Dystopic On The Radio

On 18th June I was invited to East London Radio to talk about Dystopic and my upcoming novel These Unnatural Men.

When I was initially approached by Chris Ridgeway, the host of Wheels in Motion, I determined the whole thing to either be a hoax or a grave mistake. Why would anyone want to talk to me about the bleakest fiction imaginable?

I soon realised that this was, as the kids put it, ‘fo realz’, and after an intense wave of nausea I decided I had to go. The chance of embarrassing myself was at such a high level that it couldn’t be comprehended by the human brain, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to discuss totalitarianism, euthanasia and oppression on the wireless (as you can probably tell I’m great fun at dinner parties).

East London Radio is a non for profit station that provides the opportunity for volunteers from all walks of life to gain experience on the air. The content is diverse, original and enthusiastic and helps a wide range of people get a head start in an incredibly competitive industry.

Thankfully the Wheels in Motion show is only an hour long so I didn’t have to speak much. Plied with a cider on an empty stomach I blithered and blathered about dark fiction, the difficulties of writing for a living and the process of creating These Unnatural Men, my sci-fi novel that presents a world in which euthanasia is legal and is a prominent feature of the healthcare industry.

All in all I don’t believe I was too cringey to listen to. I was clearly nervous and unprepared for the whole event, but it was a wonderful experience and I would just like to thank Chris and East London Radio for the opportunity to talk about my dreary interests.

If you would like to hear me on ELR you can find the recording on Mix Cloud by clicking here.

E.J. Babb created Dystopic in 2012 after requiring an outlet for her love of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. She is the author of These Unnatural Men, FOREGROUND and The Festivities of Morkwood.

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