Still have the meat sweats thanks to my recent run of episodes centered around Kansas City BBQ? Then you’ll probably welcome a break for Eating the Fantastic’s first vegetarian episode, recorded at Baltimore’s One World Cafe during the Baltimore Book Festival.
My guest who stole away from the Inner Harbor to join me this episode is Sam J. Miller, a writer who’s been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, and who won the Shirley Jackson Award for his short story “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides.” And who last shared a meal with me during the 2015 Nebula Awards weekend at Alinea, considered to be one of the Top 10 restaurants in the world. His debut novel, The Art of Starving, will appear from HarperCollins in 2017.
We discussed the value of community within the science fiction field, the transformative piece of advice he received from Ted Chiang while attending the Clarion Writers Workshop, how one deals with reviews that are more politically than artistically motivated, the way 9/11 changed horror movies, the importance of the life and works of the great Thomas M. Disch, and more.
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Here’s the vegetarian fare Sam and I dug into for lunch.
Sam’s Philly cheese “steak less”
My portobello mushroom sandwich with caramelized onions
and feta cheese walnut spread
What’s next, in the final 2016 episode of Eating the Fantastic? Two weeks from now, also coming to you from the Baltimore Book Festival, my guest will be Nalo Hopkinson, winner of the World Fantasy Award for her short story collection Skin Folk, as well as the Sunburst Award, the Prix Aurora Award, and many others.
And the new year will bring the likes of James Morrow, Ellen Datlow, Richard Bowes, and many others. So why not subscribe to Eating the Fantastic now so you never miss an episode?