Episode 223: Alisa Krasnostein, Sean Wright, Tehani Wessely and the Aurealis Awards

As the Aurealis Awards reach their twentieth anniversary, Jonathan sits down with Aurealis Awards judging co-ordinator Tehani Wessely, publisher Alisa Krasnostein, and critic Sean Wright to discuss the Aurealis Awards, their history and the recently released 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist.

This is the first time two episodes of Coode Street have been recorded and released on the same day! Our thanks to Alisa, Tehani and Sean for making the time to be available to record the podcast. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!
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Episode 222: Forthcoming Books with Liza Trombi

locusmarch.jpgWe are always on the look-out for new and exciting books to read, and always want to know what we should keep an eye out for.  For years we've relied on Locus's quarterly Forthcoming Books issues as a guide on what to look for.


One of the very earliest ideas for the Coode Street Podcast was that each month we'd sit down and discuss the newest issue of Locus. That didn't happen, but hopefully this is the start of a new series where, once every three months, we sit down with Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Trombi to discuss what's new and exciting, and what we all should be looking for in the month's ahead.

Our thanks to Liza for making time to record the podcast. The March issue of Locus will be on sale shortly.  We hope to get a list of titles from the episode up here soon.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. More next week. 
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Coming up on Coode Street

Coming up this weekend in episode 222 of the Coode Street Podcast, Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld join us to talk about their exciting new project, Zeroes, collaborating, superheroes and why Australia doesn't make a good setting for genre fiction.

This one's already in the can, so look for it here on Sunday and on Tor.com the following Tuesday!
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Episode 221: Joe Abercrombie and Sean Williams at the Perth Writers Festival

Is there a difference to writing for younger readers? Do they want or need different kinds of stories? Do they have different expectations from older readers? How do you structure a series? What makes for a rewarding reading experience and how do genre expectations relate to that? 

With new young adult novels published recently, Joe Abercrombie (whose Half the World, second volume in the Shattered Sea series, is just out) and Sean Williams (whose second Twinmaker novel, Crash, came out late last year) sit down with Jonathan to discuss this and more during a fascinating conversation recorded during the Perth Writer's Festival.
As always, our thanks to Joe and Sean, and we hope you enjoy the podcast. More next week!
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New episode coming!

After a short hiatus due to scheduling issues, the Coode Street Podcast returns this weekend with a fascinating discussion with Joe Abercrombie and Sean Williams about writing, young adult fiction, and their new novels Crash and Half the World.

This episode was recorded during the Perth Writer's Festival. Gary was safely asleep in Chicago, so Jonathan did a rare solo episode. Next week will be a return to normal programming as Gary and Jonathan are joined by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld. 
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Episode 220: William Gibson, Eileen Gunn, and Chris Brown

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Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe.  The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

This week Jonathan and Gary talk to old friend  Eileen Gunn, along with  Chris Brown,  and very special guest  William Gibson , in a discussion that ranges from William’s recent novel The Peripheral to the influences of writers as diverse as Mervyn Peake, Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, and Avram Davidson and the question of what it means to write in and out of genre. We hope you find it as interesting as we all did recording it. 

Coode Street, Episode 220 (1hr 17mins)

The Coode Street Podcast is published by The Coode Street Press and Gary K. Wolfe, and is syndicated by Tor.com.
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Episode 219: On Short Story Collections and such

Jonathan returns and our heroes spend some time discussing the history and nature of short story collections in science fiction and fantasy. Warning: Contains some facts and a lot of wild speculation.

Next week: William Gibson!
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Episode 218: Harlan Ellison, Bill Schafer and the Volcano

This week, in honor of the new Subterranean Press volume The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, we are joined by Harlan himself, along with Subterranean publisher William Schafer.

Although Jonathan wasn’t able to join us on this one, we get into some fascinating stories about Thomas Pynchon, Octavia Butler, Harlan’s famous house (including the “grotto”), the role of small-press publishers in the history of the field, and what it all looks like from the perspective of a legendary writer in his 81st year.

Note: There's a break at the 42min mark when Gary's cat stepped on his laptop and paused the recording. A few minutes were missed, but conversation continued!!

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Episode 217: James Morrow, SF, Satire, Religion, and Other Matters

51J%2BsR8NyWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpThis week we welcome James Morrow, one of SF’s premier satirists, whose new novel Galapagos Regained is just out, taking on Darwinism, Victorian religious attitudes, the Book of Mormon, and Morrow’s frequent themes of rationalism vs. received belief. 

We also touch upon the role of a religious satirist, the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, old SF movies and TV programs, Morrow’s recent novellas Shambling Towards Hiroshima and The Madonna and the Starship, and his forthcoming collection Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow from Wesleyan University Press.
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Episode 216: Guy Gavriel Kay and the Legend of the Lost Podcast

More than two years ago, at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Gary and Jonathan sat down with Guy Gavriel Kay to discuss his then new novel River of Stars.  A now legendary discussion followed, that quickly became mythical when technical issues resulted in that recording and several others being permanently lost.

In an attempt to redress the loss of that earlier conversation, Guy agreed to join Jonathan and Gary for the discussion that follows while they were all in Washington DC for the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.  
As always, we would like to thank Guy for his patience and for being part of the podcast. It is greatly appreciated. We hope you all enjoy the episode and will be back next week!
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Episode 215: On Short Stories, the Possibility of Ruts and other matters

Suddenly our intrepid heroes, still mostly living on vacation time,realised that they needed to put out another episode of the podcast. Plans for a leisurely hiatus were abandoned and, somewhat the worse for New Year wear, they sat down in front of their microphones, and began to ramble. 

