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Interviews with awesome sci fi and fantasy storytellers about world building, creative process and more! Whether you're an aspiring writer or just an avid fan, join us for discussions staying sane while writing, strange ornamental weapons lying around the desk and, inevitably, Skyrim.An official partner of Tor UK, my favourite publisher of SFF & horror.

Latest Episodes

Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

Brooke is a narrative designer and writer from Australia. She has worked on award-winning games titles such as The Gardens Between, Paperbark and Florence. Currently, she has just finishwed working on Control, by Remedy Entertainment. Brooke received the MCV Pacific XBOX Women in Games Creative Impact award for her work in the game industry. This episode is a deep dive into narrative design workflow and heuristics, as Brooke explores her journey from speculative fiction writer to critically acclaimed non-verbal storyteller to big budget, AAA narrative designer. Check out Brooke's website: https://brookemaggs.com Follow her on twitter: @Brooke_Maggs And your host, Danny: @madquills

36 MINOCT 6
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Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Arkady is the author of 'A Memory Called Empire'. 'Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.' We discuss: • How to create/write truly believable alien cities/societies • The importance of catchy linguistics • The machineries of empire - real and imagined. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Arkady on twitter: @ArkadyMartine And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/ As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

35 MINAPR 7
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Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Zen is the author of 'Sorcerer To The Crown' and its sequel 'The True Queen' - inventive takes on Regency fantasy with a commonwealth twist. The True Queen is a bold new addition to the burgeoning series that interrogates the roots and heritage of power – magical or otherwise – and has a lot of fun doing it. We discuss: • What is Blyton-punk/commonwealth fantasy? • How to finish. • The continued impact of the industrial revolution on literature/fantasy • Zen's routine, and why some is always better than none. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Zen on twitter: @zenaldehyde And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/ As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

34 MINMAR 8
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Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Jenn is the author of the Chorus of Dragons series: book 1, 'The Ruin of Kings' has just been released, with book 2, 'The Name of All Things' following in October. Ruin of Kings is bold new entry in the genre that delights in subverting and playing with genre conventions, while still containing plenty of what makes those tropes so appealing in the first place. We discuss: • The fantasy tropes and that Jenn wants to interrogate, and why • The all-importance of protagonist motivation • Why environment is so key to your creative process • How Jenn is innovating around the very format/structure of a book/audiobook and how we can do better on that front in general. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Jenn on twitter: @Jennlyonsauthor And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsl...

38 MINFEB 25
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Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Following on from our end of year look at the best books of 2018, Lulu and I kick off 2019 with a chat about what we're looking forward to, and why. Plus Lulu fields some questions from Twitter about her experience as articles editor for the speculative fiction website 'Strange Horizons' – including what male writers always get wrong about women! Follow Lulu on Twitter: @lulukadhim And your host, Danny: @madquills Listen/subscribe (and please write a review if you like what we do!) on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncaring-universe-podcast/id985787268?mt=2

36 MINFEB 9
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Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Best of 2018 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 This episode, Lulu and I discuss our favourite books of the year. You can read my column on the PanMacmillan blog of the same topic, although we try to discuss a mixture of books from my list and Lulu's own on the 'cast, and dive into deeper detail on their common themes and the year's trends. https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/science-fiction-and-fantasy/best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books. Lulu Kadhim writes science fiction and plays board games when she isn’t experimenting in the kitchen. By day, she’s a Producer at Six to Start. By night, as well as writing short stories, she’s an Articles Editor at Strange Horizons, and a board member of Con or Bust. Follow Lulu on Twitter: @LuluKadhim And Danny, your host: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciat...

35 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Best of 2018 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Greg Kasavin • The Drive For New Worlds

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 For this episode, I’m joined by Greg Kasavin – the lead writer and creative director at Supergiant Games - creators of the hugely influential Bastion, Transistor and most recently Pyre. Greg also spent a decade at Gamespot, during which time he became Editor-in-Chief, before leaving to work for EA on two command and conquer titles. I’m a huge personal fan of Greg’s work, especially the world building of Transistor and Pyre, and I was thrilled to hear him talk so openly about his process, the difference between writing and narrative design, how he and Supergiant decide what kind of game to make next – and the fact Bastion was nearly a gardening game. Enjoy the show – and no, I couldn’t get him to tell me what kind of game they’re making next. Follow Greg on twitter: @kasavin And Danny: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or ...

