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After America, by John Birmingham

WBZ Book Club

The U.S. is wiped out by a massive wave of energy with only 1 percent surviving.

5 Aug 2021

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The 9pm One Podcast, Two Systems, and a Ladydisease with John Birmingham

The 9pm Edict

Australian author and reprobate John Birmingham joins me yet again for another conversation about everything from China to gonzo journalism, from Australia's federal budget to Irish scammers.We talk about JB's books and the end of the world, Israel, Palestine, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, gonzo journalism, endometriosis, fans, and Brisbane's Cafe 63.Full podcast details and credits at:https://the9pmedict.com/edict/00134/You can always support this podcast at:https://the9pmedict.com/tip/https://skank.com.au/subscribe/

1hr 7mins

17 May 2021

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The 9pm Overturned Turtle Taliban with John Birmingham

The 9pm Edict

Australian author and reprobate John Birmingham joins me once again for the first sensible episode in The 9pm End of Spring Series 2020.We talk about the US presidential election (obviously), the echoes of history, drugs, optimism, Blue Lives Matter, solar power, fake news, the Queensland election, love and hate, disinformation, media balance, and fundamentalist evangelicals.Full podcast details and credits at:https://the9pmedict.com/edict/00121/Support this podcast at:https://the9pmedict.com/tip/https://skank.com.au/subscribe/

1hr 18mins

6 Nov 2020

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The 9pm End of Civilisation with John Birmingham

The 9pm Edict

Australian author and reprobate John Birmingham joins me for the first in this podcast's Spring Series 2020.We talk about Cobra Kai, Elon Musk's high-energy cyberpig, QAnon and weaponised BS, pea and ham soup, the nature of democracy, baby fascists, the re-election of Donald Trump (obviously), and the collapse of civilisation generally.Full podcast details at:https://stilgherrian.com/edict/00115/Support this podcast at:https://stilgherrian.com/tip/https://skank.com.au/subscribe/

1hr 14mins

4 Sep 2020

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S1E8 - Cyber War with Breakfast Burritos – New Fiction with John Birmingham - Password123

UNSW Canberra Podcasts

What would happen if the world began to run out of food? How does cyber security play a role in global food supply?We sit down with renowned author John Birmingham to discuss his new book 'Zero Day Code', set in a world where dwindling global food supplies are under increasing pressure from worsening droughts, floods and extreme weather events.John Birmingham worked as a researcher for the Australian Department of Defence but left to write features for magazines in a decade before publishing 'He Died With A Falafel In His Hand'. He was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Playboy and won the National Award For Non-Fiction with 'Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney'.You can find more information about John at https://cheeseburgergothic.com and the audio only book Zero Day Code is available here: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Zero-Day-Code-Audiobook/B07T23C177

53mins

6 Nov 2019

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John Birmingham, "The Cruel Stars" (Del Rey, 2019)

New Books in Science Fiction

After writing more than 30 books, including memoirs, military science fiction, alternate histories, and a book of writing advice, John Birmingham was ready to try his hand at the sweeping and dramatic science fiction subgenre known as space opera.But you’d never know The Cruel Stars(Del Rey, 2019) is his first attempt at epic, interstellar, battle-of-the-ages storytelling. His deft hand has produced a tightly paced, suspenseful, and bitingly funny adventure full of wild military tech, high-stakes conflict, and five eloquent characters.“I'm a huge fan of the [space opera] genre, but it took me a while to get the confidence to write my own,” Birmingham says.The conflict at the core of The Cruel Stars pits the Sturm—who believe with Nazi-like conviction in keeping humans “pure,” i.e. free of genetic or technological enhancements—against the rest of humanity.“I very much based [the Sturm] on the ultra-right, which was coming to scary prominence as I was first putting this book together. But in a way, the system against which they set themselves isn't particularly pretty either.”Set in the far future, the story follows multiple protagonists: a scrappy lieutenant who suddenly finds herself commanding a powerful warship, a pre-pubescent princess on the run from the Sturm, a sharp-shooting pirate, a centuries-old, reclusive and foul-mouthed war hero, and a prisoner convicted of treason whose computer-generated soul is facing permanent “deletion.”Each character has a distinct voice and unique challenges. Princess Alessia, for example, transforms overnight from a coddled heir to an embattled leader while war hero Admiral Frazer McLennan must finally confront the guilt he feels for decisions he made hundreds of years ago when he last battled the Sturm.But the story’s center of gravity is Lucinda Hardy, the lieutenant-turned-commander. “Hers is the story I want to investigate most of all,” Birmingham says. “She grew up poor, and she finds herself moving through rarefied and powerful centers of society. Early on, one of the other characters tells her ‘You don't belong here.’ And the thing that she has to come to terms with over the course of her story is whether or not she does.”The Cruel Stars, which came out in August, is the first installment of a planned trilogy.Rob Wolf is the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape. A former journalist, he directs communications at a non-profit dedicated to justice reform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-fiction

40mins

10 Oct 2019

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John Birmingham, "The Cruel Stars" (Del Rey, 2019)

