This week, with Gary returned from Archipelacon in Finland, we touch once again upon the problems of translation, the Finnish Weird, the international SF community, and such timely matters as the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s Dune, the announcement of World Fantasy Life Achievement winners Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper, new critical books in the series from University of Illinois, and even some odd ideas about short books or essays we’d like to see on the model of the 33 1/3 series, as well as the usual random rambles.
This week we are joined by Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Kim Stanley Robinson to discuss generation starships, how we might live in space, how space opera is becoming a subset of fantasy and his exciting new novel Aurora (due July 7).
We are delighted to be able to present what is one of the first major discussions about this extraordinary new novel, which we think will prove to be one of the standout SF novels of 2015. As always, we'd like to thank Stan for making the time to talk to us, and hope you enjoy the podcast.
After a brief, unplanned hiatus due to scheduling and personal issues (meaning that Gary got more involved in the Nebula weekend than he intended to), we return with a discussion that ranges from the Nebula nominees and winners this year, the encouraging sense of the health of the field during the Nebula weekend, the question of whether middle volumes in trilogies are always worth reading, the question of world-building by accretion through a series of stories (as in Fritz Leiber or Robert E. Howard) versus worldbuilding as a pre-writing activity, the question of how to achieves a balance between science fiction and fantasy in anthologies (or if it makes a difference at all), and various other topics that will delight listeners who enjoy our usual rambling, and hopefully not too seriously frustrate others.
Every year there are thousands of books published and any one of them could appeal to you. To help you find great new books, Locus publishes a list of forthcoming titles every three months. And to help you navigate through that, each quarter we invite Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi to join us and discuss the books that we think might be most interesting that are due out between now and the end of 2015.
- ABERCROMBIE, JOE Half a War, Ballantine Del Rey, Jul 2015 (eb, hc)
- BEAR, GREG Killing Titan, Orbit US, Oct 2015 (hc)
- BENFORD, GREGORY The Best of Gregory Benford, Sub- terranean Press, Jul 2015 (c, eb, hc)
- BIANCOTTI, DEBORAH Waking in Winter, PS Publishing, Jul 2015 (na, hc)
- BLAYLOCK, JAMES P. Beneath London, Titan US, May 2015 (eb, tp)
- BRAY, LIBBA Lair of Dreams, Little, Brown, Aug 2015 (1st US, ya, eb, hc)
- CHO, ZEN Sorcerer to the Crown, Macmillan, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
- CIXIN, LIU The Dark Forest, Tor, Jul 2015 (eb, hc)
- DE BODARD, ALIETTE House of Shattered Wings, Penguin/Roc, Sep 2015 (1st US, hc)
- DICKINSON, SETH The Traitor Boru Cormorant, Macmillan/Tor UK, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
- GORODISCHER, ANGELICA Prodigies, Small Beer Press, Aug 2015 (eb, tp)
- HAND, ELIZABETH Wylding Hall, Open Road, Jul 2015
- HOLLAND, CECELIA Dragon Heart, Tor, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
- HOPKINSON, NALO Falling in Love with Hominids, Tachyon Publications, Aug 2015 (c, tp)
- HURLEY, KAMERON Empire Ascendant, Angry Robot US, Oct 2015 (eb, tp)
- HUTCHISON, DAVE, Europe in Autumn, Solaris, UK/US Nov 2015 (tp)
- KIERNAN, CAITLÍN R. Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea, Subterranean Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
- KRESS, NANCY The Best of Nancy Kress, Subterranean Press, Sep 2015 (c, eb, hc)
- LECKIE, ANN Ancillary Mercy, Orbit US, Oct 2015 (tp)
- LIU, KEN The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
- McDONALD, IAN Luna: New Moon, Tor, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
- McDONALD, IAN The Best of Ian MacDonald, PS Publishing, Jun 2015 (c, hc)
- McDONALD, IAN The Locomotives’ Graveyard, PS Publishing, Aug 2015 (na, hc)
- McDONALD, IAN Mars Stories, PS Publishing, Aug 2015 (c, hc)
- MIÉVILLE, CHINA Three Moments of an Explosion, Ballantine Del Rey, Aug 2015 (1st US, c, eb, hc) MITCHELL, DAVID Slade House, Random House, Oct 2015 (eb, hc)
- MORROW, JAMES Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow, Wesleyan University Press, Nov 2015 (c, hc)
- NAGATA, LINDA, The Red:Going Dark, Saga Press, Nov 2015 (hc)
- NIX, GARTH To Hold the Bridge, Harper, Jun 2015 (c, ya, hc)
- PRATCHETT, TERRY The Shepherd’s Crown, HarperCollins, Sep 2015 (ya, hc)
- REYNOLDS, ALASTAIR The Best of Alastair Reynolds, Subterranean Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
- RICKERT, MARY The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece: New and Selected Stories, Small Beer Press, Aug 2015 (c, eb, tp)
- ROBERTS, ADAM The Thing Itself, Orion/Gollancz, Dec 2015 (tp)
- SCALZI, JOHN The End of All Things, Tor, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
- SWANWICK, MICHAEL Chasing the Phoenix, Tor, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
- WESTERFELD, SCOTT Zeroes (with Margo Lanagan & Debo rah Biancotti), Simon Pulse, Sep 2015 (ya, hc)
- WOLFE, GENE A Borrowed Man, Tor, Oct 2015 (eb, hc)
As promised, regular guest Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi will join us on the podcast this weekend to discuss highlights from the next "Forthcoming Books" issue of Locus. We expect to give you an idea of the books we'll be looking out for during the rest of the year, while also possibly mentioning other surprises. We record tomorrow, and the episode should be out late Monday.Share | Comments
This week we pay a return visit to World Fantasy Award winning author Elizabeth Hand, discussing her new short novel Wylding Hall, the British folk revival of the 1970s which provides the novel’s background, the use of multiple narrators (and the advantages of audio-books in differentiating them), and such diverse matters as the legacy of Arthur Machen, why there aren’t more fantasy novels about the arts, and what to expect next in her ongoing series of crime novels involving the troubled ex-punk photographer Cass Neary.
