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Startup Geometry EP 028 Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone

Today, I talk with Max Gladstone, author of The Craft Sequence, in which a magical post-Apocalyptic society turns out to be not a terribly bad place to live, thank you very much. He describes his novels differently depending on who he’s talking to. For businesspeople, lawyers, and consultants, he says, “It’s just like your job, only with wizards.” Like many writers, he’s held a number of interesting and out-of-the-way jobs, as you can see from his bio below.

Bio

Max Gladstone is a two-time finalist for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award, and a one-time finalist for the XYZZY Award. In July 2016
Tor Books published his most recent novel, FOUR ROADS CROSS. Other novels in the CRAFT SEQUENCE include, LAST FIRST SNOW, a tale of
zoning politics, human sacrifice, and parenthood.  LAST FIRST SNOW is  the fourth Craft Sequence novel, preceded by THREE PARTS DEAD, TWO
SERPENTS RISE, and FULL FATHOM FIVE.

Max studied Chan poetry and late Ming dynasty fantasy at Yale; he lived and taught for two years in rural Anhui province, and has traveled
throughout Asia and Europe. He speaks Chinese, can embarrass himself  reading Latin, and is a martial artist, fencer, and fiddler. He’s also
worked as a researcher for the Berkman Center for Internet and Policy Law, a tour guide for the Swiss Embassy, a go-between for a suspicious
Chinese auto magazine, a translator for visiting Chinese schoolteachers, a Chinese philosophy TA, a tech industry analyst, and an editor. He has
wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, sung at Carnegie Hall, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia.

We recorded this conversation at pretty much the exact moment the Trump/Russia dossier hit the Internet. Before the conversation began, I asked Max if he’d like to discuss politics or current events. We ended up not talking politics until after we’d ended the interview. Missed opportunities.

 

He’s also written a volume in the Bookburners project, currently available for free here:

 

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Scott Gosnell is the Founder and CEO of Windcastle Venture Consulting