Science Fiction Oral History Association – BRAIN PLUCKER THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isaac Asimov interviewed by Bruce Coville Mon, 07 Dec 2009 22:38:07 +0000 I’ve been digitizing some of the old cassettes in the SFOHA (Science Fiction Oral History Association) archive. I digitized an interview with Isaac Asimov from 1983. On the cassette case, scratchily written was “interviewed conducted by Bruce Coville“. I knew of a Bruce Coville who is a popular YA author and founder of Full Cast Audio. Could it be the same person? I sent an email to Bruce, and sure enough it is he. And he kindly granted SFOHA permission to post it online. The recording was to be transcribed to print, and it was recorded on a little recorder. The sound is okay considering all that. Isaac is little hard to hear sometimes, but overall quite understandable. So here it is:

via SFOHA:

This was an interview for a magazine that was conducted in Isaac Asimov’s New York apartment. Interestingly it was conducted by popular YA author, Bruce Coville in 1983 when he was … well, not as well known. Also taking part in the interview is photographer Bettina Cirone.


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Jack Williamson and Frederik Pohl recording on Collaboration Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:04:56 +0000 I just posted a recording on the SFOHA site, though I’d share it hear. A couple of my heroes.

Here’s an interesting panel discussion with two Science Fiction Grand Masters, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. They wrote some great books in collaboration with each other including the Starchild Trilogy and the under appreciated Saga of Cuckoo series. Fred Pohl collaborated with C.M. Kornbluth on the classic novel The Space Merchants as well as other novels and short stories. His most recent novel is a collaboration with the late Arthur C. Clarke called The Last Theorem. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006.

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“The Art, Science, and Combat of Collaboration.” ConFusion 14, Ann Arbor Inn, Ann Arbor, MI,
January, 1977.
Introduction by Jim Martin. Q&A.
Pohl and Williamson are veterans of collaboration with other authors–including a series of novels done with each other. They offer rare insights into an activity that seems more common in Science Fiction than with other types of literature. They also discuss problems in writing and in getting published.

Arthur C Clarke, Alvin Toffler & Margaret Mead Recording Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:26:16 +0000 Yesterday I posted a pretty cool recording at the SFOHA website. A true meeting of the minds.

What does the future look like from the past? This exciting program with three people that could not better represent the intelligentsia of futurism circa 1970. This recording is from a radio program called “Sound on Film”, a series on films and the people who make them. This episode is entitled “2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future?” Recorded May 7th, 1970. Joseph Gelman is the moderator.

At the time of this recording Arthur C. Clarke had recently collaborated on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick. Alvin Toffler’s mega-influential book, Future Shock, is about to be published. And Margaret Mead is the world’s foremost cultural anthropologist.

An intriguing conversation that still has relevance today.

2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future?

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Creating a Wikinomic Online Community – Recording Fri, 14 Aug 2009 02:13:12 +0000 I did a panel with Sarah Elkins at Penguicon this Spring. Penguicon is the Science Fiction/Open Source Convention. I got to play the ignorant newbie (wow, what a stretch 😉 ) when it comes to creating Wiki communities. Fortunately for me, Sarah agreed to do the panel with me and was on top of the subject.

I’m started processing some recordings to place on the Science Fiction Oral History Association website. I’m currently the president of SFOHA. Progress has been slower than I expected on the site, but I’m now putting some energy into it.

Listen to the panel discussion …

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Thanks again to Sarah for keeping it real :)