The 34th edition of Fantastic Man embraces the transformative power of words and the people who know how to use them. To be found over the following pages is a collection of conversations with amazing writers who tell all about their personal worlds, how they do what they do and why. One thing the authors assembled across this issue have in common – whether they craft fiction, journalism, essays, poems or wonderful songs – is a fanatic dedication to writing and an unbridled, sometimes complex, love for it. In their various ways, they demonstrate the power of words to create new realities, tell stories, excite, arouse, inspire and change the world. Featuring the following figures from the world of the written: Paul Mendez, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Jon Ronson, Brontez Purnell, Behrouz Boochani, Neil Tennant, Abdellah Taïa, Samuel R. Delany and Ocean Vuong. Plus, an expansive expedition to the north of England in search of Edward Carpenter’s radical spirit.