Jon Armstrong (besides having a killer name!) is an award winning magician who has performed worldwide. He gives his take on what magic is for him personally and professional. He also talks about how audiences and a comic book he’s helping to write with a magic theme titled Smoke and Mirrors.

Chris Moriarty is a Philip K. Dick Award winning science fiction author whose new book, The Inquisitor’s Apprentice (Amazon), uses magic in unique ways. We talk about the book, the main character, the time period (New York in the 1900s) and how she used magic to talk about work.

Jon’s website is The comic he’s helping to write is Smoke and Mirrors.

Chris can be found at A website for her latest book is at

Lev Grossman is a bestselling novelist and journalist. His books include: Warp, Codex, The Magicians, and his forthcoming The Magician King (Amazon links). He is also a senior writer and book critic for Time Magazine.
We talked about how the Codex, The Magicians came to be, the influence of his twin brother, Lev’s upcoming sequel The Magician King , the modern novel and the fantasy novel, his meeting with J.K. Rowling, and the difference between violence in books and movies, among many other things.

Lev’s website is:

This show is a behind-the-scenes peek at the people behind the audio book versions of my two novels: Grey and Yarn. First I speak with Steve Feldberg who is Senior Director, Editorial Business Development at about what they do and how they select books.

I then speak with the narrators for Grey and Yarn, Macleod Andrews and Mark Boyette, respectively. We get some background on who they are, why they do audiobooks, how long they take, why they can be a blast, and the special challenges of my books.

Also included are a couple clips from the audiobooks!

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M. D. Lachlan is the pen name of British writer Mark Barrowcliffe. After working as a journalist, and also as a stand-up comedian he started wrote his first novel, Girlfriend 44 and achieved early success in the late 1990s as part of the Lad Lit movement.

His latest work, Wolfsangel (Amazon), is quite different from his first works. We discuss his bloody fantasy novel, it’s unique magic system, and where the series is going. We also talk about stand-up comedy and choosing the right and wrong pen name.

Douglas Lain is the author of Last Week’s Apocalypse (Amazon) which was published by Night Shade Books. Most recently, he completed a new book, Pick Your Battle: Your Guide to Urban Foraging, Hollywood Movies, Late Capitalism, and the Communist Alternative (a memoir) (Amazon). He is also the host of The Diet Soap Podcast.

We talk about how his new book came to be, urban foraging, mystical experiences while at work, and Doug’s his own very curious wedding. This is Doug’s second visit to IYJJU.

Will McIntosh, who won a Hugo Award for best short story, has just published his first novel, Soft Apocalypse (Amazon). Set in a near future collapse where the protagonist trades charged batteries for food and wanders the Georgia countryside, dodging local cops and designer diseases.

Will is a psychology professor at Georgia Southern University who studies internet dating among other things. We talk about Soft Apocalypse, dating in the collapse, seeing a movie made of one of his short stories, how he found his wife, and the day he proposed to her and conked out!

Alan Dean Foster by Michael Medford

Alan Dean Foster is the author of more then one hundred science fiction and fantasy books. He is best known for his science fiction novels set in the Humanx Commonwealth, many of which feature Philip Lynx (Flinx), and his constant companion Pip, a flying snake.

Alan’s latest book, Predators I Have Known (Amazon), is a collection of stories about animals, specifically predators he has encountered in his numerous trips to Africa, South America, and the East.

Alan and I talk writing lots of books, sharks, lions, leaches, and how to kill tsetse flies with a Frisbee.
(Photo of Alan Dean Foster by Michael Medford.)

This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. I am interviewing all of the other nominees of the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award.

Alexander O Smith is the translator of Project Itoh’s Harmony (Amazon) a dystopian novel set in a medical nanotechnology future.

Alexander is founder of Kajiya Productions and has been translating video games, novels, manga, and lyrics from Japanese to English professionally since 1998.


Alex and I talked about Project Itoh, his novel Harmony including several spoilers, my own PKD Award nominated novel Yarn, the differences between Japanese and American authors, and translating for game Final Fantasy.

Also, Alex is the translator of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Amazon). It’s an atmospheric noir that’s getting really good reviews from some big places like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. I am interviewing all of the other nominees of the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award.

Elizabeth Bear is the author of Chill, (Amazon) a science fiction novel about a generation ship. It is part of her Jacob’s Ladder Trilogy (Dust, Chill, and Grail).

Elizabeth has won multiple awards, including Hugos, and was the recipient of the the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008.

Elizabeth and I talked about her novel Chill, (Amazon), her novel titling secret, writing process, Las Vegas, and the evils of word counts.

Her own site is, and Shadow Unit is the serial Web fiction she mentioned written by Elizabeth, Emma Bull, Sarah Monette, and Will Shetterly.

This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. Over the next month or so, I’ll be interviewing all of the other nominees of the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award.

James Knapp is the author of State of Decay (Amazon) is a science fiction thriller with a twist on zombies.

James is a computer programmer by day, writer by night. State of Decay is his debut with sequels already out!

James and I talked about early reading, naming characters, getting a job in computing, book readings and signings that don’t go well.

His websites are: and