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Chris Beckett

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SciFi Writers : Chris Beckett

Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

 Chris Beckett is one of the UK’s leading science fiction writers.  His novel Dark Eden won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award for the best UK published science fiction novel of the year in 2012 and his latest novel Two Tribes was published to considerable critical acclaim in 2020.  In this podcast we have an interview with Chris and extracts from his novels.  Listeners are advised that there is some explicit language in this podcast.Thank you to Chris Beckett for taking the time to record this interview with us.  The excerpts you heard were from the following novelsThe presenter of this podcast is Tiffany ClareThe interviewer is Chris GregorySound design and production were also by Chris Gregory America City (published in 2017) The reader was Marie-Claire Wood Beneath the World, A Sea (published in 2019) – excerpts were read by Harri Rees Jones Tomorrow (due to be published in July 2021) – excerpts were read by Charlie Richards and Tiffany ClareYou also heard excerpts from our audio drama adaptation of Two Tribes with the voices of Verity Blyth, Rosa Samuels, Sadie Pepperrell and Charlie Richards Chris’s novels and short story collections are published in the UK by Corvus Books which is an imprint of Atlantic Books.  We’d like to thank Kate Straker from Corvus / Atlantic for her help in the making of this podcast and for allowing us to use these excerpts.    You can purchase Chris Beckett’s novels via Hive here   https://tinyurl.com/3kk8f6w4And via Amazon here   https://tinyurl.com/4ebs6whjVisit Chris’ website here http://www.chris-beckett.com/You can visit Corvus’ Website here  https://atlantic-books.co.uk/corvus/ Follow Chris on twitter here https://twitter.com/chriszbeckettAnd Corvus here https://twitter.com/CorvusBooksChris’s reading recommendations in the podcast were  Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again by M John Harrisonhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/m-john-harrison/the-sunken-land-begins-to-rise-again/9780575096370/ Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo https://tinyurl.com/yzyhrwhw Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake https://tinyurl.com/b6wjehs Next week on the podcast, in the second part of our short series in which we talk to science fiction authors we’ll feature Emily Inkpen.  Listeners may recall Emily’s audio drama The Bomb which we published last summer.  Coming soon we’ll have Emily’s latest drama The Hunt and in the interview Emily talks about the process of writing drama, how The Hunt fits into her wider literary universe and how the process of writing her novel series The Dex Legacy is going.   Follow us on twitter for more details and follow Emily Inkpen on twitter to find out more about her writing. Alternative Stories on twitter https://twitter.com/StoriesAltEmily Inkpen https://twitter.com/emilyinkpen If you are interested in writing audio drama you can join our forthcoming introductory workshop in which we’ll work with extracts from Alt Stories dramas via the link belowhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148761496641Support the show

1hr 14mins

9 Apr 2021

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Episode 57 mit "Two Tribes" von Chris Beckett


Wie schon in der letzten Episode, geht es auch in Episode 57 wieder nach England. Diesmal aber nicht in ein magisches, sondern in ein zukünftiges und von dort gleich wieder in ein kürzlich vergangenes. Verwirrend? Macht nichts. Hört rein, es geht um „Two Tribes“ von Chris Beckett. Der Beitrag Episode 057 Two Tribes von Chris Beckett erschien zuerst auf Weltenflüstern.


24 Mar 2021

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#11: I'm Alone with Chris Beckett

The Tiny Bookcase

Ben and Nico return for Season Two of The Tiny Bookcase. They are joined by author Chris Beckett, whose novel Dark Eden won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2013. This tenacious trio tackle the prompt "I'm Alone"! Join our mailing list: https://www.thetinybookcase.co.uk/sign-up Support the show

1hr 30mins

15 Feb 2021

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Styles of dialogue with Chris Beckett

The Writing Life

Author Chris Beckett joins us this week to explore styles of dialogue in literature and how Chris uses it in his novel Two Tribes. Covering topics as wide-ranging as conversation-as-animal-grooming to Brexit, Chris shares his tips and insight into how humans interact and different ways of capturing that on the page. Asking the questions is Sam Ruddock of Gatehouse Press and Story Machines Productions. This episode is part of our Early Career Writer's Resource Pack focusing on dialogue in prose fiction, scriptwriting and comics. Find more from Hannah Berry, Femi Kayode, Carys Davies and Taylor Beidler at https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/pack-6-dialogue/ Made possible by support from Arts Council England. Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones. Find out more about what we do: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ More on our Early Career Awards: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/early-career-awards/ Music by Bennet Maples.


10 Feb 2021

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023 The Importance Of Knowing What You Don't Know - Chris Beckett talks about Poetry, Haiku and Ethiopia

