August 20 2014

Episode 198: John Clute, science fiction and Loncon

With Loncon3, the largest WorldCon in history disappearing into the rear-view mirror, convention guest of honour John Clute joins Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss fantastika, the mission of science fiction, the SF Encyclopedia and much more.

In the run-up to episode 200, recorded live in London, we'll probably have a wrap-up episode shortly. Till then, our thanks to John for joining us and, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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July 19 2014

Episode 197: Readercon, the World Fantasy Awards and more

With our intrepid hosts preparing to head off to Europe for a sojourn in France before attending WorldCon in London (the biggest Worldcon ever!!), it seems like everything is happening in the gap between now and then. To fill the moments, a new episode(!) where Gary's time at Readercon, the Shirley Jackson Awards, the World Fantasy Awards and more (not much more) are discussed.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
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July 5 2014

Episode 196: Bill Shafer and Subterranean Press

This week our intrepid podcasters are joined by Subterranean Press publisher and founder Bill Schafer to discuss science fiction, publishing and the evolution of one science fiction, fantasy and horror's most important specialty publishers.

We would like to thank Bill for joining and, as always, hope you enjoy the podcast.
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July 1 2014

Episode 195: Joe Monti and Saga Press

This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Joe Monti, executive editor of the newly formed Saga Press. We discuss bookselling, the current marketplace, Saga's upcoming books and more.

As always, our sincere thanks to Joe for being part of the podcast. We hope you enjoy the discussion, and we'll see you next week!
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June 22 2014

Episode 194: Daniel Keyes and Questions from the audience

Our intrepid podcasters discuss the sad news about the recent passing of Flowers for Algernon author Daniel Keyes and answer questions from the audience.  Not quite the usual ramble, but pretty close to it.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. More next week!
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June 15 2014

Episode 193: Academic Exercises, genre and pants

This week Gary is back from Florida and our brief hiatus is at an end. We discuss K J Parker's Academic Exercises, some movies seen by Gary, and genre nerdiness. We also answer some questions from the audience, and try not to talk about pants.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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June 1 2014

Episode 192: Anne Leckie, gender and Ancillary Justice

Fresh from winning the Kitschie, the BSFA, the Clarke, and the  Nebula Award, Ann Leckie joins us on the podcast to discuss Ancillary Justice, writingLeckie_AncillaryJustice_TP.jpg the Imperial Radsch trilogy, gender in SF, and a lot, lot more.

As always, we would like to thank Ann for joining us, and hope you enjoy the podcast. We're off air next week, but will return on June 15 with a new episode. Till then, enjoy!
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May 23 2014

Episode 191: Jeff VanderMeer and the Southern Reach

An exciting week at Coode Street as New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer joins us in the Gershwin Room to discuss his new "Southern Reach" trilogy, the Hugo Award-nominated Wonderbook and much, much more.

As always, our thanks to Jeff for joining us, and we hope you enjoy the podcast. See you next week!
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May 18 2014

Episode 190: James Bradley, science fiction, awards and more

With Gary busy with other commitments. long-time friend of the podcast James Bradley drops by to talk about his new upcoming novel Clade, the value of science fiction, awards, and more. 

Our sincere thanks to James for making the time to chat, and, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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May 10 2014

Episode 189: Joe Abercrombie, Half a King and dark fantasy

Half-a-King-Quotes-Staggered-702x1024.jpThis week we are joined by Joe Abercrombie, internationally best-selling author of the 'First Law' novels. His latest book Half-a-King, his first for young adults is due in-store in July. We discuss the novel, epic fantasy, how seriously epic fantasy is taken in the genre, and much more.

As always, we'd like to thank Joe for taking the time to be part of the podcast.  We'd also like to thank Stefan's Books for their assistance with this podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode!
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May 2 2014

Episode 188: Mary Rickert and The Memory Garden

9781402297120-PR.jpgWith debut novel The Memory Garden just days from release, and a major new novella "The Mothers of Voorhisville" out at Tor.com, Mary Rickert joins our intrepid podcasters to discuss her novel, writing, mid-West Gothic, and many, many more interesting things.

As always, we'd like to thank Mary for joining us and hope you enjoy the podcast!
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April 27 2014

Episode 187: On the perception of SF today and some rambling

It's been a while since our two intrepid podcasters journeyed together to the Gershwin Room high above the Coode Street Motel Six to ramble over an early morning cup of coffee and late evening glass of wine, but with little else to discuss that is just what they did.

