Beyond The Trope

Beyond The Trope

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We're dedicated to exploring the deeper side of genre fiction and popular culture, moving beyond the common tropes of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and mystery. We dive into the art and craft of literature and culture to better understand what makes it popular. Visit us at beyondthetrope.com.

Episodes

Episode 134 Interview with Patrick Hester  

Our wonderful friend, Patrick Hester, joins us this week to talk about his newly released book, Samantha Kane: Into the Fire. We're also joined, yet again, by James Persichetti from Nelson Literary Agency.

Mentioned this week:
SAMANTHA KANE: INTO THE FIRE by Patrick Hester
SAMANTHA KANE: COLD AS ICE by Patrick Hester
The Functional Nerd Podcast
The Hugo Awards
Baen Library
Wordfire Press
THE PAINTED MAN by Peter V Brett
Google
Ingram
Kobo
Carol Berg
JT Evans
Kickboxer 4 (Movie)
World Fantasy Con
John Anealio
STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher
Brent Weekss
Kevin J. Anderson
Baen Books (http://baen.com)
Jody Lynn Nye
Paul Di Filippo
Lou Antonelli
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY CAT by Patrick Hester (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-with-my-Cat-ebook/dp/B00AEV29Q8/)
UPSIDE DOWN (Anthology)
Monica Valentinelli
World Con
Kickstarter
Harry Potter (Book Series) by J.K. Rowling
Mur Lafferty
I Should Be Writing (Podcast)
Superstars of Writing
Sam Sykes
Howard Andrew Jones
http://atfmb.com
http://twitter.com/atfmb
Jaym Gates
Gail Carriger
John O'Neill

Episode 133 Daniel Mohr's Trunk Novel  

One of our AWESOME listeners, Daniel Mohr (AKA Germany Dan), sent us some pages from a novel he's working on, and we discuss them with our special guest, James Persichetti.

Mentioned this week:
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Music Man

Episode 132 Interview with James Persichetti  

James Persichetti, query reader for Nelson Literary Agency, joins us to talk about the slush pile and life at a literary agency.

Mentioned this week:
Nelson Literary Agency
Kristin Nelson
Joanna MacKenzie
Danielle Burby
Frankfurt Book Fair
WOOL by Hugh Howey
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini
NYXIA by Scott Reintgen
Doctor Who (TV Show)
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
RMFW
Pikes Peak Writers
X-Men (Movie)
Grayhawk Agency

Episode 131 Interview with Joe Stech  

Joe Stech, editor of Compelling Science Fiction, joins us to talk about hard sci-fi and data science.

Mentioned in this episode:
Mile Hi Con
Oracle
Brad Feld
Hacker News
Reddit
World Con
Neil Clarke
Clarke's World
Y Combinator
David Baur
R Deno Stelter
Heather Kristjanson
Roy Murdock
The Boulder Python Meetup on November 10, 2016
Denver Comic Con
Pop Culture Classroom
Rich Larson
http://compellingsciencefiction.com 
http://twitter.com/joe_stech 
http://twitter.com/CompellingSF 
http://facebook.com/JoeStech 

Episode 130 Interview with Bryan Thomas Schmidt  

Bryan Thomas Schmidt joins us to talk about writing, X Files, and weird stuff he does during interviews with podcasters.

Mentioned on this episode:
The Hugo Award
THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
GALACTIC GAMES edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
MISSION TOMORROW edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
DECISION POINTS edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
SHATTERED SHIELDS edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Alan Dean Foster
Tracy Hickman
Todd McCaffrey
X Files
Predator
IF IT BLEEDS (Predator Anthology) edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
SAGA OF DAVI RHII (Book Series) by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
WordFire Press
Patrick Hester
Kevin J. Anderson
University of Kansas
J.R.R. Tolkein
Mile Hi Con
Ben Bova
John Scalzi
Jonathan Maberry
Kate Corcino
Chris Carter
J.J. Abrams
George R. R. Martin
LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE by Robert Silverberg
MAJIPOOR Book Series by Robert Silverberg
SIMON SAYS by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Lethal Weapon (Movie)
HARRY BOSCH (Book Series) by Michael Connelly
THE CAVES OF STEEL by Isaac Asimov
John Sandford
TODAY I AM PAUL by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mr. Roboto (song) by Styx
http://bryanthomasschmidt.net 
http://twitter.com/bryanthomass 
http://facebook.com/bryanthomass 

