Strangers and Other Nice People

Here is your chance to be part of our new documentary STRANGERS AND OTHER NICE PEOPLE: THE UNIVERSAL APPEAL OF SPECULATIVE FICTION

We are traveling the United States interviewing readers and writers about works in the various genres of speculative fiction.  We are scheduled to film readers and writers in the Pacific Northwest (home to many of our reading and writing friends); ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas (our home base) and in Chicago (host city of the 2012 Hugo awards presentation at Chicon 7).

We began this project in May during the Paradise Lost II Writer’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  At that conference, we talked with authors Jay Lake and Steven Brust about the power of storytelling.

The conference was a wonderful opportunity for working and aspiring writers to discuss the relevance and personal impact of genre fiction.

We then caught up with authors Steven Brust and Skyler White in Austin, Texas discussing their new project and the importance of collaboration between authors and readers.

Our next stop was on the California coast where we spent the day with editor John Joseph Adams and discussed the art of short-form fiction and its dual role in recruiting new fans to speculative fiction and satiating the appetites of existing fans hungry for new stories.

We ended the first round of interviews in Portland, Oregon where Jay Lake and Ken Scholes discuss the appeal of speculative fiction both as writers and readers.

Our next round of author interviews are back here in Austin during ArmadilloCon 2012.  We have several interviews set up with attending authors and expect to get in a few we haven’t yet scheduled.

Then we immediately head back to the Pacific Northwest to work on this and two other exciting projects.

In late August, we are off on a road trip to Chicago for the 70th WorldCon where we will be filming the Hugos and all the fun that is Chicon 7.  It will be a great place to interview readers, writers, editors, publishers and, yes, critics.  We are conducting a couple of round-table discussions as well including one with survivors of the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop held annually on Martha’s Vineyard.

We invite you to be a part of this project by helping us decide what questions should be asked during these interviews.  Please choose up to 5 questions below and add your own, if you care to.

Please tell your friends about the poll and look for us this summer if you’d like to be interviewed for the film.  If you see one of our crew walking around in a Waterloo Productions crew shirt –

Waterloo Productions Crew

ask them to put you in the movie!
We want to show the wonderful world of imagination and opportunity that only exists in speculative fiction and we want you to participate.

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