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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 265): A Pre-MileHiCon 46 Panel with Carol Berg, Betsy Dornbusch, Travis Heermann and Josh Vogt

In episode 265 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester gathers Carol Berg, Betsy Dornbusch, Travis Heermann and Josh Vogt to discuss:

MileHiCon 46 past and present. Specifically:

  • About their MileHiCon experiences
  • What’s their favorite part of the con?
  • What’s their favorite MileHiCon memory/moment?
  • What they will be doing / what panels they’ll be on?
  • What they’re looking forward to?
  • Why they think our listeners should attend?

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[GUEST POST] 3 Things Betsy Dornbusch Learned by Writing Fantasy


Betsy Dornbusch is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and two novels. She also is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of her website, Sex Scenes at Starbucks.

Three things I Learned Writing Fantasy

by Betsy Dornbusch

Besides that it’s challenging, all-consuming, damned fun, and as addictive as those new churro ice cream sandwiches.

I’ve learned lots more than three things from writing fantasy, but I decided to tie this to Exile, The First Book of the Seven Eyes, my book that just came out in paperback. I wrote Exile eight years ago and these are the challenges that jumped out at me then. You’d think I’d have moved on by now. Except as I draft Enemy, the third book in the series, I’m finding these challenges have become more tenets I lean on. Problem is, they each have inner conflict. You know, to keep things interesting.
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Cover & Synopsis: EMISSARY by Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary by Betsy Dornbusch is the second book of The Seven Eyes series and is due out February 2015. Here’s the synopiss. A larger cover appears after the jump.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 205): 2013 Live Worldcon Interview with Editor and Author Betsy Dornbusch

In episode 205 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with Betsy Dornbusch – Author of the Seven Eyes fantasy series, and Sentinel urban fantasy series, as well as an Editor at Electric Spec Magazine.

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MIND MELD: What is the Next Big Thing in Speculative Fiction?

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As a critic, aspiring author, and a fan of fiction I always keep an eye out for what could be the next big thing. This could range anywhere from authors to series, from genres to themes. But who better to provide an opinion on the matter of The Next Big Thing than authors themselves?

We asked this week’s panelists…

Q: What do you think will be the next Big Thing in SF/F? What authors do you see leading the way? What genres or trends?

Here’s what they said…

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam writes speculative short stories. Her first professional publication, “The Wanderers” came out in this February’s Clarkesworld. Her second will be published in Strange Horizons this April. She reviews short fiction on her blog, Short Story Review.

I’ve always been bad at predicting the future, despite my claims as a kid that my dreams were prophetic; I tend to worry over the worst possible scenarios. But in terms of the future trends in speculative fiction, I’m optimistic. I’ve been noticing a strong focus on diversity in speculative short fiction. I mainly read short stories, so I will speak in terms of the next big thing in short story writers. As a bisexual woman, I was thrilled last month to read “Inventory” by Carmen Maria Machado in Strange Horizons, in which the main character’s relationships with women and men are depicted as equally important to her. I think in the future we will certainly see more of an emphasis on diversity in sexual orientations and gender identifications.

Some other writers I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future: I keep running into Damien Walters Grintalis’ work. Brooke Wonders’ “Everything Must Go” in Clarkesworld 74 blew me away, and I think Wonders will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future. Helena Bell’s work has been popping up a lot lately; her Clarkesworld stories “Variations on Bluebeard and Dalton’s Law Along the Event Horizon” and “Robot” are worth checking out. I’ll be keeping an eye on Brooke Bolander as well. It’s great to see so many up-and-coming female short story writers in the speculative fiction field, and I think that this trend will continue as well.
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INTERVIEW: Betsy Dornbusch, author of “Exile”

Betsy Dornbusch‘s fantasy novel, Exile: The First Book of the Seven Eyes came out on Feb. 5th from Night Shade Books. Betsy is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and two novels. She also is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of Sex Scenes at Starbucks. She was also kind enough to take the time and chat with us about her new book, writing in multiple genres, and much more!


Kristin Centorcelli: Betsy, thanks so much for taking the time to chat! Will you tell us a bit about yourself? Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Betsy Dornbusch: Thanks for having me!

I’ve written stories since I was in fourth grade, but stopped for a decade after college. But it’s not surprising that I turned to writing seriously; I’ve always viewed people and events in the framework of “story.” And I’ve always been a big reader.

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MIND MELD: SF/F Reading And Buying Habits In A Digital World

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This week we asked out panelists the following question:

Q: With the prevalence of ebooks and audiobooks, how has your sf/f reading and buying habits changed, if at all?

Here’s what they said…

Laura Lam

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams. She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.

I don’t listen to many audiobooks, but ebooks have definitely changed my reading habits. As a combination of being a poor university student and living in tiny quarters, I avoided buying most books I read because there would be nowhere to store 100 books a year. I limited myself to the occasional splurge but mainly relied on libraries, friends, etc. Now, I still live in tiny quarters but I’m not as poor as I was as a student. I buy a lot more of my books as ebooks, and I’m a lot more diverse in my reading. I also read more books and read them quicker because I don’t have to lug myself to the library or bookstore or wait for the book to arrive. If I read a great review of an SFF book, 5 minutes later I can be curled up on my sofa reading it with a nice cup of tea. I’m able to support authors I admire without running out of room to turn around in my tiny flat. At first, I found reading on the Kindle distracting, but now I’m used to it, and I could never go back to not having an e-reader.
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