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021 // Nick Lowe: Mutant Popcorn Extras, IZ 296

The prize-winning film critic and classicist Nick Lowe returned to Interzone Pod to talk about three films that didn’t make it into his IZ 296 serving of Mutant Popcorn – Alexandre O. Philippe’s must-watch William Shatner documentary; a gender-flipped, body-hopping Stuart Gordon tribute; and an sf-adjacent comedy with Irish clowns schlepping across apocalyptic peat bogs – and to look more closely at Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, the 1992 Alasdair Gray novel it is based on, and the gap between the two.

020 // Tashan Mehta

Tashan Mehta – author of the short stories ‘Rulebook for Creating a Universe’ and ‘The Traveller’ and the novels The Liar’s Weave and Mad Sisters of Esi – came on the show and talked about chasing down the final form of a book; being light like the bird, not like the feather; sounding out echoey depths; finding the language you need to carve your experience into reality; and much more.

019 // Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. Powell is the author of the British Science Fiction Award–winning Ack-Ack Macaque, the critically acclaimed Embers of War series, the Continuance novels Stars and Bones and Descendant Machine, and numerous other books and short stories. Gareth L. Powell came on Interzone Pod and talked about falling in love with science fiction, blowing up universes, building online communities, and what it is his books are about. He also passed on some important advice he once was given by a very special writer in an arty coffee house in Bristol. Find out more about Gareth at and at his Linktree.

018 // Matt Hill

Matt Hill – author of The Folded Man, Graft, Zero Bomb, and The Breach – came on the show and talked about literary touchstones, computer games, the danger of writing about dreams, the things we can’t say about being a parent, and the voices of Chernobyl that irradiate his latest novel, Lamb (available direct from the publisher and wherever books are sold).

017 // Premee Mohamed

Premee Mohamed – author of the short story collection No One Will Come Back For Us, the Nebula Award–winning novella And What Can We Offer You Tonight, the Prix Aurora–winning novella The Annual Migration of Clouds, and many other works of fiction and non-fiction, published and forthcoming – came on the show and talked about the size of ideas, anti-war novels, fairy tales from dreams, and more. Find out more about Premee and her many stories at and at her Patreon.

016 // Cassandra Khaw & Richard Kadrey

Cassandra Khaw – author of the novella The All-Consuming World, the short story collection Breakable Things, and Fine Print, part of Walk Among Us, a Vampire: The Masquerade anthology – and Richard Kadrey – author of the Sandman Slim novel series, the novella The Pale House Devil, and a short story collection The Secrets of Insects – came on the show and talked about The Dead Take the A Train (Tor Nightfire/Titan, 2023), their brilliant new novel about Julie Crews, a ‘drugged up, punked out psychic operative running wild in New York.’ They also talked about collaborating, dropped some hints about good things on the horizon, and recommended some excellent Halloween books, television, and cinema. The Dead Take the A Train is available now wherever books are sold.

015 // Jendia Gammon

Jendia Gammon (aka J. Dianne Dotson), author of The Shadow Galaxy (Trepidatio Publishing, 2023), The Inn at the Amethyst Lantern (Android Press, 2023), and the IZ 295 story ‘Copper’, came on the show and talked about her writing, how she incorporates art and ecology into my work, and the plans she has for the future of publishing. Find out more about Jendia’s work at

014 // Aigner Loren Wilson

Aigner Loren Wilson – author of the IZ 295 story ‘Building Blocks’ and fiction editor at Strange Horizons – came on the show and talked about her writing, her approach to craft, and some of her favourite recent reads. You can find out more about Aigner and the many brilliant things she does at

013 // Eliane Boey

Eliane Boey, author of Other Minds (Dark Matter INK, 2023), came on the show and talked about writing stories by fax, the writers she returns to for inspiration, and Club Contango, her forthcoming novel. Read Paul McAuley’s review of Other Minds in IZ Digital, and find more of Eliane Boey’s fiction in Clarkesworld, Cold Signal, and Weird Horror.

012 // Chana Porter

Chana Porter, author of The Seep and The Thick and the Lean, came on show and talked about the power of Deep Space Nine, being mentored by Rachel Pollack, translating Le Guin into a libretto, hearing Kazuo Ishiguro, and writing her forthcoming Interzone story ‘Mermaid Variations’. This conversation was recorded on 4 May 2023.

011 // Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson, author of numerous novels, novellas, and short stories, came on the show and talked about publishing, geeking out with the late, great Eric Brown, writing his new book Europa Deep, and much, much more. You can find Gary, and subscribe to his newsletter, at and read Gemma Church’s review of Europa Deep in IZ Digital.

