The Fantasy Review Podcast Episode 7: An Interview with Kritika H. Rao - The Fantasy Review

The Fantasy Review Podcast Episode 7: An Interview with Kritika H. Rao

For the latest episode of The Fantasy Review Podcast, James and Nathan have an interview with Kritika H. Rao to talk about her debut science-fantasy, The Surviving Sky, about a post-apocalyptic Earth where magic users must keep cities floating above the planet and its devastating natural disasters. However, now magic is failing and it is down to an estranged married couple to save humanity.

In the interview portion of the episode, Kritika talks about selling a genre-bending novel to agents, how she incorporated Hindu philosophy into her worldbuilding and story, the importance of diversity in SFF literature, and more.

Then in Dragonfire Kritika, Nathan, and James recast movies poorly, talk about their favorite books that sit between genres, debate whether sci-fi/fantasy adaptations are cast well, discuss whether genre distinctions are even important, and geek out about Shohreh Aghdashloo. James and Nathan also compete with our latest attempts to cast The Surviving Sky. They are all tied up going into this episode!

Kritika was such a fun guest to have on the podcast, and fantasy readers and writers alike will definitely get a lot out of her insights. This episode is spoiler-free, so don’t worry if you haven’t yet gotten around to reading The Surviving Sky!

The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao

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You can find our guest Kritika on Twitter and at her website.

My name is Nathan and I'm currently getting my Ph.D. in archaeology in the US, but in my freetime I absolutely love reading any kind of fantasy book (and watching way too much TV). So I guess you could say that during the day I like to escape into the past and in the evening I like to escape into other worlds! Review requests can be sent to You can also find me on twitter (@nathan_reviews) and TikTok (nathans_fantasy_reviews).

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