Tim Powers is a two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards and three-time Locus Award recipient. His books include The Anubis Gates, On Stranger Tides, Declare, and Three Days to Never. His most recent novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is now out in paperback from Corvus at £7.99.
It All Started With Timothy Turtle
by Tim Powers
I think I first decided to be a writer when, at about age six, I read a book called Timothy Turtle. In retrospect it probably wasn’t a very deep work – Timothy Turtle gets flipped over onto his back, and his woodland friends have to get him right-side-up again – but it convinced me that writing books was just about the finest thing a person could do. I soon moved on to books like Albert Payson Terhune’s Lad, A Dog, and S. J. Finn’s Percy Wynn – which I will insist are deep works! – and then, fatefully, when I was eleven, my mother got me a copy of Heinlein’s Red Planet.
YouTube user Th9Dave has been posting some gems lately. In addition to the recent audio memorial of
Charles Beaumont by Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Roger Anker, and Chris Beaumont, he’s posted even more. These come from Hour 25, a radio program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science that ran from 1972 to 2000. It has been hosted at various times by Mike Hodel, Harlan Ellison, Steven Barnes, Arthur Byron Cover, and J. Michael Straczynski.
Below you can find audio interview snippets with Steven Barnes, Octavia Butler, Terry Dowling, David Gerrold, Tim Powers and Jim Blaylock, and Robert Silverberg.
Awards are usually a good indicator of worthwhile and books and short fiction, but sometimes great stories get overlooked. We asked this week’s panelists:
Q: What’s the best story and the best novel never to win a Hugo since the inception of the award in 1953?
What would you choose? Read on to see what this week’s panelists picked…
has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award winning novels Downbelow Station
(1981) and Cyteen
(1988), both set in her Alliance-Union
universe. Her latest novels are Conspirator
. Besides writing, C.J likes to travel and try new things, like fencing, riding, archery, firearms, ancient weapons, painting and video games. She also has an asteroid named after her: 77185 Cherryh
Can’t speak for story, but the best novel never to win a Hugo, imho, is Jane Fancher’s Groundties. Due to the fact it came out as Warner imploded, it got no distribution. Period. Debut novel—with no distribution.