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Adrian Tchaikovsky talks Children of Time, Doctor Who and 20th century SF

Adrian Tchaikovsky wears a Freudian beard and glasses while sitting in front of bookshelves with his hands together as if praying but lying on the desk in front of him Today’s podcast guest is Adrian Czajkowski. (Spelt Adrian Tchaikovsky for publication.) He is a British fantasy and science fiction author. Readers know best for his series Shadows of the Apt, and for his novel Children of Time. Adrian studied zoology and psychology at the University of Reading. Then he qualified as a legal executive and worked as a legal executive for the Commercial Dispute Department of Blacks, Solicitors, of Leeds. In late 2018 he became a full time writer.

In the past 7 years Adrian has won 7 awards.

Children of Time was awarded the 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016. Author James Lovegrove described it as “superior stuff, tackling big themes – gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness – with brio”.

I do not know what “brio” is – but I ask!

Find Adrian Tchaikovsky

You can find Adrian on Twitter, and on his website.

Acknowledgement of Country

Dark Matter Zine Acknowledges this recording is taking place on the unceded Country of the Bunurong Peoples’ of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

(I have occasionally acknowledged Country in podcasts. This year I aim to lift my game in many areas, so I plan to Acknowledge Country in every podcast. An Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners can be done by anyone. It’s a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the land where a meeting or event is held. For more information about Country and respect for Australia’s First Nations, read this post that also has links to useful websites.)


Thank you for listening. And thank you to Adrian Tchaikovsky for chatting Children of Time and Doctor Who. I’m not sure who I’ll interview next so watch this space. Stay safe and have fun.


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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