Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Today’s show: Zombies, gamers and franchises

September 17, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: Zombies, gamers and franchises – genre entertainment for young adult readers

Book covers of Kraken by China Mieville, For the Win by Cory Doctorow, The Dead and The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Book covers of Kraken by China Mieville, For the Win by Cory Doctorow, The Dead and The Enemy by Charlie Higson

In this hour long show, Alex Fitch looks at current trends in young adult literature which show an influence from horror films, science fiction and video game culture. Alex interviews comedian and writer Charlie Higson – who found fame as a novelist with his ‘Young Bond’ series of books – about his pair of zombie novels for teenagers, The Enemy and The Dead, plus in a Q and A recorded in Clerkenwell Tales‘ ecclesiastical annex (The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer) on Exmouth Market, English PEN campaigns manager Robert Sharp talks to Cory Doctorow and China Miéville about their latest novels, For the win and Kraken.

8pm, 17/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at

Links: Wikipedia pages on Charlie Higson, China Miéville, Cory Doctorow and English PEN
English PEN website
Cory Doctorow’s websites:
and, where you can read For the win online
China Miéville’s page at
Charlie Higson’s website / The Enemy website
Robert Sharp’s website
Info about the original event and Clerkenwell Tales bookshop
Listen to Alex Fitch’s Autumn 2009 interview with Cory Doctorow, featuring a reading by Jessica Fostekew of his short story Printcrime
Listen to China Miéville accept and talk about his 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award for The City and the City

Recommended events:

Charlie Higson signing

Charlie Higson is doing an exclusive one off London signing of his new novel The Dead at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, where he will be dicing with dismemberment by retrieving a copy of the book from a live Piranha tank!
Saturday 18 September 2pm, Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 0EB

Robert Rankin signings

ROBERT RANKIN will be signing The Japanese Devil Fish Girl at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 18th September 1:00pm – 2:00pm and The Book of FICTS at The MAGPIE and CROWN public house, Brentford from 7pm

The pickled Martian’s tentacles are fraying at the ends and Professor Coffin’s Most Meritorious Unnatural Attraction is no longer drawing the crowds. It’s 1895; nearly a decade since Mars invaded Earth, chronicled by H.G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Saturday 18 September 13:00 – 14:00, Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

THEN…come on over to the MAGPIE & CROWN public house for 7pm to celebrate the launch of “The Bumper Book of FICTS”, and buy copies of this 96 page, hardbacked, illustrated wonder… Robert and co-author Neil Gardner will be signing them personally and you’ll even get a limited edition exclusive book plate to commemorate the event.

Saturday 18 September 19:00- 23:00, The Magpie and Crown, 128 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8EW

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Hi Alex – Is the your edited version of the Mieville/Doctorow online anywhere?


September 19, 2010

Hello Alex – I absolutely love your show! It is truly brilliant – one of my top 5 podcasts (please don’t make me choose though).

I also love Mieville’s work – any chance of posting this sir? I’d love to hear it.

All the best,

Nima Afshar

September 30, 2011

I’m doing a month of shows on H.P. Lovecraft in November and will broadcast the panel discussion I did with China, Denise Mina, Alice Duke and Mark Stafford then…


October 2, 2011

That’s great – thanks Alex, looking forward to it.

I was just reading Michael Molcher’s “2000 AD: The Creator Interviews” which features exclusive interviews and career overviews of key comics creators: Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra, Ron Smith and Mick McMahon. (only available on the kindle but is only 1.99)

Just going to suggest a possible Carlos Ezquerra interview, and chat with the co-creator of Strontium Dog and Judge Dredd would make for fascinating listening – especially while he is still with us…


Nima Afshar

December 1, 2011

By November, I meant December, ahem…

That’s a great idea, will see what I can do.


December 1, 2011

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