New Books in Literature

After writing more than 30 books, including memoirs, military science fiction, alternate histories, and a book of writing advice, John Birmingham was ready to try his hand at the sweeping and dramatic science fiction subgenre known as space opera.But you’d never know The Cruel Stars(Del Rey, 2019) is his first attempt at epic, interstellar, battle-of-the-ages storytelling. His deft hand has produced a tightly paced, suspenseful, and bitingly funny adventure full of wild military tech, high-stakes conflict, and five eloquent characters.“I'm a huge fan of the [space opera] genre, but it took me a while to get the confidence to write my own,” Birmingham says.The conflict at the core of The Cruel Stars pits the Sturm—who believe with Nazi-like conviction in keeping humans “pure,” i.e. free of genetic or technological enhancements—against the rest of humanity.“I very much based [the Sturm] on the ultra-right, which was coming to scary prominence as I was first putting this book together. But in a way, the system against which they set themselves isn't particularly pretty either.”Set in the far future, the story follows multiple protagonists: a scrappy lieutenant who suddenly finds herself commanding a powerful warship, a pre-pubescent princess on the run from the Sturm, a sharp-shooting pirate, a centuries-old, reclusive and foul-mouthed war hero, and a prisoner convicted of treason whose computer-generated soul is facing permanent “deletion.”Each character has a distinct voice and unique challenges. Princess Alessia, for example, transforms overnight from a coddled heir to an embattled leader while war hero Admiral Frazer McLennan must finally confront the guilt he feels for decisions he made hundreds of years ago when he last battled the Sturm.But the story’s center of gravity is Lucinda Hardy, the lieutenant-turned-commander. “Hers is the story I want to investigate most of all,” Birmingham says. “She grew up poor, and she finds herself moving through rarefied and powerful centers of society. Early on, one of the other characters tells her ‘You don't belong here.’ And the thing that she has to come to terms with over the course of her story is whether or not she does.”The Cruel Stars, which came out in August, is the first installment of a planned trilogy.Rob Wolf is the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape. A former journalist, he directs communications at a non-profit dedicated to justice reform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literature

40mins

10 Oct 2019

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"He Died with a Felafel in his Hand" by John Birmingham - with Bridget Hassed

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This fortnight, Bridget Hassed comes in to talk about John Birmingham's Australian share-house memoir, He Died with a Felafel in his Hand, as well as our own accommodation experiences and, for some reason, stories about fucked animals we've seen. On the next episode, Sam Bowden joins the show to discuss Vladimir Nabokov's controversial classic novel, Lolita. There's a lot going on with that book. It's available at libraries and most book shops and everything. My ex gave me her copy because she had no intention of ever reading it and was gonna give it to St Vinnie's otherwise. My point is that it's easy to find. Bridget's Twitter Joel's Twitter Joel's Facebook Ryan Sim made the logo! Thank you Ryan! Pay him to design something for you. Ryan's graphic design page Subscribe to the podcast, rate and review etc. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

50mins

29 Jun 2019

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How To Be A Writer: Traditional Publishing To Indie And Hybrid With John Birmingham

The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers

Today I’m talking with Australian author John Birmingham about his journey from the dizzying heights of the traditional publishing scene, to deciding to go indie and hybrid and his insights into how the publishing industry has changed. It’s an honest and really fascinating interview. In the intro, I talk about how we can deal with […] The post How To Be A Writer: Traditional Publishing To Indie And Hybrid With John Birmingham first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 3mins

21 Aug 2017

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Episode 3: John Birmingham

Penmanship

John Birmingham is an author, columnist and freelance journalist. Since I began venturing into freelance journalism six years ago, John has loomed large in my life. At first, I admired him from afar by devouring his autobiographical books, including his cult classic He Died With A Felafel In His Hand and its sequel, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco. I read his journalism in magazines like The Monthly, his online columns on Brisbane Times, his cannabis travelogue Dopeland and his collection of essays with the memorable title, Off One’s Tits. All of that writing was rooted in reality. In 2010, I also read one of John’s fiction titles, After America, and I leveraged my interest in that release, and in John’s work in general, into a short feature article for The Big Issue that same year. That’s where I first met John Birmingham: as a young freelancer interviewing him for a national magazine. I was thrilled by this opportunity, because I was essentially being paid to interview one of my favourite Australian writers.  In 2015, John remains a giant of the literary scene, a true chameleon who can jump between fiction and non-fiction, short-form and long-form, with enviable ease. He’s an outrageous talent and I’m honoured to consider him a freelance colleague and a friend. He’s someone who has seen and done it all, as far as Australian writing is concerned, yet he maintains a freakishly prolific output and a young man’s hunger for the craft. For me, he remains a source of inspiration as dependable as the tides.  Our interview took place at John’s home, in the inner-east suburb of Balmoral on a Tuesday morning in April . He led me downstairs to his writing room, which features an enormous floor-to-ceiling book shelf stacked with titles and a couple of awards he’s earned over the years. John kicked his dog out of the room so she didn’t stink up the place, and we settled into comfortable chairs opposite one another for a conversation which touches on his upbringing in Ipswich, Queensland; his early interest in writing, which led him to manually copy some of his favourite writers line-by-line; his move from journalism into fiction writing, and his short-lived job as a producer for the national television program A Current Affair.  John Birmingham has published lots of books. So many that he sort of loses track of them. He wrote features for magazines in a decade before publishing He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Bay Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: An Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun. His most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Dave Hooper novels. He blogs at cheeseburgergothic.com.  Show notes and links to John’s writing discussed in this episode: http://penmanshippodcast.com/episode-3-john-birmingham/ John Birmingham on Twitter: @JohnBirmingham Penmanship on Twitter: @PenmanshipAU penmanshippodcast.com

1hr 31mins

3 Jun 2015