This week's discussion starts with a look at some end of the year comments made by Locus Online short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton, which had Jonathan nodding his head in some agreement, and wandered on to his vague thoughts on genre cohesiveness (or something) and ended with thought from Gary on who will we remember this year from the Class of 1915 (or something).
All in all, a typical Coode Street. Next week, finally as promised, Guy Gavriel Kay! As always we hope you enjoy the episode, and will see you next week!
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Happy New Year

The Coode Street Podcast is a truly international effort, with Gary in Chicago and Jonathan in Perth, and listeners the world over.  2014 was great year for the podcast. Our audience was up more than 30%, which is gratifying, and we managed to get 40 (of a possible 52!) episodes out.  We recorded our 200th episode live in London with Stan Robinson, Bob Silverberg and Jo Walton, and then backed it up with only our second ever live podcast from World Fantasy with Caitlin Kiernan and Peter Straub.

We were desperately luck to get to speak to all sorts of interesting people, and hopefully we interested, informed and possibly made you think a little about the genre during the year. We also announced we'd be joining Tor.com, which is pretty exciting.  We're both sure 2015 should be an even better year here on the Street.
In the meantime, we both are hoping you're safe, healthy and having fun during the holidays, and that we'll get the chance to talk to you during the year ahead. Happy New Year!
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Episode 214: Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois Live in DC!

The third of our short series of podcasts recorded at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington DC, this one features a particularly laughter-filled conversation with award-winning writers and editors, and long-time friends and collaborators, Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. While it's been long enough since the podcast was recorded that we're not sure any of it made sense, we do know it was a lot of fun to record. We hope it's a lot of fun to listen to.

As always, our sincere thanks to Jack and Gardner for making the time to talk to us, and our thanks to you for listening.  We hope you're all either enjoying a well-earned holiday over the Festive Season, or finding a way to enjoy yourself if you have to work through it, and that we see you safe and well when we're back recording live in a couple weeks.  Next week: Guy Gavriel Kay.
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Episode 213: Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman

This week the first of our series of World Fantasy Convention 2014 podcasts.  Award-winning writers Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman sit down with Gary and Jonathan to discuss writing, their careers, their new books and much more.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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Episode 212: James Bradley and the Year in Review

For the final episode before our Christmas hiatus, Jonathan and Gary are joined by award-winning writer and critic James Bradley to discuss the best books of 2014. Any lists are going to be incomplete, but we make an attempt to talk about a lot of what we thought was worthwhile from the year just coming to a close.

We also briefly mention our big new announcement about Coode St becoming a Tor.com podcast, something we are very happy about. We would like to thank James for joining us on this episode, and all of our guests throughout the year who made time to talk to us. 

We'd also like to thank all of you, our listeners, for spending some time with us in 2014.  It's been a great year, and one we're proud of being able to bring to you. We hope you, your families, and all of your loved ones have safe and happy holidays and that we'll see you back here in January!

Note: We will be issuing new podcasts recorded at World Fantasy Convention during our hiatus, so do tune in here next week for another new Coode St.
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The Coode Streeet Podcast: A Tor.com Podcast

Big news from the Coode Street Bunker.  Starting in mid-January (we're still finalising the exact date), the Coode Street Podcast will be moving to Tor.com! Tor.com currently produces two terrific podcasts, Rocket Talk and Midnight in Karachi. Now the shambling behemoth that is Coode Street joins those fine and well-made communications to bring rambling and diversion to the masses.

For long-time listeners little will change. Your subscriptions and feeds will continue to work, but we hope to reach a wider listenership and to make some changes to the show.  Our fifth anniversary approaches and we couldn't be happier to be spending it with Tor.com and the crew!
News announcement from Tor.com
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2014 Year in Review episode to be recorded this weekend

Each year I end up compiling a personal list of the best fiction I’ve read during the year. That list ends up being used as the basis of my annual recommended reading essay for Locus, and for the introduction to my Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology. It somehow always ends up being a chore, one that I fight and struggle with for reasons that make little or no sense.

Partly to prepare for this ordeal, and partly to jog my memory, this weekend Gary Wolfe and I will be doing a special Coode Street Podcast where we will discuss 2014: The Year in Review. Gary and I are going to do actual preparation for this one(!) and we have invited critic and author James Bradley to join us. We hope to have another guest, if possible, but it should be fun discussing it with James. It means at least one of us will be erudite and well informed!

We’re going to be recording the episode on Saturday, 13 December 2014 and it will go out to listeners within 24hrs of being recorded. I’ll be shamelessly using the information provided by all of you in prepping and hope to come up with a few surprises and may be making a major announcement about the future of the podcast!

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Coming up on the Coode Street Podcast

With the holiday season about to get going in earnest, we thought we’d give you a rough idea of what to look forward to in coming weeks. 

Gary and I are still debating on either doing a special ‘Books to Look Forward to” or “Best of 2014” episode. If we do either of those it will air on the weekend of December 13, 2014.
Following that episode, we will go into a brief hiatus when we will air three episodes we recorded in Washington DC. The likely order is: 
21 Dec 14: Live with Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman 
28 Dec 14: Live with Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois 
 4 Jan 15: Live with Guy Gavriel Kay 
We would then be back with a fresh episode on the week on 11 January 2015. We have some exciting plans which we hope you’ll enjoy.
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Episode 211b: Kij Johnson and Reimagining Genre’s Past

The Coode Street Podcast is fortunate to have a small group of guests who have appeared on the show more than once. This week we welcome back our most regular visitor, the wonderful Kij Johnson, who brings us up to date on the weather in Kansas, what she's been writing, and on re-imagining our genre's past. 

It was enormous fun talking to Kij and we'd like to thank her for making time on a chilly Saturday evening to talk to us on Coode Street. We apologise for some minor technical issues. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast, and will be back next week with more!
Note: This is a reissue of the original episode, which had some issues.
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