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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 097 – James Alan Gardner & Spider Robinson

Mark Lefebvre interviews James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson, co-editors of the Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela anthology.  Compostela means “field of stars” and is most commonly known from the Santiago de Compostela, which, for more than 1,000 years, has attracted pilgrims to walk to the cathedral that holds St. James the apostle’s relics. The stories in this anthology in their own way tell the tale of futuristic travelers who journey into the dark outer (or inner) reaches of space, searching for their own connections to the past, present and future relics of their time.

During the interview, Mark, James, and Spider discuss:

After the interview, Mark shares some of his own insights about the various ways that working with an editor can help a writer, but it’s critical for the writer to be able to recognize where and how to apply the value that an editor provides to that writer’s own writing and own vision for the story that they want to tell.


Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela – http://www.edgewebsite.com/books/tess20/t20-catalog.html

Compostela on Kobo:   https://www.kobo.com/ebook/compostela-tesseracts-twenty

James Alan Gardner’s Website: https://jamesalangardner.wordpress.com/

James Alan Gardner’s Books on Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/search?query=James%20Alan%20Gardner&fcsearchfield=Author

Jim’s Latest Book:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/all-those-explosions-were-someone-else-s-fault

Spider Robinson’s Website:  http://www.spiderrobinson.com/

Spider Robinson’s Books on Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/search?query=Spider%20Robinson&fcsearchfield=Author


James Alan Gardner is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher of science fiction and fantasy. He has published nine novels and a host of short stories in leading SF&F outlets. In addition to writing, Jim is strongly interested in math and geology. In his spare time, he teaches kung fu to kids and (unsuccessfully) to his rabbit.


Since he began writing professionally in 1972, Spider Robinson has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and countless other international and regional awards. Most of his 36 books are still in print, in 10 languages and his short work has appeared in magazines around the planet, including Omni and Analog. In 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Excellence in Literature.

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