Chronscast is the official podcast of SFF Chronicles, the world’s largest SFF community.

Each month my co-host Chris Bean and I take a deep dive into some of the classic genre texts and films with some special guests from the world of fantasy, science-fiction and horror. We take a particular interest in the mechanics of writing genre books, and how to navigate the industry, but hopefully any genre fan will take something new and fresh from our talks.

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S1 E1 – Northern Lights with Stephen Palmer Chronscast

We were joined on this episode by Stephen Palmer, author of several genre novels including Memory Seed, Tommy Catkins, The Girl With Two Souls, and many more. His latest novel, Monique Orphan, was published in November 2021 by Infinite Press. Stephen spoke with us about Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. We discussed the novel's call to action on the part of the protagonist, its rich and complex themes, whether it really succeeds in laying down its atheist credentials, and how Pullman drew the narrative out of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost.  Stephen talks about his own long career, including his latest novel Monique Orphan, the importance for writers of having something to say, and the equal but infuriating importance of luck to a career in writing. We also stop by at The Judge's Corner to learn about copyright, hear the winning entry from December's 75-word writing challenge, by Cat's Cradle, and listen to some odd voicemails received by the Chronscast inbox. Links The Abyssal Awakening Of Mankind in Northern Lights and Paradise Lost Philip Pullman's Introduction to Paradise Lost Stephen Palmer's official website Join SFF Chronicles for free
  1. S1 E1 – Northern Lights with Stephen Palmer
  2. S1 E0 – Welcome to Chronscast
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