When it comes to fantasy, science fiction, and their many siblings and cousins, no resource is more valuable or entertaining than ‘Fictional Frontiers’. On-line and on air, it is by far the most comprehensive portal into the worlds of the magical, mystical, and mysterious. Unlike other, similar endeavors, ‘Fictional Frontiers’ satisfies not only with its breadth but its immediacy and depth. Featuring interviews with those close to projects (rather than hangers-on who report on rumor and innuendo) and guests who offer insight, each episode of Fictional Frontiers opens new windows and provides food for thought. Moderated by Sohaib Awan, who matches intelligence and enthusiasm with a pleasant radio voice, ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is a labor of love that never disappoints.
I have done several interviews with ‘Fictional Frontiers’, and they have always been immensely positive experiences. Sohaib is the “holy grail” of interviewers, always prepared and asking thoughtful, intelligent questions that challenge the interviewee, but in a comfortable space. One of the interviews was on the floor of New York Comic-Con, and the background noise was atrocious, but they went above and beyond to edit and clean up the audio and ensure listeners had the highest quality experience. I was really impressed with that. I’m looking forward to doing the show again some time.
Sohaib and ‘Fictional Frontiers’ provide the serious look at genre art and entertainment that is so lacking and so important in mainstream media. He not only has an understanding of what is going on but why it matters. ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is breaking ground each week by intelligently talking about what entertains and moves us and why we are passionate about it. He gets the best guests talking about the best parts of popular culture in a conversational way. It all makes for must listen content.
Sohaib (with his team at ‘Fictional Frontiers’) is a great interviewer, but, even more than that, is a pure entertainer. Sohaib possesses the wit of a Shakespearean fool, the insight of an Oracle, the depth of knowledge of a Yoda, and the showmanship of a magician. He brings all of these elements together to create fantastically insightful interviews that are a pleasure to listen to – and be a part of.
Appearing on ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is a delight for any author. Sohaib is one of the most thoughtful interviewers out there.
Sohaib Awan’s ‘Fictional Frontiers’ digs for more meaning in the particulate elements, leaf litter and general detritus of pop culture than almost any other show in “geek” entertainment journalism right now. In the war to highlight the most ambitious, progressive and engaging genre narratives, Sohaib is one of our best foot soldiers.
I don’t know how he does it, but week after week Sohaib reaches into my brain and pulls out a list of the creative people I want to hear from, then asks them the questions I would ask, if only I were smarter. But even spookier, he finds people that should have been on my list, and makes me want to read them. ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is like one of those mystical, appear-out-of-nowhere book shops from stories, where all the stuff we’ve been craving is waiting on the shelves.
‘Fictional Frontiers’ is the most informative and entertaining program on the airwaves and web today...not only spotlighting the worlds of literature and film, but illuminating them like no other...peeling back the layers of thought of the most visionary and influential thinkers, in front of and behind the curtains of pop culture’s creative process.
‘Fictional Frontiers ‘is a great place to visit, and Sohaib is one of the finest interviewers I’ve had the privilege to meet. He’s not only studied the material, he’s thought about the themes and sought far beyond the obvious. He asks questions that probe the subject matter in ways that challenge the creators and researchers and better illuminate the material. He may well have the wisdom of Yoda, as well as better diction.
‘Fictional Frontiers’ is at the top of my list of places to discuss SF. Sohaib Awan, host of the program, is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the genre. The insightful questions he brings to each interview make participating an authorial pleasure.
‘Fictional Frontiers’ provides the kind of thoughtful-and thought-provoking interviews that both listeners and guests crave. Sohaib knows and cares about his material, and the end result is always thought-provoking, surprising and genuinely illuminating. This is how radio should be.
‘Fictional Frontiers’ is an indispensably smart, funny, peppery corner of the geekoverse.
I’m pleased to have been a frequent guest on ‘Fictional Frontiers’. The show covers the whole gamut of fantasy and science fiction across all media, and Sohaib is always right there with interesting and challenging questions few others ask. Fictional Frontiers is appointment listening!
I dig ‘Fictional Frontiers’ because it’s attracted to edges, it knows where the movement and growth happens. Plus, Sohaib Awan is an excellent interviewer; he can come at things from so many different angles. Conversing with him is always an enriching experience. And if anyone is to blame for the recent increase in my obsession with comics, it’s him.
It’s no secret what a treasure ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is for lovers of fantasy and science fiction in all their forms. The minute you tune in, you know you’ve found a place of intelligence and respect for the genre. My interview with Sohaib about ‘The Chathrand Voyage’ was one of the most satisfying I’ve done. The variety of guests and topics is immense, and the energy never flags. What did we do to deserve a show this good?
At the risk of angering friends with whom I’ve done interviews, in all honesty I most look forward to the ones with Sohaib Awan on ‘Fictional Frontiers’. He knows his subject inside and out, he’s personable, passionate, and asks questions that are challenging but never out of line.
Sohaib Awan and ‘Fictional Frontiers’ are easily one of the best interviews I’ve ever done. Sohaib is smart, funny and knows his stuff, and it’s always a blast chatting with him about Star Wars, horror movies, superheroes, comics and all the things that make life worth living — plus he seems to know just about everybody. Do yourself a huge favor and tune into Fictional Frontiers every week. You’ll be glad you did.
‘Fictional Frontiers’ is where I go to keep up on the latest news, info and interviews in sci-fi, comics, movies, trailers, TV shows, pretty much anything and everything that is of interest to me in entertainment. ‘Fictional Frontiers’ is creating a safe haven for those with a love of the true art of story telling and imagination. Sohaib keeps me balanced in my belief that true story telling and the crafting of stories still exist. I always feel I am getting a real, honest, and like minded outlook on the world of entertainment with Fictional Frontiers.