Episode 129 Interview with Adam Rakunas  

The author of WINDSWEPT and LIKE A BOSS, Adam Rakunas, joins us this week.

Mentioned in this episode:
THE RIGHT PEOPLE by Adam Rakunas
OH GIVE ME A HOME by Adam Rakunas
Angry Robot Books
The Eagles (Band)
Hotel California (Song by The Eagles)
The Philip K. Dick Award
World Con
Patrick Tomlinson
Alyc Helms
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Maryelizabeth Hart
Omusubi (The Food)
Greg van Eekhout
Tor Books
Green Flash Brewing
Ted Chang
Marc Gascoigne
Sam Morgan
Pippin (Musical Play)
The Doubleclicks
ConFusion January 19-22, 2017
Emerald City Comic Con March 2-5, 2017
Logan's Run
Mike Underwood
Jack Stack BBQ
The White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Mur Lafferty
http://Worldbuilders.org 
Power Rangers (Specifically the Pink Ranger)
http://giro.org 
http://twitter.com/rakdaddy 
http://facebook.com/adamrakunasbooks 

Episode 128 Interview with N.J. Tanger  

This week we're joined by three writers who work together to form N.J. Tanger.

Mentioned in this episode:
UNIVERSE EVENTUAL (Book Series) by N.J. Tanger
CHIMERA by N.J. Tanger
HELIOS by N.J. Tanger
CERES by N.J. Tanger
The Coen Brothers
SILO (Novella Series) by Hugh Howey
Mile Hi Con
http://njtanger.com
http://twitter.com/njtanger
http://facebook.com/njtanger
HORUS by N.J. Tanger (Out Spring 2017)

Episode 127 Interview with Brianna Shrum  

This week, Brianna Shrum joins us to talk about Pitch Wars, writing, and amazing tricksters.

Mentioned in this episode:
NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum
Pitch Wars
HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna Shrum
THE GRISHA TRILOGY (Book Series) by Leigh Bardugo
Loki
Tom Hiddleston
Hannibal Lecter
Silence of the Lambs (Movie)
Zutara
Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Show)
M. Night Shyamalan
NaNoWriMo
LITERARY SEXTS by Amanda Oaks and Caitlyn Siehl
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Alan Turing
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
http://brainnashrum.com
http://twitter.com/BriannaShrum
http://www.facebook.com/brianna.r.shrum
http://www.instagram.com/bchrumby
https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/brianna-shrum

Episode 126 Interview with Travis Heermann  

Travis Heermann joins us this week to talk about screenplays, writing for RPGs, and crowdfunding.

Mentioned on this episode:
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
THE RONIN TRILOGY (Book Series) by Travis Heermann
Kickstarter
Exploding Kittens
Twitter
Facebook
SWORD OF THE RONIN by Travis Heermann
Amanda Palmer
Critiki Party Podcast
Mario Acevedo
Mile Hi Con
Jeanne C. Stein
Jim Pinto
DEATH WIND by Travis Heermann
The Matrix
Ann Randolph
Spiderman (Movie)
The Firefly RPG - Smuggler's Guide to the Rim
Serenity
AEG
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition
The Illusionist's Daughter (D&D Supplement)
EVE Online
Gen Con
Monica Valentinelli
Margaret Weis
Firefly (Episode: Heart of Gold)
http://travisheermann.com
http://twitter.com/travisheermann
http://facebook.com/travisheermann

Episode 125 How to Handle Critiques  

There are good ways to handle critiques and bad ways. This week we talk about the good ways.

