|Born||July 25, 1973|
Mur Lafferty (born July 25, 1973) is an American podcaster and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in English. She was the editor and host of Escape Pod from 2010, when she took over from Steve Eley, until 2012, when she was replaced by Norm Sherman. She is also the host and creator of the podcast I Should Be Writing. She was, until July 2007, the host and co-editor of Pseudopod.
- 1 Podcasting
- 2 Writing
- 3 Early Writing Career
- 4 The Shambling Guides
- 5 Awards and Honors
- 6 Selected Bibliography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
A friend introduced Lafferty to podcasting in October 2004. She immediately seized on the medium as a novel opportunity to publish her essays on geekdom. Her first podcast, Geek Fu Action Grip, launched in December 2004. Early topics included her obsession with Alton Brown and her uncomfortable crushes on the hosts of her child's TV shows, and expanded to discussions of games, movies, and television shows. In later episodes she began podcasting her fiction, most notably her serialized novels Heaven and Heaven Part 2: Hell. Geek Fu Action Grip ceased production as of episode 103.
Lafferty's essays also led to her becoming an early contributor to Wingin' It: a sci-fi variety show podcast hosted by Michael R. Mennenga and Evo Terra. While she is no longer a regular, her essay produced during their 2006 Dragon*Con show is considered one of her best.
In September 2006, Lafferty, along with Michael R. Mennenga and Tracy Hickman, founded the Parsec Awards, which recognize excellence in science fiction podcasting. After a general nomination period, the Steering Committee compiles a shortlist, from which an independent panel of judges selects the winner of each category. The awards are presented yearly at Dragon*Con.
I Should Be Writing
Lafferty's second podcast was formed arose from her desire to share her experiences as a struggling fiction writer. "I Should Be Writing" is a self-described "podcast for wannabe fiction writers." Each show covers a specific topic about the writing world, from battling self-doubt to crafting queries and cover letters, interspersed with interviews with published professionals.
I Should Be Writing won the 2007 Parsec Award for Best Writing Podcast.
Escape Pod and Pseudopod
From May 2010 to December 2012, she was the editor and host of the sci-fi podcast magazine Escape Pod, taking over from former editor and founder Steve Eley. Under her editorship, Escape Pod began paying SFWA pro rates for the first time.
Lafferty was also co-founder, along with Steve Eley and co-editor Ben Phillips, of Pseudopod, a spin-off of Escape Pod presenting "the best in audio horror." In July 2007 she stepped down as co-editor of Pseudopod.
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Early Writing Career
Her early career began with her writing for White Wolf and other role playing game companies, and she has expanded to writing about games for such publications as Scrye, Knights of the Dinner Table, Anime Insider, Games Quarterly, and The Escapist. Her popular podcast novel Playing For Keeps was published by Swarm Press on August 25, 2008.
She has also written essays for the online magazine Grumble, many of which have ended up on Geek Fu Action Grip and published fiction in Hub magazine. Her short story. “1963: The Argument Against Louis Pasteur” (published in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s anthology The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities) qualified her the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which she won in 2013.
The Shambling Guides
In May 2013, Orbit Books released the first in Lafferty’s urban fantasy series: The Shambling Guide to New York City. It received favorable reception; Kirkus Reviews stated: “The hip, knowing and sometimes hysterically funny narrative, interspersed with excerpts from the guide of the title, lurches along in splendid fashion… The result is irresistible.”
The second novel in the series, A Ghost Train to New Orleans, was published on March 4, 2014.
Awards and Honors
- Member of the Podcast Pickle Hall of Fame
- One of the Top Ten Savvy Women in Podcasting, 2006
- Tricks of the Podcasting Masters was named one of the top reference books for 2006 by Amazon.com.
- 2007 Parsec Nomination for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form): I Look Forward To Remembering You
- 2007 Parsec Award for Best Writing Related Podcast: I Should Be Writing
- 2008 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form): Heaven - Season Four: Wasteland
- 2008 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form): Playing for Keeps
- 2010 Parsec Nomination for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form): Heaven - Season Five: War
- 2011 Parsec Nomination for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form): Marco and the Red Granny
- 2012 Nomination for John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
- 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
- Playing for Keeps, Podiobooks.com 2007 
- Playing for Keeps, Swarm Press 2008
- Nanovor: Hacked, Running Press Kids 2010
The Shambling Guides
- A Shambling Guide to New York, Orbit Books, 2013
- The Ghost Train to New Orleans, Orbit Books, 2014
- Heaven - Season One, Podiobooks.com 2006 
- Heaven - Season Two: Hell, Podiobooks.com 2007 
- Heaven - Season Three: Earth, Podiobooks.com 2007 
- Heaven - Season Four: Wasteland, Podiobooks.com 2007 
- Heaven - Season Five: War, Podiobooks.com 2009 
- Marco and the Red Granny, Hub Magazine 2010
- I Look Forward To Remembering You, Escape Pod 2006 
- 1963: The Argument Against Louis Pasteur, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (ed. Ann & Jeff VanderMeer)
- Voices: New Media Fiction (editor), Podiobooks.com 2006
Non-Fiction and Essays
- Tricks of the Podcasting Masters (with Robert Walch) Que 2006 ISBN 0-7897-3574-1
- Lessons From a Geek Fu Master, Lulu 2006
- D20 Fright Night Haunted School, Hogshead Publishing 2004 ASIN B000RI8HFA
- G.D. Gearino (March 22, 2005). "Podcasting takes off". The News & Observer. p. E1.
- "Escape Pod Metacast 5". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "News- changes at Escape Pod- blog, reviews, text, and rate increase!". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "The Shambling Guide to New York City". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "Top Ten Savvy Women in Podcasting for 2006 Final List". Archived from the original on November 11, 2007.
- Elise Ackerman (November 23, 2006). "Podcasts beginning to reach non-geeks". San Jose Mercury News. p. BU1.
- "2007 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "2008 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "2010 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "2011 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "2012 Hugo Awards". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "2013 Hugo Awards". Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Mur Lafferty - The Ghost Train to New Orleans cover art reveal". Upcoming4.me :. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Brazil, Nathan. "The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: A review". Sfsite. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- RPG writing credits
- Audio interview on the Comic Geek Speak podcast
- Interview on Books and Ideas Podcast (2008)
- Mur Lafferty at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Essay on story behind The Shambling Guide to New York City