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The Alternate Futures podcast features interviews with indie science fiction creators where we discuss their work, the world, and anything in-between.
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Episode 28: Claire McCague - Instruments, Aliens, and Decolonizing SF

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Episode 30: Peter J Aldin - Mental Health in Fiction, Villians, and the Line Between Good and Evil
Episode 30: Peter J Aldin - Mental Health in Fiction, Villians, and the Line Between Good and Evil
In this episode, I chat with Peter J Aldin about his journey from youth pastor to science fiction author, about why he set his Zombie apocalypse in Tasmania, and about the depiction of mental health in fiction. We also chat about the nature of villains and alien spirituality. Despite the early hour in the Australian morning, we manage to fit in The Lightning Round, the Big Questions and Revenge of the Muse. Books of his we discuss are: Black Marks, the Doomsday's Child series, the Envoy Trilogy and his CUSET universe. Peter is currently running a Kickstarter for a limited 5 year anniversary edition of Black Marks, which you can check out here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/petealdin/black-marks-special-5th-anniversary-edition Revenge of the Muse - A Brief Story Synopsis Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:18:15
November 11, 2022
Episode 29: Jim Keen - Architecture, Machine Intelligence, and The Future Job Market
Episode 29: Jim Keen - Architecture, Machine Intelligence, and The Future Job Market
In this episode, I chat with Jim Keen about why he became an architect, how a boy from Manchester ended up in New York, and the challenges of re-acclimating to the West after travelling the world. We also discuss the present and near future of artificial intelligence: text-to-image generation AI, will we develop self-aware machines, and just what will the job market look like post-AI? As always, there are The Big Questions and Revenge of the Muse, and new to season 3 is The Lightning Round. Books of his we discuss are: The Alice Yu trilogy (The Paradise Factory, This Automatic Eden, The Genesis Engine), Agent Zero, and the Cortex Saga. Revenge of the Muse - A Protagonist: Alice Yu and the synopsis of a new novella Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:32:44
October 21, 2022
Episode 28: Claire McCague - Instruments, Aliens, and Decolonizing SF
Episode 28: Claire McCague - Instruments, Aliens, and Decolonizing SF
In this episode, I chat with Claire McCagues about her love of musical instruments, writing and producing plays and the path to her book series. We also discuss the challenges of interspecies communication, the possible nature of alien beings, and concerns over the colonization of space. Books of hers we discuss are: Rosetta Man and Rosetta Mind. Revenge of the Muse - A short synopsis: The Icarus Agenda Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:19:54
September 23, 2022
Episode 27: Rachel Aukes - Getting Known while being an Introvert, The Future of AI, Extraterrestrial Evolution
Episode 27: Rachel Aukes - Getting Known while being an Introvert, The Future of AI, Extraterrestrial Evolution
In this episode, I chat with Rachel Aukes about flying with her 50 lb lap dog and how she approached getting know despite being an introvert. We also discuss extraterrestrial colonization and the roles AI might play, overcoming 'othering' within humanity, and the inevitable evolution of extraterrestrial humans. Books of hers we discuss are: The Deadland series, The Fringe Series, The Waymaker Wars, and The Javelin Series. Revenge of the Muse - Super Villian Bio: Dr. Harold Pearce Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:34:49
August 19, 2022
Episode 26: Louisa Locke - The Evolution of the Indie Author, History of Working Women in San Francisco, and the Paradisi Chronicles
Episode 26: Louisa Locke - The Evolution of the Indie Author, History of Working Women in San Francisco, and the Paradisi Chronicles
In this episode, I chat with Louisa Locke about the evolution of the Indie Author and their growing acceptance among fans, her path from professor of women's history to successful fiction author, and the creation and development of the shared world of The Paradisi Chronicles. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:26:33
August 05, 2022
Episode 25: Sarah Woodbury - Alternate Welsh History, Dimensional Travel and The Paradisi Chronicles
Episode 25: Sarah Woodbury - Alternate Welsh History, Dimensional Travel and The Paradisi Chronicles
In this episode, I chat with million-book-selling Sarah Woodbury about her path to becoming a successful independent author and her love of Welsh history. We also discuss parallel dimensions and her contribution to the open source science fiction universe, The Paradisi Chronicles. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as story cube images, author info and content, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:42:01
July 22, 2022
Episode 24: Misty Zaugg - Hobby Survivalist, Writing LitRPG, and Organizing Co-writing Projects
Episode 24: Misty Zaugg - Hobby Survivalist, Writing LitRPG, and Organizing Co-writing Projects
In this episode, I chat with Misty Zaugg about being a hobby survivalist / generalist prepper, the challenges of writing LitRPG, world-building her dystopian future, and why we need to invent teleporters. Books of hers we discuss: Escaping the Virus series, The Aftermath series, World of Combat series. Story Intro: Last Stand Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:21:54
June 10, 2022
Episode 23: Ken Lozito - The Business of Being an Indie Author, Challenges for Human Expansion and How Much Do We Really Know?