010 // Nick Lowe: Mutant Popcorn Extras, IZ 295

The prize-winning film critic and classicist Nick Lowe came back on the show to talk about the films he couldn’t fit into the (already bigger than ever before!) IZ 295 serving of Mutant Popcorn: Taiwanese time-slip TV, Spanish mummies, agèd Argonauts, Ukrainian forest spirits, and more.

009 // Corey J. White

Corey J. White, author of the Aurealis Award-winning novel Repo Virtual and the VoidWitch Saga novellas Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow, and Static Ruin, came on Interzone Pod and talked about ‘Hollywood Animals’, their new IZ 295 story, ‘Family Business’, their multi-generational solarpunk story written with Andrew Dana Hudson (forthcoming in Analog Science Fiction and Fact), the power of Mark Fisher, the future of cyberpunk, different ways the world ends, and a whole lot more.

008 // Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma, author the British Fantasy Award-winning collection All the Fabulous Beasts, the Shirley Jackson-award winning novella ORMESHADOW, and dozens of short stories, came on Interzone Pod a few weeks back for a chat about her latest, brilliant novella, Pomegranates, about how she writes, and about some of the books she has enjoyed reading recently.

007 // Teika Marija Smits

Teika Marija Smits, UK-based writer and freelance editor whose speculative short stories have been published in ParSec, Shoreline of Infinity, Best of British Science Fiction, and Great British Horror 6, came on Interzone Pod and talked about her story ‘The November Room or Leaving the Labyrinth’ (out now in Interzone’s sister zine, IZ Digital), her forthcoming collection, Umbilical, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, fairy tales and science fiction, and more.

006 // Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear, Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Astounding Award winning author of dozens of novels, over a hundred short stories, and a number of essays and other non-fiction pieces, came on Interzone Pod and talked about writing novels and short stories, ‘noir’ and ‘clair’, Star Trek, the genius of Agatha Christie, and much, much more.

005 // Una McCormack

Dr Una McCormack, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over two dozen science fiction novels including the brilliant new Star Trek novel Second Self, and a series editor of Gold SF, a new imprint of Goldsmiths Press dedicated to discovering and publishing new intersectional feminist science fiction, came on Interzone Pod and talked about writing sf, the importance of small press publishing, the finale of Star Trek: Picard, and why you should never throw anything away…

004 // Stark Holborn

Stark Holborn, author of the acclaimed and BSFA-longlisted Ten Low, came on Interzone Pod to talk about the excellent (and also BSFA-longlisted) ‘The Feast of Mulligan Lang’ (free to read in IZ Digital until Eastercon!), worldbuilding absence, creative mulch, comedy zombies, revisionist Westerns, and the new Triggernometry novella in Stark’s amazing series. Stark also read an exclusive excerpt from Hel’s Eight, the standalone follow-up to Ten Low you can pre-order now wherever books are sold.

003 // Kat Clay

The award-winning writer Kat Clay came on Interzone Pod to talk about ‘The Black Box Killer’, her story in IZ 294. Kat also talked about the glory of M3GAN, planning careers with GPT3, and why she sometimes turns to crime.

002 // R.T. Ester

R.T. Ester – author of ‘Meddling Fields’ (Clarkesworld, March 2022), ‘Slight Forms’ (Clarkesworld, August 2022), and ‘Anais Gets a Turn’ (Clarkesworld, January 2023) – came on Interzone Pod to talk about ‘The Building Across the Street’, his story in IZ 294, ‘The Moon Eel Bennett in Conversation with the Astronaut Who Came Back for It’ (forthcoming in IZ Digital), and ‘Sleeping Arrangements’ (Interzone, issue TBC). R.T. also talked about films (Tenet, Emily the Criminal), writing characters, and two books: American War by Omar El Akkad and The Paper Menagerie, a short story collection by Ken Liu

001 // Nick Lowe: Mutant Popcorn Extras, IZ 294

The prize-winning film critic and classicist Nick Lowe came on the first episode of Interzone Pod and talked about the films he couldn’t fit into the IZ 294 serving of Mutant Popcorn: Chinese sf comedy Moon Man, the anime adaptation of The Deer King, and Alexandre O. Philippe’s Lynch/Oz.

000 // Transmission

The first Interzone Pod transmission. Kicking the tires. // Subscribe to Interzone for fantastika from all over the planet.

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