#21: Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Solarpunk, AfroRetroFuturism, and Alt History With Author Nisi Shawl

Author Nisi Shawl‘s novel Everfair posits, what if Belgian forces had not succeeded in colonizing the Congo?

And it’s AWESOME!!

Plus, Tor just announced a sequel in the future, which will be called Kinning. (Yay!).

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Show Notes: What You’ll Find in Episode 21

Personal Update

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This week, I talk through my last stages with book one in my Salt Sheen Paradox series: Hives of the Halcyon. I would love to have you sign up for a beta reader, which means you read for free!

Interview With Nisi Shawl

In this interview, Nisi shares her definitions and ideas around steampunk as well as AfroRetroFuturism, cyberpunk, solarpunk, and hopepunk. She pays a beautiful tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin, and shares several resources and organizations for readers and writers.

Bonus: Not only will you get punk-related ideas and insights in this interview, but Nisi Shawl will also school you on some fascinating marine biology! Don’t miss it.

Here’s a list of questions I asked:

  • In this show, we discuss “the punks”, and today we’re most likely focusing on steampunk. Since everyone seems to define the term differently, what’s your take on it?
  • In addition, you’ve also written cyberpunk, solarpunk, and possibly some other punk works! Can you tell us about these stories, and your take on those genres as well? What have they meant to you, or what do you particularly like about what each one offers you as an author?
  • For anyone who has not yet jumped in with your steampunk novel Everfair, please give us an overview and share what readers or listeners can expect. What themes does the novel explore?

Nisi Shawl Everfair

  • Your book centers on a compelling alternate history premise about events in the Congo. To help inform other writers as well as readers, what is your process for discovering a piece of history and punking it? Sometimes this is about the order or system through which authors create, but I know we’d love to hear anything about your creative and/or research process!
  • I’ve noticed by following you on Twitter that you share many announcements for various groups and initiatives you care about. Can you share some of these with us? What would you like readers who love your work to consider doing or getting involved with?
  • As we record this at the beginning of 2018, what does the future of steampunk and related punk genres look like from your perspective? What would you like to see from these movements?

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