Fast Forward

Fast Forward is a monthly half-hour series about the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It features interviews with professionals in the speculative fiction genres; past guests have included authors, artists, editors, and filmmakers. Most episodes also include a book review and anime or other genre media review.

Fast Forward has been in production for more than 20 years, and has cablecast more than 250 episodes. It is currently shown on public access stations in the greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region, and now is seen on many other stations around the country, thanks to PEGMedia. You can find out more about the show - and see video of approximately 100 interviews from the series - at http://www.fast-forward.tv

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Fast Forward - Ada Palmer

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Episode #286 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with author, historian and composer Ada Palmer. Ms. Palmer talks about her first novel, Too Like the Lightning.

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Guest book reviewer Steve Cordle discusses Night Shift, the 3rd Book in the Midnight Texas series by Charlaine Harris.

Marianne Petrino gives 5 chans, her highest rating, to the thoughtful anime series Gingitsune.

We talk to the man behind "Dalek Rainer" at last year's World Science Fiction Convention.

Fast Forward - Connie Willis

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Episode #287 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features a new interview with award winning author Connie Willis. Mrs. Willis talks about her latest novel, Crosstalk. The book is a romantic comedy, using the trope of telepathy to cause all sorts of havoc in the lives of the main characters.

Mrs. Willis also discusses a recent trip to the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she and other science fiction writers got to talk with the team that handles the Hubble telescope data.

Fast Forward - Charles Stross

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Episode #285 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with award winning author Charles Stross. Mr. Stross talks about two of his popular book series - The Laundry Files and The Merchant Princes.

This interview was recorded on May 27th, 2016, on location at Balticon in Baltimore, MD.

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Colleen Cahill gives us an unusual review of In Humor Most Odd, a story and essay collection by Alan Loewen.

Marianne Petrino gives a rating of four chans to the anime series Steins;Gate.

Fast Forward - Bill Campbell

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In Episode #284 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, we feature an interview with author, editor, and publisher Bill Campbell. Mr. Campbell talks about the most recent developments at his company, Rosarium Publishing.

He discusses several recent book projects, including one of stories inspired by the works of Samuel (Chip) Delany, an anthology of Southeast Asian "Steampunk" stories, and a book of essays and comics dealing with the current problem of police brutality in America.

Fast Forward - Contemporary Sci-fi - Edward M Lerner

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Episode #280 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with author Edward M. Lerner. Mr. Lerner talks about his latest novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, as well as other books in the InterstellarNet series. He discusses his process of writing, and how it has led to several shorter stories, including his Hugo Award nominated "Championship B'tok". Mr. Lerner also talks about the several books he wrote in collaboration with Larry Niven in the Fleet of Worlds series.

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Fast Forward - Contemporary Sci-fi - Conventions

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Episode #283 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with Bill Lawhorn, a science fiction fan who helps organize and run various science fiction conventions. Mr. Lawhorn talks about different types of conventions, what kind of activities you can find there, and how to get involved.

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We feature several short interviews recorded at, Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention.

Note: The YouTube link only contains the interview portion of the show.

Fast Forward - Contemporary Sci-fi - Charles Gannon

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Episode #282 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with author Charles E. Gannon. He talks in depth about his new book, Raising Caine, the third volume in his Tales of the Terran Republic/Caine Riordan series. Dr. Gannon discusses the political complexities of his future history, as well as the biology of his multiple alien races.

As a special treat, this episode of Fast Forward also goes on location, featuring short segments recorded at the Library of Congress and the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention.

Fast Forward - Contemporary Sci-fi - Neal Stephenson

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Episode #281 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction features an interview with award winning author and game designer Neal Stephenson. Mr. Stephenson talks about his latest science fiction novel, Seveneves. He discusses his reputation for including strong female protagonists, his life-long fascination with the space industry, and the many years it took to finish the book.

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Fast Forward - Sheila Williams

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Most of this episode of Fast Forward was taped on location at Capclave 2009, a regional literary science fiction convention in the Washington, DC area. Our interview is with Capclave's editor guest of honor Sheila Williams. Ms. Williams is the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, one of the most respected genre periodicals. She talks about how she got into the field of short fiction editing, and what she currently does at the magazine.

Fast Forward - Dom Testa

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Episode 236 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction (originally shown in July of 2010) features an interview with author Dom Testa. Mr. Testa is a long time radio host and "closet writer" who has written and published a highly successful young adult science fiction series of books, the Galahad series.
In the interview, host Tom Schaad and Mr. Testa talk about writing, characters, the publishing business, and getting young people to think that being smart is cool.