Episode 23: Ken Lozito - The Business of Being an Indie Author, Challenges for Human Expansion and How Much Do We Really Know?
In this episode, I chat with Ken Lozito about finding his way from IT to science fiction author via writing fantasy, the considerations for creating a successful career as an independent sci-fi author, and challenges facing humans as we move into the future - both from the environment and ourselves. Books of his we discuss: The Ascension Series, The First Colony Series, The Federation Chronicles. Story Intro: High on the Hog Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:41:24
May 27, 2022
Episode 22: Jaxon Reed - Serial Fiction, Space Opera, and the Development of Space
Episode 22: Jaxon Reed - Serial Fiction, Space Opera, and the Development of Space
In this episode, I chat with Texas rancher and space opera author Jaxon Reed about finding a career through bothering your sister, the pros and cons of serial fiction platforms, and uses for AI in novel writing. We also discuss his multiple Milky Way Universe space opera series, the influence of different players in the space race, and near future AI. Books of his we discuss: Pirates of the Milky Way, Agents of the Planetary Republic, The Redwood trilogy, The Empathic Detective. Story Intro: Adaptation Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk 
01:33:37
May 13, 2022
Episode 21: Baileigh Higgins - Zombies, Dinosaurs, and The Apocalypse
Episode 21: Baileigh Higgins - Zombies, Dinosaurs, and The Apocalypse
In this episode, I chat with South African post-apocalyptic author Baileigh Higgins on her love of writing zombies, favourite movie monsters, and predicting pandemic policies. Books of hers we discuss include: Apocalypse Z, Gen Z, Primordial Earth, Children of the Apocalypse, and The Black Tide. No story intro this episode. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
55:37
April 29, 2022
Episode 20: Milo James Fowler - The Speculative Fictioneer
Episode 20: Milo James Fowler - The Speculative Fictioneer
In this episode, I chat with teacher and SF author Milo James Fowler on the humor of Captain Quasar, time traveling multiverse detectives, AI, VR, and new frontiers versus digital universes. Also, the Muse truly has its revenge in this episode. Books of his we discuss include: the Captain Quasar series, Backtracker, Charlie Madison PI (The Suprahuman Secret), and The Spirits of the Earth series. Story Intro: Porridge of Power Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:20:37
April 14, 2022
Episode 19: Kathleen McClure - Outrageous Fiction!
Episode 19: Kathleen McClure - Outrageous Fiction!
In this episode, I chat with former fight choreographer, lawnscaper, and science fiction author Kathleen McClure. She shares how book pirates can destroy your relationship with Amazon KDP's algorithm, finding your own path through the world of independent publishing, and the future of corporate sponsorship on distant colonies. Story Intro: Raiders of the Lost Quark Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:10:14
March 31, 2022
Episode 18: Doug J Cooper - The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent AI
Episode 18: Doug J Cooper - The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent AI
In this episode, I chat with professor emeritus and science fiction author Doug J Cooper. He shares how he got started writing later in life, his interest in artificial intelligence and how it features in his books, and some teaser info on his upcoming Lagrange series. Story Intro: Homecoming Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:12:19
March 18, 2022
Episode 17: T.W. Piperbrook - on Zombies and Werewolves and plagues. Oh My!
