Novelists Christiana Ellis and Skyler White (B&I 38)

Books and Ideas Episode 38 was recorded live at Dragon*Con 2010, and it is an interview with novelists Skyler White (and Falling, Fly) and Christiana Ellis (Nina Kimberly the Merciless). Ellis and White talk about their work, and share lessons they have learned. This episode will be of particular interest to aspiring writers.

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Books by Skyler White and Christiana Ellis:

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Special Thanks To:


  • Get a discount on Scott Sigler's new book The Starter by using the code GINGER
  • I have an essay in the revised and expanded edition of The Myth of Free Will by Chris Evatt
  • Books and Ideas is moving to a bi-monthly schedule, so the next episode should be out in mid-December.

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Schedule for Dragon*Con 2010

Thursday I will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia for Dragon*Con 2010. I will be on several panels and I will be doing two live interviews that will be posted later as podcasts. Here is my official schedule: Please note that I did not write most of these descriptions! Title: Popular Psychology Myths Description: Pop Psychology is a confusing mixture of myth and science. Learn how to tell the difference and Why it Matters. Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Skepticism and Sexuality Description: When do we get skeptical about sex, the media? When alien cults want to save African clitorises, this panel is here to discuss the facts. Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) Fridays panels are in the Skeptic Track. Pop Psycology Myths is an interview with Dr. Scott Lillienfeld, co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. An edited version of this interview will be posted at in mid-late September. ------------------- Title: Oil Disasters Description: Oil disasters, effects of spills on humans and environment, peak oil crisis, nothing is sacred on this topic! Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Global Insurgency Open Discussion Description: Open discussion on the effects of terror strikes.  Medical, sociological, and financial effects on the military, the public and the infrastructure Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) Saturday's panels are in the Apocalypse Rising track. I have never been to this track, so it should be an interesting change of pace. ------------------- Title: Books and Ideas Podcast Description: Join host Dr. Ginger Campbell interviews author Skyler White about her book "and Falling, Fly." I will also be interviewing Christiana Ellis. Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: 204 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) This interview will be conducted in the Podcasting Track and the edited version will appear in the Books and Ideas podcast feed in October.
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life-worth-living In Episode 29 of Books and Ideas Robert Martensen, MD returns to talk about his book A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era. Last month we talked about Dr. Martensen's career as both an emergency physician and as an historian. This month we concentrate on the issues facing patients with life threatening illnesses, including making decisions about end of life care. Dr. Martensen and I agree that the American emphasis on high tech care tends to ignore the needs of people in these situations. We discuss the importance of better communication between physicians and patients as well as the need for fundamental changes in our system.

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ninakimberlythemerciless This episode includes a short promo for Nina Kimberly the Merciless by Christiana Ellis. You can learn more about Christiana's work at

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