Mentioned in this episode:
Charlaine Harris
THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE SERIES (Book Series) by Charlaine Harris
True Blood (TV Show)

Episode 124 Artist Self Care  

Self-care is vital for artists and authors, but it's often neglected. That's why, this week, we're talking about how we rest and relax.

Mentioned this week:
THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron
Supernatural (TV Show)
Steven Universe (TV Show)
Daredevil (TV Show)
Stranger Things (TV Show)
Supergirl (TV Show)
Harry Potter (Book Series) by J.K. Rowling
Beyond The Trope Episode 85 Time Management

Episode 123 Emily's Colfax Kitsune  

This week Emily shares the first few pages of her short story, Colfax Kitsune.

Mention on the episode:
COLFAX KITSUNE by Emily Kay Singer
KITSUNE TALES by Emily Kay Singer
https://www.amazon.com/Kitsune-Tales-Two-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B01BSZ3RKU/
Nathan Lowell
World Con
Agatha Christie
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Episode 122 Interview with Nathan Lowell  

Sci-fi and fantasy author, Nathan Lowell, joins us to talk about his journey through independent publication.

Mentioned this week:
http://podiobooks.com
QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell
TRADER'S TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SOLAR CLIPPER (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SHAMAN'S TALE by Nathan Lowell
TANYTH FAIRPORT ADVENTURES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SMUGGLER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
CAPTAIN'S SHARE by Nathan Lowell
IN ASHES BORN by Nathan Lowell
Audible
SEEKER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
TO FIRE CALLED by Nathan Lowell
SUICIDE RUN by Nathan Lowell
BY DARKNESS FORGED by Nathan Lowell
HOME RUN by Nathan Lowell
Stephen King
Karen S. Conlin
CAPE GRACE by Nathan Lowell
The American Public Library Association
Random House
http://nathanlowell.com
http://twitter.com/nlowell

Episode 121 Interview with Mur Lafferty  

This week we're joined by Mur Lafferty, writer and podcaster extraordinaire.

Mentioned in the episode:
I Should Be Writing (podcast)
Ditch Diggers (podcast)
Escape Artists
Mothership Zeta
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK by Mur Lafferty
Netflix
The Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty
Lost (TV Show)
Lost In Space (TV Show)
Agatha Christie
Sunil Patel
Patrick Hester
World Con
Terry Brooks
The Roundtable Podcast
The John W. Campbell Award
Bookburners Season 3 from Serial Box
http://murverse.com
http://twitter.com/mightymur
NaNoWriMo

Episode 120 Interview with Laurence MacNaughton  

Urban Fantasy author, Laurence MacNaughton, joins us to talk about his writing, name pronunciation, and telemarketers.

Mentioned this week:
IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
Hugh Howey
Publishers Weekly
RT Book Reviews
Library Journal
Kirkus Review
The Matrix (Movie)
Patrick Hester
Kristen Nelson
CHRISTINE by Stephen King
THE SPIDER THIEF by Laurence MacNaughton
http://booktrack.com
Soundcloud
http://laurencemacnaughton.com
"Am I Evil" (Song) by Metallica
DAGON by H.P. Lovecraft
THE CASE OF THE GREEN EYED WEREWOLF by Laurence MacNaughton
THE CASE OF THE MUMMY'S SECRET by Laurence MacNaughton
Alasdair Stuart
EscapePod
PsuedoPod
PodCastle
Thomas A. Fowler
jbCM Radio
"In The Air Tonight" (Song) by Phil Collins
Mr. Angry
MAGIC CARPET RIDE by Laurence MacNaughton

Episode 119 Giles' Trunk Novel  

Giles submits another trunk novel for your listening and learning pleasure.