Episode 17: T.W. Piperbrook - on Zombies and Werewolves and plagues. Oh My!
In this episode, I chat with former punk musician and post-apocalyptic science fiction author T.W. Piperbrook. He shares his early writing experiences submitting stories to publishers as a kid, the use of real experiences in his post-apocalyptic scenarios, the wonders of Kindle Vella, and his feelings when a real *near* apocalypse arrived. Story Intro: Special Delivery Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:20:45
March 04, 2022
Episode 16: J.W. Elliot - Anticipating the Future by Studying the Past
Episode 16: J.W. Elliot - Anticipating the Future by Studying the Past
In this episode, I chat with historian and science fiction author J.W. Elliot. We discuss topics ranging from crafting longbows and how lessons from The Inquisition can be applied to the present, to the ethical issues of cloning and the challenges of a collective intelligence. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:21:60
February 18, 2022
Episode 15: Devon C Ford - The Apocalypse isn't as Fun to Live as it is to Write.
Episode 15: Devon C Ford - The Apocalypse isn't as Fun to Live as it is to Write.
In this episode, I chat with post-apocalypse author Devon C Ford on topics ranging from channeling his experiences with the best and worst of society into apocalypse survival stories and why living through an 'apocalypse' isn't as fun as writing about one, to why cats are more evolved than humans. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:05:46
February 04, 2022
Episode 14: M.D. Cooper on writing far future sci-fi, considerations on the pathway to interstellar colonization, and how raising children is like uplifting a civilization.
Episode 14: M.D. Cooper on writing far future sci-fi, considerations on the pathway to interstellar colonization, and how raising children is like uplifting a civilization.
In this episode, I chat with military SF author M.D. Cooper on how she developed her Aeon-14 far future science fiction universe, what it takes to turn out 100+ books in six years, social and technological considerations on the pathway to interstellar colonization, and some similarities between raising a child and uplifting a civilization. Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, story cube images and story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:23:19
January 21, 2022
Episode 13: The nature of writing sci-fi, the challenging speed of technological development, and the goal of 'plausible' not 'perfect' predictions with Gerald M. Kilby
Episode 13: The nature of writing sci-fi, the challenging speed of technological development, and the goal of 'plausible' not 'perfect' predictions with Gerald M. Kilby
In the first Alternate Futures episode of 2022, I chat with Gerald M Kilby on the nature of writing science fiction, the challenging speed of modern technological development for our institutions, and why he aims for creating plausible futures, not perfect predictions. If you'd like to win an audible code for Gerald M Kilby's trilogy The Belt (US and UK only and while supplies last) just send me a request at podcast@alternatefutures.co.uk Story Introduction: Zoom Zapped Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:18:19
January 07, 2022
Episode 12: 2021 Wrap-up episode + Giveaway
Episode 12: 2021 Wrap-up episode + Giveaway
This episode is a short year end wrap-up. I also answer the two questions I've been asking my guests all season, and I give you a story intro teaser for the Fractured Eternity series I'm starting. Finally, I give out details of a New Year giveaway of audible codes for The Belt trilogy by Gerald M. Kilby that runs until January 5, 2022. I hope everyone has a great 2022! Story Intro: Eternity Awaits Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
16:32
December 31, 2021
Episode 11: Christmas in the Claus-verse with Tony Bertauski
Episode 11: Christmas in the Claus-verse with Tony Bertauski
In this first Alternate Futures Christmas episode, I chat with Tony Bertauski, creator of The Claus-verse, on the business of writing, the fun of developing modern takes on fictional arctic species, and the history and future of The Claus-verse. Story Introduction: Play Things Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk Christmas intro/outro: ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ ♫Music By♫ ●Ikson – Christmas ●Song – https://youtu.be/MkDUYTjSEVg ●Follow Ikson – https://smarturl.it/ikson ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
01:16:25
December 22, 2021
Episode 10: Terraforming, alien life, and the ghost in the machine with A.R.K. Watson
