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Sam J. Miller

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Episode 177: Boys, Beasts & Sam J. Miller

Eating the Fantastic

Catch up with Sam J. Miller over khachapuri as we discuss the 1,500 short story submissions he made between 2002 and 2012 (as well as the one story which was rejected 99 times), the peculiar importance of the missing comma from the title of his new collection Boys, Beasts & Men, his technique for reading collections written by others, why the Clarion Writing Workshop was transformative, how Samuel R. Delany gave him permission, the way his novels and short stories exist in a shared universe, the impossibility of predicting posthumous fame, the superpower he developed via decades of obscurity, the differing ideas of what writers block means, and much more.

1hr 29mins

5 Aug 2022

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Audio from June 15th, with Karen Heuler & Sam J. Miller

Fantastic Fiction at KGB

Here’s the audio from the June 15th, 2022 Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series with guests Karen Heuler & Sam J. Miller.​​ If you’d like to support our Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, you can do so here.​ ​ Karen Heuler Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 120 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction to Weird Tales, as well as in a number of Best Of anthologies (and in one of Ellen Datlow’s anthologies!). Her latest novel, The Splendid City, has just been published by Angry Robot Books. It’s a tale about stolen water, an exiled witch and her gun-wielding cat, and a city run by a self-declared President who loves parades. She has a literary short-story collection about dementia coming out in August, and Fairwood Books will publish A Slice of the Dark, a SF/F mix, this coming November. & Sam J. Miller Sam J. Miller’s books have been called “must reads” and “bests of the year” by USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among others. He is the Nebula-Award-winning author of Blackfish City, which has been translated into six languages and won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He’s also the last in a long line of butchers. He lives in New York City, and at samjmiller.com


28 Jun 2022

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Episode 128 - Sam J. Miller

Punk Rock Pariah with Grendel & Greg

On Episode 128 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel sits down with award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Sam J. Miller to talk about his new short stories collection Boys, Beasts, & Men. The two explore the themes of monsters, masculinity, and growing up a gay punk in rural NY  in Sam's books, as well as activism, film, and so much more. This is an extraordinary interview. Sam is appearing at the University Bookstore on the Ave on Wednesday, June 22, at 6 pm. There will be a reading and a Q&A with author Ted Chiang. Learn more or register HERE.  Sam J. Miller In Conversation With Ted ChiangWednesday, June 22nd @ 6 pmUniversity Bookstore4326 University Way NE 98105 Learn more about Sam at samjmiller.com.

1hr 1min

21 Jun 2022

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Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller


This episode is also available as a blog post: https://forthenovellovers.wordpress.com/2022/04/08/blackfish-city-by-sam-j-miller/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


9 Apr 2022

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Episode 35: Sam J. Miller - Blue Matter

Tales from the Trunk

This time around, I'm joined by multi-award-nominated-and-winning author Sam J. Miller (@sentencebender)! Sam reads from his trunked novel, Blue Matter, which leads us into a great conversation about YA, the ways that genre books are in conversation with each other, and why we're ultimately glad that our journeys as creators have been the shapes they are. Things we mention in this episode: The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller Blackfish City, by Sam J. Miller The Blade Between, by Sam J. Miller Michael Pollan Ted Chiang The Clarion Workshop Octavia Butler Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro John Bellairs Joan Aiken The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier The Butter Battle Book, by Dr. Seuss Mutual assured destruction The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss RuPaul's Drag Race Aikido Be the Serpent, Episode 91 Beowulf, translated by Maria Dahvana Headley Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson Iambic pentameter "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe Hudson, NY This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar Max and Gladstone Mexican Gothic, by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North The Echo Wife, by Sarah Gailey Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir The Unbroken, by C. L. Clark The Death of Jane Lawrence and The Luminous Dead, by Caitlin Starling Boys, Beasts & Men, by Sam J. Miller Sam's website and insta Join us again next month, when I'll be talking to R. J. Theodore and Ivy Noelle Weir!


