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.
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.
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!Share | Comments
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.
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.
This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by the wonderful Genevieve Valentine who talks intelligently, coherently and very interestingly about television, film, her latest novel The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, writing for comics and her extended run with Catwoman, and a lot, lot more.
We went to Washington DC to celebrate the 40th World Fantasy Convention and came back to the first books and stories of 2014. As long-time listeners know, this is the time when the season turns, when work beings on summing up the year we've had, and when the old year ends and the new one begins. This episode, with brief and incoherent gift guide, is the beginning of the end of 2014.
This past weekend the World Fantasy Convention was held in Arlington, Virginia. As part of the festivities, the Coode Street Podcast team produced the second ever "live" Coode Street Podcast. This time the wonderful Caitlin R. Kiernan and Peter Straub joined Jonathan and Gary to discuss:
The Literary Uses of FantasyPanelists: Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. KiernanDescription: The Coode Street Podcast discusses the literary uses of fantasy with Peter Straub and other special guests. Why do writers clearly capable of realistic, character-driven stories choose to introduce fantastic elements, some of them extreme, into their stories? What does the fantasy enable them to do that the more realistic narrative doesn’t?
The podcast went very well, and we're happy that it's now ready for you. We would like to sincerely thank Caitlin and Peter for making the time available to be part of the podcast again, and the team at WFC2014 for helping us organise and record the episode. It was deeply appreciated.
This week Hugo Award winning author of the God's War Trilogy Kameron Hurley joins Gary and Jonathan to discuss her new novel The Mirror Empire, winning the Hugo Award, social media, and writing SF/F in the 21st Century.
In recent weeks Coode Street has discussed the national SF scenes in the United Kimgdom, Australia and China. This week we are joined by Peter Halasz and Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Robert J Sawyer, both long-standing advocates of Canadian science fiction, to discuss what's happening in SF/F north of the US border.
Following on from our recent conversations about British and Australian Science Fiction, this week we invited Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning author and translator Ken Liu to join us to discuss translating fiction, his experiences with Chinese SF and his forthcoming translation of Liu Cixin's The Three Body Problem (which Gary officially has recommended as a Coode Street Recommended Book).
This week Gary and Jonathan, aware that the Festive Season and more are in front of us all, sit down with the most recent 'Forthcoming Books' issue of Locus and do their best to assemble a quick, on-the-fly list of books we're looking forward to from October through to May next year. As Gary and Jonathan both say on the podcast, the list has been quickly assembled and certainly misses many worthwhile books. Still, it's a start.
- Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Doubt Factory, (Little, Brown, nvl-ya, hc)
- Bear, Greg, War Dogs, (Orbit US, hc)
- Carroll, Jonathan, Bathing the Lion, (St. Martin's, hc)
- Gibson, William, The Peripheral, (Penguin/Putnam, hc)
- Leckie, Ann, Ancillary Sword, (Orbit US, tp)
- Newman, Kim, The English Ghost Story, (Titan, tp)
- Nix, Garth, Clariel, (Hot Key Books, nvl-ya, hc)
- Baxter, Stephen, Ultima, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
- Herbert, Frank, Frank Herbert: Collected Stories, (Tor, cln, hc)
- Sherman, Delia, Young Woman in a Garden, (Small Beer Press, cln, tp)
- Williams, Sean, Crashland, (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, hc)
- Ellison, Harlan, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, (Subterranean Press/Edgeworks Abbey, hc) January 2015
- Morrow, James Galapagos Regained (St Martins, hc)
- Walton, Jo, The Just City, (Tor, hc)
- Abercrombie, Joe, Half the World, (Ballantine Del Rey, hc)
- Gaiman, Neil, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries •(HarperCollins/Morrow, cln, tp)
- Link, Kelly, Get in Trouble, (Random House, cln, hc)
- McAuley, Paul, Something Coming Through, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
- Park, Paul, Other Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Robson, Justina, The Glorious Angels, (Orion/Gollancz, tp)
- Wilson, Robert Charles, The Affinities, (Tor, hc)
- Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Water Knife, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
- Baxter, Stephen, Remembrance: A Xeelee Collection, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Bray, Libba, Lair of Dreams, (Little, Brown UK/Atom, hc)
- Liu, Ken, The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty) (Saga, hc)
- McDonald, Ian, Mars Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- McDonald, Ian, Only the Best of Ian McDonald, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Ashby, Madeline, Company Town, (Angry Robot US, tp)
- Blaylock, James P., Beneath London, (Titan, tp)
- Okorafor, Nnedi, The Book of Phoenix, (DAW, hc)
- Rajaniemi, Hannu, Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, (Tachyon Publications, cln, hc)
- Robinson, Kim Stanley, Aurora, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
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.