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 - 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.

Fast Forward - Nebula Awards

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Episode #235 is a Special Edition of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. The program features highlights from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebula Awards ceremony. The ceremony was held on May 15, 2010, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The Nebula Awards are among the most prestigious in science fiction literature. For a list of winners, you can visit www.nebulaawards.com.

Fast Forward - Mindy Klasky

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This episode of Fast Forward: Contemporary SF (which originally ran in April 2010) features a new interview with author Mindy Klasky. Ms. Klasky discusses her latest book, When Good Wishes Go Bad, the second novel in her As You Wish series. She also talks with host Mike Zipser about the challenges of a series that changes main characters with each book, and tells us exactly what a dramaturg does.

Fast Forward - David Williams

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This episode of Fast Forward:CSF features an interview with author David J. Williams. Mr. Williams talks about The Machinery of Light, the soon-to-be-released final book in his Autumn Rain trilogy. He also discusses aspects of his approach to building his future world and a large "ensemble" cast of characters.

Fast Forward - Jasper Fforde

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This episode of Fast Forward: Contemporary SF is a little different - the entire show consists of author Jasper Fforde talking about his latest novel, Shades of Grey. Mr. Fforde was in the US for the release of the new book, and gave a very entertaining speech and signed books at Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, DC.

The speech was recorded at Politics and Prose on January 16, 2010, and this episode of Fast Forward was first shown in February 2010.

Fast Forward - Scott Edelman

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In this episode of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, host Mike Zipser has a wide ranging discussion with author and editor Scott Edelman about Mr. Edelman's eclectic career - years working in the Marvel Comics bullpen, editing both print and online magazines, writing science fiction and horror - and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.

Fast Forward - Harry Turtledove

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Episode 230 of Fast Forward features an interview with author Harry Turtledove, the "Master of Alternate History". Mr Turtledove talks about how he started writing alternate history novels, and how writing alternate history compares to other forms of speculative fiction. This interview was recorded on October 17th, 2009, at the Capclave 2009 science fiction convention.

Fast Forward - Keith Donohue

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Episode 228 of Fast Forward features an interview with author Keith Donohue. He talks about the themes of faith and redemption in his second novel, Angels of Destruction. Mr. Donohue also compares the experience of writing the second book with writing his first novel.
This episode was originally shown in October of 2009.

Also in this episode:
Marianne Petrino reviews Garakuta: Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, a 14 episode anime series.
Colleen Cahill reviews The Lightning Thief, a children's/young adult novel by Rick Riordan.

Fast Forward - Tom Doyle

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This episode of Fast Forward originally ran in September of 2009. It features an interview with author Tom Doyle, who talks about his award winning short fiction, as well as his experience at the acclaimed Clarion Writers' Workshop.
Also in this episode:
Marianne Petrino reviews the Anime series The Galaxy Railways.
Reporting from this year's World Science Fiction Convention, John Pomeranz interviews editor and publisher David Hartwell - revealing Mr. Hartwell's "brighter" side...