friend in high places, Jonathan Burnham.

Stay tuned for episode three, in which we interview Cory Doctorow!

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88 Names podcast, episode 1: Brandon Oldenburg

The first full episode of the 88 Names podcast is now live. Join host Blake Collier and I as we talk to Brandon Oldenburg, the Academy Award–winning director of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Flight School, “a studio of artists and technicians, fearlessly exploring the unknown in films, games, VR, AR and whatever lies in the wide and boundless sky.”

If you have a VR headset, you should check out Manifest 99, the Emmy Award–nominated VR story/experience I mention during the conversation. And the Flight School website has a page devoted to the immersive WWI experience War Remains, including this making-of video that will give you a sense of how dedicated VR installations look and work.

The podcast’s next episode, in which Blake interviews me about 88 Names, will drop next Tuesday, aka book publication day. Stay tuned!

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The 88 Names podcast

Over the past month, I’ve been recording episodes of a limited series 88 Names podcast, in which film critic Blake Collier and I interview various luminaries in the virtual reality tech and creative arts fields. The podcast site is now live, here. The first regular episode, an interview with Academy Award–winning filmmaker Brandon Oldenburg, will drop this Friday, March 13, and an interview with Yours Truly will post on March 17, 88 Names‘ publication day. A teaser episode, in which Blake and I talk briefly about Lovecraft Country, is already available, here.

Future podcast guests include novelist Cory Doctorow; Glassbox Technologies co-founder and CPO Mariana Acuña Acosta; philosopher and ethicist Michael Madary; Hewlett-Packard’s Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment, Joanna Popper; and No Proscenium founder Noah Nelson. The series will be capped off by a live, virtual reality book reading and author Q&A on the AltspaceVR site (April 17 starting at 5:30 PM Pacific).

The podcast is being produced by Darryl Armstrong and the Threaded Zebra Agency and hosted by Rise Up Daily. Sponsors include Derooted, AltspaceVR, and Creative Mornings.

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The Juggernaut podcast

This week I am Christopher Harris’s guest on The Juggernaut podcast, talking about Lovecraft Country, my other novels, and the wonderful impracticality of writing as a career. You can download the podcast from this link, or just listen here:

…or check out the full catalogue of podcast episodes on The Juggernaut website. Thanks to Chris and his producer Dave Pyper for inviting me on the show! (P.S. Chris has a new novel, War on Sound, which you can read about here.)

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