Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Press and media

Interviews and Profiles

“Biolog: Alec Nevala-Lee.” Analog Science Fiction and Fact. March 2012. Profile by Richard A. Lovett.

“Oak Parker’s Mystery Thriller Emerges From Art.” Oak Park-River Forest Patch. March 28, 2012. Profile by Casey Cora.

“Author Interview: Alec Nevala-Lee, author of The Icon Thief.” Writer’s Digest. April 14, 2012. Interview with Chuck Sambuchino.

WGN Radio. May 19, 2012. Interview with Bill Moller.

“Alec Nevala-Lee thrills readers with conspiracy and intrigue.” WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. July 16, 2012. Interview with Steve Edwards of The Afternoon Shift.

“Culture Shock 1913.” The Fishko Files. WNYC National Public Radio. December 6, 2012. I speak a bit about Duchamp at the 10:45 mark.

“Interview with Alec Nevala-Lee.” Let’s Interview Authors. March 22, 2013. Interview with Brittany Madera.

“Alec Nevala-Lee.” Chicago Tribune. June 1, 2013. Q&A for the Printers Row Lit Fest.

“Cobbling together a living as an author.” WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. June 7, 2013. Interview with Niala Boodhoo of The Afternoon Shift.

“Alec Nevala-Lee.” Nineteen Questions. August 5, 2013. Interview with Zöe Gulliver.

“Alec Nevala-Lee ’02.” Harvardwood. October 2013. Interview with Dona Le.

“Author Alec Nevala-Lee on Writing and Blogging Every Day.” Discover at WordPress. December 21, 2015. Interview with Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

“The Springboard: Alumni in the Arts Recall Studies at Harvard.” The Harvard Crimson. April 25, 2016. I discuss how my writing was influenced by the college courses I took in Latin and Greek.

“Author Spotlight.” Lightspeed. September 2016. Interview with Robyn Lupo about my short story “Ernesto.”

“The Science Fiction of Scientology.” The Dan Riendeau Show. February 17, 2017. I talk about the writing career of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of dianetics and Scientology, and his place in the history of science fiction.

“Alec Nevala-Lee and ‘The Proving Ground.'” Dive Into Worldbuilding. September 27, 2017. I discuss my novella in a video interview with science fiction writer Juliette Wade.

“Alec Nevala-Lee, Andy Duncan, and the Astounding Legacy.” September 29, 2018. The Coode Street Podcast. I discuss John W. Campbell and the other subjects of Astounding with Andy Duncan, Jonathan Strahan, and Gary K. Wolfe.

“For sci-fi, an ‘astounding’ yet tarnished golden age.” Christian Science Monitor. October 2, 2018. Interview with Randy Dotinga about Astounding.

“An Unsung Hero, Scientology, and Isaac Asimov’s Harassment: Alec Nevala-Lee Reveals Sci-Fi’s ‘Astounding’ Origins.” Syfy Wire. October 19, 2018. Interview with Jacob Oller about Astounding.

Astounding Chronicles 4 Titans of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (Warts and All).” October 23, 2018. Interview with Sarah Lewin about Astounding.

“How Science Fiction Magazines (And Their Payment Rates) Shaped the Genre.” October 25, 2018. I’m interviewed for an article by Adam Rowe.

Articles and Essays

“Marcel Duchamp’s Turning Point.” Los Angeles Times. March 18, 2012. Essay on the hundredth anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2.

“Simon Says: It’s Not About You!” The Daily Beast. April 14, 2012. Essay on The Wire’s David Simon and fabulists Mike Daisey and Greg Mortenson.

New Yorker Profile? No, Thanks.” Salon. May 12, 2012. Essay on the New Yorker feature curse.

The Secret for Smart People.” The Daily Beast. June 5, 2012. Essay on recent books on creativity and the power of thought.

The Tools is Slick and Savvy—Like a Hollywood Remake.” The Daily Beast. June 13, 2012. Review of The Tools by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz.

“The Lehrer Affair.” The Rumpus. July 11, 2012. Essay on Jonah Lehrer and the ethics of “self-plagiarism.”

“Will McAvoy, You’re So Smart!” Salon. July 23, 2012. Essay on the use of historical irony in The Newsroom and other works of fiction.

“Karl Rove’s Labyrinth.” The Daily Beast. November 20, 2012. Essay on Karl Rove’s surprising love of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

“Reply All.” The New York Times Magazine. March 31, 2013. A short excerpt from my blog post on the poet Anne Carson.

“Lessons from The X-Files.” Salon. September 17, 2013. The twentieth anniversary of The X-Files and its lessons for modern television.

Dictionary of the Khazars (Male Edition).” The Syllabus. London: Verbivoracious Press. 2015. A short essay on Milorad Pavić’s remarkable novel.

“Xenu’s Paradox: The Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard and the Making of Scientology.” Longreads. February 1, 2017. An overview of the science fiction and fantasy stories of the controversial founder of dianetics and the Church of Scientology. Featured on The A.V. Club on March 12, 2017.

“The Campbell Machine.” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2018, 125-133. An expanded excerpt from the book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, exploring the death of Campbell’s stepson and his ensuing fixation on psionic machines.

“Dawn of Dianetics: L. Ron Hubbard, John W. Campbell, and the Origins of Scientology.” Longreads. October 23, 2018. Excerpt from Astounding on Campbell’s influence on Hubbard’s ideas during the development of dianetics.

“What Isaac Asimov Taught Us About Predicting the Future.” New York Times. October 31, 2018. Essay on Campbell, Asimov, and the origins of psychohistory.

Written by nevalalee

November 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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