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Catherynne M. Valente

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28. The Maiden-Tree by Catherynne M. Valente

Widdershins Stories

“The Maiden-Tree” by Catherynne M. Valente is a dark look at the classic Sleeping Beauty. What attraction does a spinning wheel have to a sixteen year old girl? What comes from a hundred years kept preserved after the first blood soaked stab of the needle? The prince is not really coming, at least not for what you think he wants. And really, who is to say what happens when the briars take over the castle and are hungry for more? Take care that the roses don’t take you too.CW: this episode contains descriptions of body horrorCatherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of forty works of speculative fiction and poetry, including Space Opera, The Refrigerator Monologues, Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human. To learn more about Catherynne and her work, please visit www.catherynnemvalente.com If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:www.widdershinsstories.comSupport us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstoriesFor more information on Ashley, please visit:www.oldgrowthalchemy.com www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemyFor more information on Joe, please visit:www.joesabourin.com


5 Mar 2021

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"This Is No Cave" by Catherynne M. Valente

Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back

Author Catherynne M. Valente chats with Star Wars books editor Tom Hoeler about their short story, "This Is No Cave," from the Star Wars anthology book, From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.


19 Nov 2020

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12: Catherynne M. Valente

My Favourite Elliott Smith Song

Catherynne M. Valente - or Cat - is a writer of fantasy and science fiction books. Her work includes the novels Palimpsest and Space Opera, and the Fairyland and Orphan's Tales series of books. Cat heard Elliott Smith for the first time in Miss Misery and immediately set about saving the money she needed to buy the film's soundtrack. In this interview we talk about how her love of Elliott has grown since, how it has helped her through some difficult times and, of course, her pick for her favourite song. We round this off with a listener pick from Laura. If you want to feature on the show, just send us a voice note telling us what your favourite Elliott Smith song is to submissions@myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com.Extra things to look at / listen to: The White Lady Loves You More by Elliott Smith on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1GRafxm1wx4A31ULSBhKRt?si=1Jp9CvGuQlykyuUF5v4Z4A Elliott Smith (album) by Elliott Smith on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0w0jXq1fLPMPCNsVmmxNnc?si=XlzOkMiQSx-q0F2t9Zk_Vw Blackbird (Beatles cover) by Elliott Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTOZTK-yDr4 Catherynne M. Valente website: http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/ My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong. MyFavouriteElliottSmithSong.com


1 Oct 2020

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“Color, Heat, and the Wreck of the Argo” by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Anaea Lay

Strange Horizons

In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Catherynne M. Valente's “Color, Heat, and the Wreck of the Argo.” You can read the full text of the story here.

1hr 9mins

7 Sep 2020

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Season 5, Episode 14 “The Game" (TNG) with Catherynne M. Valente

Enterprising Individuals

Pull on your worst sweater and get ready to save the day again as we play "The Game"!New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente returns to the show this week to discuss an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that gives the Wesley Crusher we didn't know we wanted. A new pleasure-inducing video game is quickly becoming everyone's favorite shipboard pastime. But when the game is revealed to be a sinister plot to take over the Federation, Wesley and Robin will have to outwit the adults take back the ship!Wesley Crusher may be everyone's favorite Trek punching bag, but in reality he's one of the franchise's most interesting characters. For a show that's all about going boldly, we meet him at an age of uncertainty and fear and we see him grow into a character with his own self-created sense of moral integrity. He's someone with all the gifts of the Federation's best citizens, and yet he bravely rejects the path that he seems destined to take, military service for an organization whose values he questions.. I mean, how many genius Trek characters drop out of college to cruise the galaxy with their laid-back alien mentor? On this episode, we talk about what's behind Wesley hate, the way Wesley bridged the gap between child and adult viewers in TNG's early days, the idea of Wesley as Gene's avatar in Trek, the strangely Puritan morals on display in the episode, the way that Trek tries to push against Roddenberry's original mission statement, and the joy that is Robin Lefler.We also discuss dealing with your problematic faves, putting video games on trial, LESLIE Crusher, the "big gets" for early TNG, a gamut of "O faces", synthaheroin, magical realism, being horny for chocolate, the persistence of Sadie Hawkins, "Stay dorky, stay alive", fooling the censors with sci-fi, Trek's obsession with having a 9/11, post-bang levels of intimacy, some Picard talk, some Pike talk, a Eurovision update, the Hugos controversy 2020 edition, somehow even MORE Mass Effect talk, and Prester John, too!Thanks to Cat's Star Trek-loving brother for choosing this episode!Follow Cat on Twitter and watch her Prester John video!http://www.twitter.com/catvalentehttps://www.patreon.com/catvalentehttp://www.catherynnemvalente.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8lu_A72N10Learn the story behind your favorite Trek stories with Backtrekking!http://www.twitter.com/backtrekkingBliss out with us on Facebook and Twitter and the Just Enough Trope Discord!http://www.facebook.com/eistpodhttp://www.twitter.com/eistpodhttps://discord.gg/UeytGNPGive us a roll of quarters on Patreon and Ko-Fi!http://www.patreon.com/eistpodhttps://ko-fi.com/E1E01M2UASubscribe to the show on iTunes!https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/enterprising-individuals/id1113165661?mt=2

1hr 43mins

26 Aug 2020

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Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest

Alzabo Soup

Intro - Metz and Phil talk about hosting a podcast. Content (9:04) - Discussion of Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente.