Mentioned this week:
NaNoWriMo
The Gingerbread Man
TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer
Shadowrun (Roleplaying Game)

Episode 118 Interview with Thomas A. Fowler  

Thomas A. Fowler joins us to talk about three new projects he's been working on.

Mentioned on this episode:
Denver Comic Con
http://writersconquest.com
THE WRITER'S CONQUEST: ESTABLISH A BRAND by Thomas A. Fowler
Nerdy Things Publishing
JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton
DISCLOSURE by Michael Crichton
CONGO by Michael Crichton
SPHERE by Michael Crichton
THE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton
Neal Stephenson
SHATTER YOUR IMAGE (Anthology) Edited by Thomas A. Fowler
Tracy Thornton Brisendine
Beyond the Trope Episode 93 (http://beyondthetrope.libsyn.com/episode-93-forensics-with-tracy-brisendine)
Alasdair Stuart
Stephen Hood
Storium
Vimeo
Lego Bricks and Toys
Kleenex
http://thomasafowler.com
Crash Philosophy (Launching March 2017)
http://twitter.com/thomasafowler

Episode 117 Interview with Josh Viola  

This week we're joined by the co-founder of Hex Publishing, Josh Viola.

Mentioned in this episode:
Hex Publishing
Mario Acevedo
Jason Heller
Dean Wyant
Free Words
Mark Stevens
Angie Hodapp
Warren Hammond
Aaron Michael Ritchey
KOP by Warren Hammond
TIDES OF MARITINIA by Warren Hammond
Jean C. Stein
CYBER WORLD (Anthology) Edited by Jason Heller and Josh Viola
Saladin Ahmed
Paolo Bacigalupi
Cat Rambo
Nisi Shawl
E Lily Yu
Stephen Graham Jones
The Hugo Awards
NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
BLOOD BUSINESS (Announced Anthology) Edited by Josh Viola and Mario Acevedo
Pirates of the Caribbean (Video Game)
Smurfs (Video Game)
Horse Life Adventures (Video Game)
BOOMER AND FRIENDS by Josh Viola
Michael McKibben
Aaron Lovett
THE ZOO'S SECRET by Lindsey Bell
JAM Publishers
NIGHTMARES UNHINGED (Anthology) Edited by Steve Alten
Frontier Natural Meats
TRIGGER POINT by Sean Eads
Shirley Jackson Award
Selena Chambers
Carrie Vaughn
Steve Rasnic Tem
Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles (Book Series) by Jean C. Stein
http://hexpublishers.com
http://facebook.com/hexpublishers
http://twitter.com/hexpublishers
http://joshuaviola.com

Episode 116 Interview with Alasdair Stuart  

Alasdair Stuart, the amazing owner of Escape Artists and host of the Pseudopod Podcast.

CORRECTION: In this episode we said that our interview with Stephen Hood came out one week before the release of this episode. Our interview with Stephen is actually Episode 110.

Mentioned this week:
http://EscapeArtists.net
Pseudopod
Mothership Zeta
PodCastle
EscapePod
Thought Bubble
World Fantasy Con
Marguerite Kenner
Clarkesworld
Denver Comic Con
AnomalyCon
Lifeline Games
Magnus Archives
Uncanny County
Archive 81
The Deep Vault
The Bridge
Stephen Hood
Storium
http://alasdairstuart.com
http://twitter.com/alasdairstuart
http://mothershipzeta.com
Cast of Wonders
Jeremy Clarkson

Episode 115 LARPs The Series  

This week we're joined by Julian Stamboulieh, Benjamin Warner, Jon Verrall, and Elizabeth Neale of LARPs The Series from Geek and Sundry.

Mentioned in this episode:
Beanduck Productions
Geek And Sundry
The Gamers (Movie)
Gen Con
Dungeons and Dragons
HollyWeb Festival
Arrow (TV Show)
Indie Series Awards
http://larpstheseries.com
http://twitter.com/larpstheseries
http://facebook.com/larpstheseries

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