This week, Janine chats to Katharyn King, the author of the upcoming sci-fi novel, Glass Stars, to discuss her book. They chat about sci-fi, transhumanism, and women, amongst other things.
What to expect from episode 37: Glass Stars Book Discussion?
Janine welcomes listeners back, gives a shout out to her Patreon supporters, and introduces today’s topic. In this episode, Janine met up with Kat King, the author of Glass Stars, to discuss the upcoming sci-fi novel.
Kat introduces herself and her 15 year-long project, Glass Stars. Janine asks her to elaborate on why she decided to start writing the novel and what it’s all about. Kat traces it back to one of her favorite books, Nightfall, and how it led to her writing her own story.
One of the major themes in her novel that Kat discusses first is transhumanism. She explains how the idea of simulation informs the story, as well as climate change. Kat then gives a bit of the synopsis and background on the story.
Impact of the pandemic
Janine asks Kat if the COVID-19 pandemic had any impact on the story and writing process. Kat reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic informed the main premises of the novel.
The discussion leads to Janine asking Kat about transhumanism and its relevance to us now and to the novel. Kat explains what posthumanism and transhumanism are, and how these ideas are explored in the book. Janine responds with a more philosophical question, and the two contemplate a bit about what it means to be human.
Janine asks Kat why she chose to have four female protagonists in the story. Kat then explains a little bit about each protagonist and what they reflect about her.
Janine finally asks Kat to elaborate on the other part of this project, which is a pilot episode. Kat explains which actors they already have, as well as the Indigogo campaign.
They wrap up the episode by chatting a bit about being lazy readers and writers. Janine thanks Kat and wishes her the best for the project.
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