As always, our thanks to Liz for making the time to talk to us and we hope you enjoy the podcast!
If all goes to plan, this coming weekend we'll be featuring Elizabeth Hand as guest on the podcast. We plan to discuss her forthcoming novella, Wylding Hall, and much more. Wylding Hall is due out in July in ebook, limited edition hardcover, and audio, and is described as:
From the award-winning author of Waking the Moon, a short novel of unexpected terrorWhen the young members of a British acid-folk band are compelled by their manager to record their unique music, they hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with dark secrets. There they create the album that will make their reputation, but at a terrifying cost: Julian Blake, the group’s lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen or heard from again.Now, years later, the surviving musicians, along with their friends and lovers—including a psychic, a photographer, and the band’s manager—meet with a young documentary filmmaker to tell their own versions of what happened that summer. But whose story is true? And what really happened to Julian Blake?
This week we sit down and discuss the World Fantasy Awards, the Life Achievement Award, and quite a lot more. Another old-fashioned ramble for the Coode Street Archives.
This week we are joined by the Hugo and Nebula Award winning Paolo Bacigalupi, who is just about to publish his first science fiction novel for adults since 2009s The Windup Girl.
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust.When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.
WATER IS POWERPaolo Bacigalupi, New York Times best-selling author of The Windup Girl and National Book Award finalist, delivers a near-future thriller that casts new light on how we live today—and what may be in store for us tomorrow.The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust.When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. With a wallet full of identities and a tricked-out Tesla, Angel arrows south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, Angel encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist, who knows far more about Phoenix’s water secrets than she admits, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north to those places where water still falls from the sky.As bodies begin to pile up and bullets start flying, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. With Phoenix teetering on the verge of collapse and time running out for Angel, Lucy, and Maria, their only hope for survival rests in one another’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.
It was a lot of fun talking to Paolo about the book. We hope you'll join us this weekend to hear the conversation.Share | Comments
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
- Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Roc Books)
This week’s very special episode is a conversation with the superb and formerly mysterious K.J. Parker, whose newest work The Two of Swords begins serialization this week from Orbit, and whose Savages is due later this summer from Subterranean Press.
Busy times at Coode Street! Later today there'll be a special episode featuring mysterious British writer K.J. Parker. We discuss writing under a pseudonym, who Parker really is, writing fantasy without magic, literary influences, new projects and much more.
With a little good fortune the next episode of the Coode Street Podcast will be out with the world sometime in the next thirty-six hours. This week's episode features the first ever "live" interview/chat with World Fantasy Award winning author K.J. Parker. We will be talking about Parker's new online project with Orbit, new novel with Subterranean and, of course, what it means to be K.J. Parker./ We've been waiting for this one for a while, and think it should be pretty special.Share | Comments
This has been a busy year for the Coode Street Podcast, talking to interesting guests, covering a wide-range of issues, and being syndicated by our friends at Tor.com. For a bit of change, Gary and Jonathan decided to sit down together and record an old-fashioned Coode Street Podcast, just two guys rambling about science fiction.
With Swancon 40, the 2015 Australian National Science Fiction Convention, in full swing Jonathan sat down with convention guest of honour John Scalzi and Twelfth Planet Press editor/publisher Alisa Krasnostein to discuss science fiction, community, Robert Heinlein, having just finished new novel The End of All Things and more!
This week Gary* is joined by award-winning author Ken Liu and Joe Monti, Executive Editor at Saga Press, to discuss Ken's exciting debut novel The Grace of Kings, his forthcoming collection The Paper Menagerie, and much more.
* Jonathan missed this episode due to illness.
If you have any interest in fantasy and music, then we thinkSignal to Noise is for you. It’s the best genre book about music that Jonathan has read since Lewis Shiner’s Glimpses.
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.
Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...
Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?
Silvia was a terrific guest and the conversation we recorded talks about the book in an interesting way that really complements reading the book. Consider picking up a copy of Silvia’s book. It’s Coode Street Recommended.