1hr 3mins

17 Jul 2020

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Episode 462: Ten Minutes with Catherynne M. Valente

The Coode Street Podcast

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times. Today Jonathan spends ten minutes with bestselling, multiple award-winning author of Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente, who joins him from an island of the northeastern coast of America, to talk about reading, writing and working during these strange times and trying to do so with an infant in the house, the work of Hank Green and Jenny Slate, her love of Dune, her upcoming short fiction, the return of Tetley Abdnego, and much more. Books mentioned include: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente A Perfect Host by Catherynne M. Valente A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green Little Weirds by Jenny Slate Station Eleven by Hilary St. John Mandel Dune by Frank Herbert The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes


27 Jun 2020

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The Days of Flaming Motorcycles, by Catherynne M. Valente

Dark Tome

Caitlin no longer tracks days by the calendar - instead, it's by the theme covers of the journals she writes while she goes to work at the derelict Java Shack in Augusta, Maine. The themes of these journals, e.g. "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles," are both a useful counter of time and contain the truthful account of her observations of the zombie apocalypse...A mesmerizing story of pandemic and zombies by Catherynne M. Valente, NYT bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry (including one of my personal all-time-favorites, the Orphan’s Tales).Read by Kat Moraros, a Chicago-based actor originally hailing from North Yarmouth, Maine. Kat has a deep background of stage, film and voice acting, and is represented by Gill Talent Group Chicago. www.katmoraros.com ( http://www.katmoraros.com ) @katmorarosFemale zombie FX by Sarah Golding, AKA Quirky Voices, sarahgoldingvoiceactorandmore.weebly.com and host of the MADIVA podcast for voice actors.Produced, designed, and some zombie sounds by Fred Greenhalgh, co-creator of the Dark Tome.


10 Apr 2020

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Season 4, Episode 19 “Where No One Has Gone Before" (TNG) with Catherynne M. Valente

Enterprising Individuals

Wave goodbye to the Milky Way and meet us at the corner of thought and reality as we go "Where No One Has Gone Before"!New York Times Bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente joins the show this week to discuss an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that posits that the real final frontier exists within the human mind! The USS Enterprise receives a visit from a Federation scientist who claims to have developed a technique that will revolutionize warp travel. But, when his ministrations take the ship beyond the boundaries of our galaxy and reality itself, only Wesley and the scientist's strange companion stand a chance of returning everyone home again.Since its very inception, Star Trek storytelling has drawn on both science fiction and fantasy tropes to create the world of the future. Starfleet officers may employ logic and technology to explore the galaxy, but they often find themselves stymied by beings and phenomena that challenge their scientific assumptions about our universe. But like any hero, whether fantastic or science-fictional, their purity of spirit and sense of wonder are their most noble traits. On this episode, we talk about the distinctions between Star Trek and space opera, the presumed hard sci-fi and harder atheism of Roddenberry's universe, sci-fi's roots in fantasy storytelling, the traditionally heroic qualities of Trek characters, the way early TNG channeled TOS, the progressive masculinity of Captain Picard, the religion of discovery, and Trek's pioneering of continuity in genre television.We also discuss comfort-watching TNG, Slacking with your commanding officer, the lovable dorks of the Federation, starting with hard sci-fi and ending up with magic and angels, all-time Wesley sweaters, the cosmic Mr. Rogers, riffing on Scotty, the endearing quality of fallibility, Riker as an HR nightmare, psychics are OP, grilling your alien tea mom, Starfleet is the real Mary Sue, the alien in striped pajamas, being a massive fan of Mass Effect, and Cath organically brings up Farscape and you better believe that Kal takes advantage of it! Trek just wants to HUG YOU!Follow Catherynne on Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon!https://twitter.com/catvalentehttps://www.facebook.com/cmvalentehttp://www.patreon/catvalenteBuy Cath's book "Space Opera" and pre-order her Minecraft novel, "The End"!https://amzn.to/2pFaefLhttps://amzn.to/2MFluSzFade out of existence with us on Facebook and Twitter and the Just Enough Trope Discord!http://www.facebook.com/eistpodhttp://www.twitter.com/eistpodhttps://discord.gg/UeytGNPBuy us tea on Patreon!http://www.patreon.com/eistpodSubscribe to the show on iTunes!https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/enterprising-individuals/id1113165661?mt=2

1hr 30mins

23 Oct 2019

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S1E2: The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente

Dark Tome

In Episode 2 of the Dark Tome, Cassie knows better but can't escape the temptation to return to Mr. Gussy's bookshop. She finds the old man frustrated that he can't make the magical book work. It's take someone younger - someone for whom the walls between this world and the next are a little thinner. They catch a whiff of fresh bread, and are transported to the world of Catherynne M. Valente's fable "The Bread We Eat in Dreams," where a certain personable demon named Agnes will recount the story of her ejection from hell and the little hamlet that grew up around her. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/

1hr 6mins

19 Oct 2019