Travelling Through... London, the World and Life

CHRIS BECKETT was born in the UK and during his early childhood was brought up in Ethiopia. Ever since, he has had an ongoing cultural relationship with the country and its people through poetry. This year, Chris has published a book of poems reflecting his childhood and his perceptions of the country at this young age entitled Tenderfoot. He has also, in collaboration with exiled journalist and poet Alemu Tebeje, published the first ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic Poetry entitled Songs We Learn From Trees. Chris and his artist partner Isao Miura collaborated on a wonderful project entitled Sketches from the Poem Road which is their visual and poetic interpretation of Matsuo Basho's classic The Narrow Road To The Deep North of which they were shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award in 2015. Enjoy the wonderful podcast chat I have with Chris about poetry, translation, Ethiopia, Japan, haiku, food and everything else in between! You can reach Chris at https://www.chrisbeckettpoems.com/ and also http://www.tamratbooks.com/ He is published through Carcanet Press https://www.carcanet.co.uk/index.shtml Chris' partner, artist Isao Miura is at https://www.isaomiura.com/ Some of the POETS/WRITERS Chris refers to: Tamar Yoseloff, Alemu Tebeje, James Baldwin, Ephrem Seyoum, Daljit Nagra, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Kenji Miyazawa, Shuntarō Tunikawa, Ted Hughes, Ezra Pound, Honore de Balzac, Voltaire Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Agard, Ben Zephaniah, Lemn Sissay, Zewdu Milikit; Jack Kerouac. Musician and Singer: Haymanot Tesfa: @haymanottesfamusic. To find out about your podcast host Emma you can go to https://www.travellingthrough.co.uk/ A big thanks to Mariska Martina at https://www.mariskamartina.com/ for creating our wonderful podcast jingle! And finally, a big thanks to Chris Beckett and Isao Miura for hosting this week's podcast - and for the delicious Ethiopian coffee :)

1hr 35mins

27 Oct 2020

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13.3 (fixed): Chris Beckett discusses his novel Dark Eden, writing for realism over role models, and how he thinks about genre.

Spectology: The Science Fiction Book Club Podcast

(Uploaded the wrong file earlier, if you have 2 versions of this episode, this is the correct one.) This week we have a very special episode, as we're joined by Chris Beckett, author of April's book club selection Dark Eden. Chris was kind enough to call in from the UK to answer questions from Adrian, Matt, & Kevin (as asked by Adrian) about the book, his writing process, how he views political change, why his books don't have role models, his history with science fiction, and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you like it, let us know, and we'll try to do more author interviews in the future.  Many thanks to Chris Beckett for making time for us, it was an incredibly enjoyable & thoughtful conversation. Make sure to check out Chris' most recent book, Beneath the World, a Sea, which is available in hardcover & ebook in the UK and can be shipped to the US via sellers on Amazon.  --- We'd love to hear from you, either by chatting with us on twitter at @spectologypod, sending us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submitting the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast when we talk about your comment. And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends! Many thanks to Dubby J and Noah Bradley for doing our music and art.


23 Apr 2019

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StarShipSofa No 584 Chris Beckett


PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 447 – LAST WEEK 438 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "The Peacock Clock" by Chris BeckettOriginally published in the short fiction collection of the same name.Chris Beckett’s short stories began to appear in print in 1990. He has published 6 novels to date, the most recent being America City, and 3 short story collections, of which the latest is Spring Tide. His next novel, Beneath the World, a Sea, will appear in April 2019. He won the Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden, and the Edge Hill Prize for his story collection, The Turing Test. A former social worker, social work manager and social work lecturer, but now concentrating on his writing, he lives in Cambridge, England.Narrated by: George HrabMulti-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs and a concert DVD; published two books; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award-winning podcast; emceed countless science conferences; been a TEDx speaker; and has even performed for President Clinton. He’s traveled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment.Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H SturgisSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 6mins

17 Apr 2019

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Ep 21 - Chris Beckett

Invaders From Planet 3

Author Chris Beckett joins us in this episode, where he talks about his first loves in sf, including Heinlein's Starman Jones, CS Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth. He describes the importance of being able to explore his father's book collection and coming from a family with a scientific background, and what his father thought of his eventual decision to become a writer. We also chat about how Chris' career as a social worker has influenced both his own writing and his views on other science fiction. As part of this, we talk about the connection between the science fictional mindset and that of social work, and sf's value as escapism. Chris also discusses his latest novel, America City, and drops a hint about his next, as yet untitled, work. Our interview took place in June 2018 via a Skype connection (and I apologize in advance for audio dropouts or Skype artifacts in the recording) between Chris' home in Cambridge, UK, and my location in the Lair of bloginhood, buried in the stone bulwark at the end of the White Rock pier. Find out more about Chris Beckett on his website: www.chris-beckett.com To listen to Invaders From Planet 3, or subscribe, visit Libsyn, iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast and Spotify. Be sure to rate and review the show while you're there!


29 Sep 2018

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Episode 20 - An Interview with Chris Beckett

Time for Cakes and Ale

Award-winning science fiction author Chris Beckett joined us to talk about his work. Chris is the author of six novels and dozens of short stories in a career spanning more than 25 years. His novel 'Dark Eden' was the winner of the 2013 Clarke award, while his short fiction collection 'The Turing Test' won the prestigious Edge Hill prize. Chris spoke to us about his inspiration, his writing process, and the ideas behind his new novel 'America City' which is out on 2 November. You can find our more about Chris and his work on his website www.chris-beckett.com.Time for Cakes and Ale, a podcast featuring geeky ramblings with Becks & Eeson, and also home to "Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee", a Twin Peaks podcast, and "The Tally Ho", a Prisoner podcast.Follow us on Twitter @TFCAALike us on FacebookVisit our Website See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 4mins

1 Nov 2017

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The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett (audio)

Clarkesworld Magazine

Our seventh podcast for October is “The Peacock Cloak” written by Chris Beckett and read by Kate Baker.First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, June, 2010.Subscribe to our podcast.


30 Oct 2015