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Ex Urbe Ad Astra

Historian and novelist Ada Palmer and author and vocateur reader Jo Walton interview other fiction authors, historians, scientists, editors, and friends, interspersed with bonus episodes where they discuss topics such as history, gelato, and the craft of writing.

Dec 5, 2023

In this episode, Ada and Jo speak with Alexis Shotwell about the issues that arise from ill-intentioned characters, and the moral questions they present to readers.

Oct 17, 2023

In this episode, Ada and Jo speak with Jon Evans about the remote research versus travel, short stories, beleivability, and setting up shocking twists for striking payoffs.

Aug 29, 2023

In this episode, Jo and Ada discuss a number of reasons to put a book down without finishing.

Jul 31, 2023

Award winning children's author William Alexander joins Jo and Ada to talk about using politics and disability in fiction for children and adults.