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!

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!

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.

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.)