37 MIN2018 NOV 4
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Greg Kasavin • The Drive For New Worlds

Susan Dennard • Transparency & Ecological World building

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Susan is the author of the Witchlands series: Truthwitch, Windwitch, Sightwitch and the forthcoming Bloodwitch. They're rollicking fantasy paeans to the power of friendship and family set among a backdrop of treaties ending, empires warring and lots of awesome magic. We discuss: • How Susan's scientific/ecological background informs her process and world building • The importance of showing your work and transparency • How the awesome magic system was invented and refined (Barleywitches!?) • Much more Check out Susan's site and sign up to her absolutely fantastic newsletter on the craft of writing: http://susandennard.com Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Susan on twitter: @stdennard And Danny: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every sha...

32 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Susan Dennard • Transparency & Ecological World building

(Your host)Danny Wadeson • Improving the 'cast, trends in SFF & get in touch!

We take a break from our scheduled programming to reflect, for episode 30, on the origin and future of The Uncaring Universe – how I want to improve it, why it is what it is, what the partnership with the brilliant Tor UK brings and a few thoughts on my wonderful past guests. Follow me to recommend/request storytellers you'd like to see on the show or questions you'd like answered by future guests: twitter.com/madquills And as ever, be awesome if you could leave a like, comment, follow, RT, subscribe on iTunes etc, it really helps us get the show and the guests' wisdom out there to those that might love it! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncaring-universe-podcast/id985787268?mt=2

19 MIN2018 SEP 11
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(Your host)Danny Wadeson • Improving the 'cast, trends in SFF & get in touch!

John Scalzi • The Near & Relevant Future

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 John is the author of the many incredible sci-fi books, most recently the 'Lock In' universe/series and perhaps most famously the 'Old Man's War' series. He also regularly maintains an award-winning blog https://whatever.scalzi.com/ and is helping produce two adaptations of his books for Netflix. He's a bit of a personal hero and he dropped some fascinating insights and wisdom into the process of being prolific and writing endlessly page-turning novels. We discuss: • The Golden Age of SF-to-Netflix adaptations and why it won't last • The pressure to have an opinion • Planning for the future • Keeping near-future SF compelling and future-proof Your host, Danny: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow John on twitter: @scalzi And Danny: @madquills

41 MIN2018 JUN 18
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John Scalzi • The Near & Relevant Future

Latest Episodes

Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

Brooke is a narrative designer and writer from Australia. She has worked on award-winning games titles such as The Gardens Between, Paperbark and Florence. Currently, she has just finishwed working on Control, by Remedy Entertainment. Brooke received the MCV Pacific XBOX Women in Games Creative Impact award for her work in the game industry. This episode is a deep dive into narrative design workflow and heuristics, as Brooke explores her journey from speculative fiction writer to critically acclaimed non-verbal storyteller to big budget, AAA narrative designer. Check out Brooke's website: https://brookemaggs.com Follow her on twitter: @Brooke_Maggs And your host, Danny: @madquills

36 MINOCT 6
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Brooke Maggs • Narrative Design From Non-verbal Indies to AAA

Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Arkady is the author of 'A Memory Called Empire'. 'Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.' We discuss: • How to create/write truly believable alien cities/societies • The importance of catchy linguistics • The machineries of empire - real and imagined. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Arkady on twitter: @ArkadyMartine And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/ As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

35 MINAPR 7
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Arkady Martine • The Machinery & Poetry of Empire

Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Zen is the author of 'Sorcerer To The Crown' and its sequel 'The True Queen' - inventive takes on Regency fantasy with a commonwealth twist. The True Queen is a bold new addition to the burgeoning series that interrogates the roots and heritage of power – magical or otherwise – and has a lot of fun doing it. We discuss: • What is Blyton-punk/commonwealth fantasy? • How to finish. • The continued impact of the industrial revolution on literature/fantasy • Zen's routine, and why some is always better than none. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Zen on twitter: @zenaldehyde And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified of each new episode (and a few other gems of storytelling advice) here: tinyletter.com/madquills/ As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciated and helps us spread the wisdom to those writers who need it most.

34 MINMAR 8
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Zen Cho • Regency & Commonwealth Fantasy

Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Jenn is the author of the Chorus of Dragons series: book 1, 'The Ruin of Kings' has just been released, with book 2, 'The Name of All Things' following in October. Ruin of Kings is bold new entry in the genre that delights in subverting and playing with genre conventions, while still containing plenty of what makes those tropes so appealing in the first place. We discuss: • The fantasy tropes and that Jenn wants to interrogate, and why • The all-importance of protagonist motivation • Why environment is so key to your creative process • How Jenn is innovating around the very format/structure of a book/audiobook and how we can do better on that front in general. Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Jenn on twitter: @Jennlyonsauthor And Danny: @madquills And you can sign up to my newsl...

