Posts Tagged ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’

Steven Erikson
Steven Erikson

Over the last year, I’ve interviewed some incredible authors for Adventures In SciFi Publishing (where I am a co-host). You can see all the interviews I’ve conducted here. At the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego last month, I got in some long interviews with Steven Erikson, N.K. Jemisin, Joshua Bilmes, Michael Stackpole, John Jarrold, and Brian Hades, as well as short interviews with lots of authors, including Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Patrick Rothfuss, Connie Willis, Robert V.S. Redick, and Eric James Stone. We’ll be sharing those interviews over the next month or so at the podcast.

 

Although it’s been a thrill to talk to so many bestselling authors over the last year, I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a better interview than this one with Steven Erikson. I truly respect him and his work, and I wanted to give his fans a chance to gain a deeper insight into everything he’s been doing with the Malazan Book of the Fallen. So it’s been really cool to see some of the people at the Malazan forums enjoying this interview.

 

Speaking of the interview, here it is: Steven Erikson Interview: Adventures in SciFi Publishing 151. I really hope you will enjoy it.

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14
Jul

Kit Soden’s Music, Inspired by Steven Erikson’s Malazan Series

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III    in Music

Kit Soden Steven EriksonThe Twittersphere turned me onto a very cool album by Kit Soden, a collaborative endeavor with Steven Erikson, mainly inspired by Erikson’s epic fantasy series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

You can check out the album for free here, Like a Dancer Unstrung, and then get it in mp3, FLAC, and other formats. I think it works great as a complete album, though my favorite tunes are Bard’s Curse, Reapers Gale, and Lay of the Bridgeburners.

Kit has another album, Around the Corner, that I also really like–seriously, it’s quite good. Check it out.

I managed to tracked down Kit and asked him a few questions that he was nice enough to respond to:

What is your relationship with Steven Erikson?

Kit Soden: We have only corresponded through email, he lives in England and I am in Montreal. I hope to meet him next summer when I tour Europe. (See following answer..)

Were you hired and paid to create this album, or was it a labor of love?

Kit Soden: I had been writing songs with SE’s poetry for a couple of years, and I wanted to write more. I tried to get in touch with him, and finally did. It turned out he liked the music I had been writing, and we agreed that an album should be made, but that it should have other songs than just Malazan. SE sent me some unpublished poems, and I began writing more. This has been a labor of love on both sides, in his writing of the poems and in my writing and recording of the songs.

Are you a big fantasy genre fan? What are some of your favorite books or authors?

Kit Soden: I love the fantasy genre, because of its extreme use of the imagination. It is like music in this way, you use a familiar means to open new worlds.
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10
Jul

I’ve Another Reason to Admire Steven Erikson

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III    in On Authors

Steven Erikson, Author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

Steven Erikson, Author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

Over at Life as a Human, fantasy author Steven Erikson is in the midst of an appropriately epic series of blog posts under the heading, “Notes on a Crisis.” Part VIII is titled, “With Regret.”

First reason for admiration: Not only has Erikson written an awe-inspiring 10-part fantasy series, he’s sticking by the roman numerals with this blog series, already up to VIII. The man is not afraid of big numbers, and he’s got the attention span to back that up. Much respect.

But the topic of “With Regret” is a serious one, and it demonstrates one of the best potentials of both celebrity and of writing: The ability to transform an audience with mere words. It demonstrates one of the greatest virtues an author can possess, perhaps the only virtue that matters: The ability to be honest with his readers.

I’ll let you read his story, and only say that it unravels his regret surrounding the death of his mother, and then of his father. It took the words of one of his characters, a gift from his subconscious as he wrote the tenth book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, to open up the floodgates:

Today, a fictional character uttered the opinion that the only worthy place to die is in someone’s arms. And in the wake of that utterance, everything just sort of tumbled down inside.

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