Arkady Martine is an American historian and city planner.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Arkady Martine, a speculative fiction writer and in her secret identity as Dr. Anna Linden Weller, she is an historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda and the edges of the world, and coincidentally all of this is wrapped into her first novel, A Memory Called Empire, published in March by Tor. A great publishing house for SF for the past gazillion years. A Memory Called Empire takes us on a journey in time and space to a place that is so far alien to our world (what should be worlds) and yet is also so familiar. Politics, betrayal, trust and culture bind together this work in such a way, that we marvel at the labyrinthine texture of an empire that mirrors those that Arkady studies and even names the characters, many unpronounceable by me, in the same manner (or mirror) as ancient cultures on Earth. The book opens doors to the reader that we didn’t even know existed but also draws on the legacies given us by so many other writers of the last two centuries
The suggestion for this guest came from EC Spurlock - thank you, thank you! Today I’m speaking with Arkady Martine, also known as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller. As Arkady Martine, she’s a science fiction and fantasy writer, and as Dr. Weller, she’s a Byzantine scholar, a narratologist, and also a city planner. There was a tense moment where I almost scrapped the whole interview to ask about city planning, but no, we’re going to talk about narratology! Arkady recently wrote an essay on Tor.com that introduced me to narratology as a field, and I emailed to ask if she’d be willing to talk more about the subject on a podcast. So if you haven’t heard of narratology - which, essentially, is the study of how a story works - buckle up because it’s nerdy deep dive time. I brought enough snacks for everyone. We talk about: Terminology used by narratologists, and how it differs from terms readers use. How cognitive narratology explores a very cool question: “How does the brain respond to experiencing narratives?” The rules of world building and the meaning of “story world.” The multiple meanings of the term “News Stories” and the powerful impossibility of getting someone to change the way they understand the world. And of course we talk about what she’s reading - and her upcoming science fiction novel, A Memory Called Empire. Key concept from this episode? Everything is a narrative. Everything is a story - and we can learn a lot from understanding why and how a story works.
The suggestion for this guest came from EC Spurlock - thank you, thank you! Today I’m speaking with Arkady Martine, also known as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller. As Arkady Martine, she’s a science fiction and fantasy writer, and as Dr. Weller, she’s a Byzantine scholar, a narratologist, and also a city planner. There was a tense moment where I almost scrapped the whole interview to ask about city planning, but no, we’re going to talk about narratology! Arkady recently wrote an essay on Tor.com that introduced me to narratology as a field, and I emailed to ask if she’d be willing to talk more about the subject on a podcast. So if you haven’t heard of narratology - which, essentially, is the study of how a story works - buckle up because it’s nerdy deep dive time. I brought enough snacks for everyone. We talk about: Terminology used by narratologists, and how it differs from terms readers use. How cognitive narratology explores a very cool question: “How does the brain respond to experiencing narratives?” The rules of world building and the meaning of “story world.” The multiple meanings of the term “News Stories” and the powerful impossibility of getting someone to change the way they understand the world. And of course we talk about what she’s reading - and her upcoming science fiction novel, A Memory Called Empire. Key concept from this episode? Everything is a narrative. Everything is a story - and we can learn a lot from understanding why and how a story works.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Apr 19th, 1985
Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
1 hour, 52 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 175790