38 MINFEB 25
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Jenn Lyons • Subverting Fantasy Tropes

Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Following on from our end of year look at the best books of 2018, Lulu and I kick off 2019 with a chat about what we're looking forward to, and why. Plus Lulu fields some questions from Twitter about her experience as articles editor for the speculative fiction website 'Strange Horizons' – including what male writers always get wrong about women! Follow Lulu on Twitter: @lulukadhim And your host, Danny: @madquills Listen/subscribe (and please write a review if you like what we do!) on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncaring-universe-podcast/id985787268?mt=2

36 MINFEB 9
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Hype for 2019 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Best of 2018 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 This episode, Lulu and I discuss our favourite books of the year. You can read my column on the PanMacmillan blog of the same topic, although we try to discuss a mixture of books from my list and Lulu's own on the 'cast, and dive into deeper detail on their common themes and the year's trends. https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/science-fiction-and-fantasy/best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books. Lulu Kadhim writes science fiction and plays board games when she isn’t experimenting in the kitchen. By day, she’s a Producer at Six to Start. By night, as well as writing short stories, she’s an Articles Editor at Strange Horizons, and a board member of Con or Bust. Follow Lulu on Twitter: @LuluKadhim And Danny, your host: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every share/review you leave is hugely appreciat...

35 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Best of 2018 (Feat. Lulu Kadhim)

Greg Kasavin • The Drive For New Worlds

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 For this episode, I’m joined by Greg Kasavin – the lead writer and creative director at Supergiant Games - creators of the hugely influential Bastion, Transistor and most recently Pyre. Greg also spent a decade at Gamespot, during which time he became Editor-in-Chief, before leaving to work for EA on two command and conquer titles. I’m a huge personal fan of Greg’s work, especially the world building of Transistor and Pyre, and I was thrilled to hear him talk so openly about his process, the difference between writing and narrative design, how he and Supergiant decide what kind of game to make next – and the fact Bastion was nearly a gardening game. Enjoy the show – and no, I couldn’t get him to tell me what kind of game they’re making next. Follow Greg on twitter: @kasavin And Danny: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or ...

37 MIN2018 NOV 4
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Greg Kasavin • The Drive For New Worlds

Susan Dennard • Transparency & Ecological World building

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 Susan is the author of the Witchlands series: Truthwitch, Windwitch, Sightwitch and the forthcoming Bloodwitch. They're rollicking fantasy paeans to the power of friendship and family set among a backdrop of treaties ending, empires warring and lots of awesome magic. We discuss: • How Susan's scientific/ecological background informs her process and world building • The importance of showing your work and transparency • How the awesome magic system was invented and refined (Barleywitches!?) • Much more Check out Susan's site and sign up to her absolutely fantastic newsletter on the craft of writing: http://susandennard.com Follow your host, Danny on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow Susan on twitter: @stdennard And Danny: @madquills As ever, I'd love to hear feedback or suggestions from you – and every sha...

32 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Susan Dennard • Transparency & Ecological World building

(Your host)Danny Wadeson • Improving the 'cast, trends in SFF & get in touch!

We take a break from our scheduled programming to reflect, for episode 30, on the origin and future of The Uncaring Universe – how I want to improve it, why it is what it is, what the partnership with the brilliant Tor UK brings and a few thoughts on my wonderful past guests. Follow me to recommend/request storytellers you'd like to see on the show or questions you'd like answered by future guests: twitter.com/madquills And as ever, be awesome if you could leave a like, comment, follow, RT, subscribe on iTunes etc, it really helps us get the show and the guests' wisdom out there to those that might love it! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncaring-universe-podcast/id985787268?mt=2

19 MIN2018 SEP 11
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(Your host)Danny Wadeson • Improving the 'cast, trends in SFF & get in touch!

John Scalzi • The Near & Relevant Future

Subscribe to Uncaring Universe on iTunes - and It massively helps us if you leave a review: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/uncar…id985787268?mt=2 John is the author of the many incredible sci-fi books, most recently the 'Lock In' universe/series and perhaps most famously the 'Old Man's War' series. He also regularly maintains an award-winning blog https://whatever.scalzi.com/ and is helping produce two adaptations of his books for Netflix. He's a bit of a personal hero and he dropped some fascinating insights and wisdom into the process of being prolific and writing endlessly page-turning novels. We discuss: • The Golden Age of SF-to-Netflix adaptations and why it won't last • The pressure to have an opinion • Planning for the future • Keeping near-future SF compelling and future-proof Your host, Danny: www.goodreads.com/user/show/20408243-mad-quills Follow John on twitter: @scalzi And Danny: @madquills

41 MIN2018 JUN 18
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John Scalzi • The Near & Relevant Future
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