21 Jan 2022

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Interview - Sam J. Miller - Blackfish City

PKDHeads Podcast Bonus

Here we have David's in-depth interview with multiple award-winning author Sam J. Miller. They discuss Sam's Nebula Award-nominated novel Blackfish City along with subjects ranging from PKD to bike riding. "It’s overwhelming, that my story of lesbian warrior grandmas and oversexed gay boys and gender-non-binary revolutionaries AND KILLER WHALES AND POLAR BEARS has received such a positive response. And now, to have gotten this kind of nod from my peers in the science fiction & fantasy community, is beyond incredible. " Sam J. Miller on his Nebula Award nomination And don't forget to check out my Patreon. For just a dollar you can see and hear early content from DickHeads Podcast like an unedited version of this interview. Plus other projects I have cooking and more and more extras all the time. Our Patreon ►► http://www.patreon.com/LanghorneJTweed Electric Larryland Discord ►► https://discord.gg/RAyg2uFind Sam J. Miller: Sam's Website ►► http://samjmiller.com/ Blackfish City ►► https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068768-blackfish-city?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=kZjxYdqRG1&rank=2 Music on this episode is from ►► Valis: An Opera by Tod Machover Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Valis-ANNE-BOGDEN…EMA/dp/B000003GI2 FIND US: Twitter ►►https://twitter.com/Dickheadspod Facebook ►►https://www.facebook.com/Dickheadspodcast/ Soundcloud ►►https://soundcloud.com/dickheadspodcast Instagram ►►https://www.instagram.com/dickheadspodcast/ YouTube ►►https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5…UlAAoWtLiCg--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pkdheadsbonus/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pkdheadsbonus/support


6 Nov 2021

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EP 87; The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller

SuperLit Podcast

Hey friends! This week we talk about the absolute whale of a story that is The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller. The Blade Between follows Ronan's arrival back in his sleepy upstate hometown, Hudson New York. While reconnecting with Dom, his first love, and Attalah, Ronan's old friend and Dom's current wife, Ronan and Attalah start to come up with a plan to save the town from death via Gentrification. The only issue? The sleepy town isn't so sleepy and there's a mysterious force embedded in the foundation of the very fabric of this town that is threatening to cause more than just a little chaos. Theme Song by Man With Roses


30 Oct 2021

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Episode 66 - Mining Queer Humanity: An Interview with Sam J. Miller

Just Keep Writing

This week, for their fourth Pride Month episode, Marshall, Nick, Wil, and Brent sit down with Sam J. Miller to discuss his career, and his work.  Links mentioned during the show: Sam J. Miller Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo Support the Show: Patreon Kofi Indie Bound Contact us! JustKeepWriting.org Discord Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Marshall: Website: www.marshallcarr.com Email: marshall@marshallcarr.com Twitter: @darthpops Nick:  Website: www.brightinks.org Email: nicholasbright@brightinks.org Twitter: @BrightInks Wil:  Email: wil@justkeepwriting.org Twitter: @wil_ralston Instagram: @wilsartrules Brent:  Twitter: @BrentCLambert @fiyahlitmag Fiyah Lit Magazine Now, just keep writing!


25 Jun 2021

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The Liars Club Oddcast # 206 | Sam J. Miller, Award Winning Author

The Liars Club Oddcast

On this Oddcast, Nebula- and Campbell-award-winning author Sam J. Miller, whose novels—THE BLADE BETWEEN, BLACKFISH CITY, and THE ART OF STARVING—have been called "must reads" and "bests of the year" by USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, talks about gentrification horror, social activism, whaling, and floating cities with hosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.


12 May 2021

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show #303: sam j. miller on the power of stories & activism

podcast – the drax files radio hour

sam j. miller writes magical fiction, situated firmly in the “real” world of gentrified cities, exploitation of labor, depicting the immoral dominance of capital, hell bent on extracting value no matter what and shining a light on the plight of the poor, addicted and struggling in his hometown of hudson, ny, as well as in... Read More

19 Apr 2021