In a rambling discussing they touched on how science fiction is perceived today, whether the views of an author should impact on how you read their written work, awards (of course), and what they mean by 'of this parish'.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We're still setting the schedule for the next few weeks, but expect to hear from Joe Abercrombie, Anne Leckie, Jeff VanderMeer, and others.
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April 20 2014

Episode 186: Hugo Awards 2014 with John DeNardo and Tansy Rayner Roberts repost

Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the nominees for the 2014 Hugo and Campbell Awards. As is our practice, this week we have a special episode of the podcast devoted to discussing the awards and all of the wonderful nominees. We are very grateful to John De Nardo (of SF Signal) and Tansy Rayner Roberts (Galactic Suburbia and Verity) for joining us for what we think is an interesting conversation. 

We would also like to thank all of our listeners for nominating Coode Street for our third consecutive Best Fancast Hugo Award. We could not be happier, or more grateful.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and we’ll be back next week with more!

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April 12 2014

Episode 185: Heinlein, Awards and such

With awards season picking up, we try to avoid talking about them and pretty much fail. There is other stuff: on reading Heinlein today and the new bio that's coming out, who would make the Big 5 in SF now etc.

It's a bit rambly, it's a bit Coode St. As always we hope you enjoy it!
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April 5 2014

Episode 184: Nnedi Okorafor and Lagoon

On the eve of the publication of her new adult science fiction novel, Lagoon, the wonderful Nnedi Okorafor joins our intrepid podcasts to discuss the evolution of the book, what she's been working on since we last spoke in April 2012, Nigerian literature, and much more.

As always, our thanks to Nnedi and we hope you all enjoy the podcast.

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March 30 2014

Episode 183: On nominating for the Hugos and Lucius Shepard

As always, we get everything the wrong way round. Having just returned from the glades of Florida, a land of mocktails and alligators, Gary joins Jonathan to discuss the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, nominating for the Hugo Awards, and the career of the late Lucius Shepard (which they should have started with, as you'll discover if your patience holds out).

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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March 21 2014

Episode 182: Steven Erikson and Ian McDonald

This week Gary is in Florida at the International Conference in the Arts where he is joined by Steven Erikson, author of the bestselling 'Malazan Empire' series of epic fantasy novels, and Ian McDonald, author of River of Gods, Dervish House, and the Planesrunner series.  The sound quality is not ideal, but the conversation is fascinating, and a rare one Jonathan gets to experience as a Coode St listener.

As always, our sincere thanks to Steven Erikson and Ian McDonald for being part of the podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
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March 9 2014

Episode 181: Eileen Gunn, questionable practices and the purposes of science fiction

9781618730756_med.gifThis week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Nebula Award winning writer Eileen Gunn to discuss her new short story collection, Questionable Practices, her upcoming article for the Smithsonion magazine on the purpose of science fiction, her novel in progress(!), and much, much more.

As always, our sincere thanks to Eileen for being part of the podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
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March 2 2014

Episode 180: Kelley Eskridge, Nicola Griffith, Hild, historicity and genre…

Battling the fickle beast that is Skype, this week Jonathan and Gary talk to Kelley Eskridge and Nicola Griffith about the recently released Nebula ballot and what it might say about SF today, Nicola's recent novel Hild, Kelley's novel Solitaire, science fiction as a way of reading, language, politics and a lot more. In many ways this episode isn't so much a conversation, as what feels like the beginning of a long and interesting one to be continued at conventions and elsewhere in the future.


As always, our sincere thanks to Kelley and Nicola for making time to appear on the podcast and for being such interesting and engaging guests.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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February 22 2014

Episode 179: James Bradley, Garth Nix, Sean Williams and Australian SF

Faced with another relentless summer's day in Perth and icy Chicago winter evening, Jonathan and Gary turn to long-time friends of the podcast James Bradley, Garth Nix, and Sean Williams, luxuriating in a cool Sydney summer afternoon, to discuss Australian fiction, young adult fiction, and the works of Neville Shute in a wide-ranging conversation that is only occasionally interrupted by the vagaries of Skype.


As always, our thinks to James, Garth and Sean, and we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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