Sure that we were on to something, we decided to follow up last week's discussion of the State of British SF with Paul Kincaid and Nina Allan with a discussion about the State of Australian SF with editor/publisher Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press and bestselling Australian SF writer Sean Williams.
This week something special. Following on from conversations at the London Worldcon and articles by Martin Petto * and others, Gary and Jonathan are joined by Nina Allan and Paul Kincaid to discuss the state of British science fiction. Are we having breakfast in the ruins, or is there hope to be found on the bookshelves?
Time to get back to the conversation and put the wonderful LonCon experience behind us. With episode 201, Jonathan and Gary sit down to continue their ongoing discussion of science fiction, fantasy and other stuff.
The first episode of the three time Hugo Award nominated Coode Street Podcast went out to the world on Saturday 8 May 2010. There was no intention to start a regular podcast, or an ongoing conversation with and about science fiction, but that’s what happened.
In the four years since we recorded that first episode little has changed except, we hope, a tendency to ramble a little less. The recording is still rough and ready (alas), and the conversation is still off the cuff and unprepared (happily).
To celebrate the extremely unlikely event that we were recording our 200th episode, we decided to do something special. We invited our good friends Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg and Jo Walton to join us in conversation at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. A lively and interesting conversation was had, in what we think is one of our best ever episodes.
Our sincere thanks to Stan, Bob and Jo for making their time available and being a part of our celebrations. Our special thanks to Liz Batty, Niall Harrison and the Loncon3 tech team who provided the space for nearly 200 listeners to watch the event, and who recorded it far better than we ever could. And an extra thanks to Sophie (aka Miss 12), who helped me to introduce this episode. Finally, a deep and heartfelt thanks to you, our listeners, who keep us recording this crazy thing ever week.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. More next week! On to episode 300!
And we're back! After traveling for far too long and having had a wonderful time in London at what may have been the biggest and best WorldCon ever, our intrepid commentators are back on Coode St pondering (at length, alas!) what made Loncon a success, the Hugo Awards results, and the future and purpose of SF (of course!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh from winning the Kitschie, the BSFA, the Clarke, and the Nebula Award, Ann Leckie joins us on the podcast to discuss Ancillary Justice, writing the Imperial Radsch trilogy, gender in SF, and a lot, lot 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.
This 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.
With 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.
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.
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.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and we’ll be back next week with more!
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.
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.
Other books mentioned in the podcast:
NB: This post was retitled from Lagoon and Nigerian Fiction to more correctly reflect the content of the podcast.="">