Episode 10: Terraforming, alien life, and the ghost in the machine with A.R.K. Watson
In this episode, I chat with A.R.K. Watson from South Korea on multiculturalism, terraforming, the nature of alien life, and the ghost in the machine. Story Introduction: Death of a Colony Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:14:44
November 05, 2021
Episode 9: Being an Indie Author, a Strange Satellite, and the Wonders and Dangers of AI with Dietmar Wehr
Episode 9: Being an Indie Author, a Strange Satellite, and the Wonders and Dangers of AI with Dietmar Wehr
In this episode, I chat with Dietmar Wehr about starting an indie author career later in life, drawing inspiration from the Black Knight satellite, writing galaxy-spanning science fiction, and the fun and frightening aspects of artificial intelligence. Story Introduction: Twilight of the Gods Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:27:27
October 23, 2021
Episode 8: Cybersecurity, Cyborgs, and Alternate Reality with D.B. Goodin
Episode 8: Cybersecurity, Cyborgs, and Alternate Reality with D.B. Goodin
In this episode, I chat with D.B. Goodin about LitRPG, cybersecurity, and the marvels and terrors of modern technology. Story Introduction: Mind Jacker Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:20:09
October 07, 2021
Episode 7: The Hidden World and The Symbolism of The Matrix with Kerry Boytzun
Episode 7: The Hidden World and The Symbolism of The Matrix with Kerry Boytzun
In this episode, I speak with Kerry Boytzun about hidden power structures, neural linguistic programming, and the symbolism of The Matrix. Story Introduction: The Invisible Guardian Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:16:30
September 24, 2021
Episode 6: Working around Grandchildren, The Indie Spirit, and Existensial Disasters with Jacqueline M. Druga
Episode 6: Working around Grandchildren, The Indie Spirit, and Existensial Disasters with Jacqueline M. Druga
In this episode, I chat with prolific apocalypse author, composer, and filmmaker Jacqueline M. Druga about scheduling around grandchildren, the indie spirit, and her interest in apocalypse and post-apocalypse stories. Story Introduction: The Chosen Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk 
45:25
September 11, 2021
Episode 5: Theology, Free Will, and the Challenges of the Future with W.L. Patenaude
Episode 5: Theology, Free Will, and the Challenges of the Future with W.L. Patenaude
In this episode, I chat with Bill Patenaude about the issues of free will, technology, and the role of religion in humanity's future that form the themes of his debut novel A Printer's Choice. Story Introduction: The St. Michael's Emitter Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:02:01
August 27, 2021
Episode 4: Modern Dystopias and the Thought-Provoking Horror of Mark Gillespie
Episode 4: Modern Dystopias and the Thought-Provoking Horror of Mark Gillespie
In this episode, dystopian/horror author Mark Gillespie shares his experiences with indie publishing, why he doesn't wear headphones, and his opinions on the scourge of humanity that is reality TV. Story Introduction: A Knight's Revenge Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
01:02:12
August 25, 2021
Episode 3: Hopeful Apocalypses with Christopher Coates
Episode 3: Hopeful Apocalypses with Christopher Coates
In this episode, talk with Christopher Coates about small towns, big threats, and how it's easier to sleep at night being a paramedic than an IT guy. Christopher's well-grounded life experiences show through in his ultimately hopeful, near future apocalypse novels. Story Introduction: Frozen for the Future Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
39:42
August 21, 2021
Episode 2: The Science Fantasy of Ned Marcus
Episode 2: The Science Fantasy of Ned Marcus
In this episode, I chat with Ned Marcus about his debut novel Blue Prometheus and the merger of the science fiction of a trans-dimensional solar empire with the nature magic of an alternate Uranus. Story Introduction: Desert Revelations Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
39:32
August 21, 2021
Episode 1: Welcome to Alternate Futures
Episode 1: Welcome to Alternate Futures
In this episode, I introduce myself (Edwin Rydberg), my science fiction interests, and the structure of the podcast. I also share the first Revenge of the Muse story introduction. Story Introduction: It's a Wacky World Further info on this and other episodes, as well as transcriptions, the story cube images and the story introductions, can be found at AlternateFutures.co.uk
16:16
August 21, 2021