Episode 205: Ken Liu and Chinese Science Fiction

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).


We'd like to thank Ken for joining us in what proved to be an extremely interesting conversation. Next week: Canada! Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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Episode 204: Books we’re looking forward to, or the shopping list episode

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. 


Here's the list. These are books we'll be reading, discussing and possibly recommending in coming months.  
October 2014
  • 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)
November 2014
  • 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) 
December 2014
  • 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) 
February 2015
  • 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)
March 2015
  • Robson, Justina, The Glorious Angels, (Orion/Gollancz, tp)
  • Wilson, Robert Charles, The Affinities, (Tor, hc) 
 
April 2015
  • 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)
May 2015
  • 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)
Invitation:  As Gary and Jonathan mention on the episode, please feel free to add your own recommendations in comments here or at jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp
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Episode 203: Alisa Krasnostein, Sean Williams and the State of Australian SF

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.  

While there is always more that could be said about trends, particular publishers, or individual writers, a fairly-wide-reaching conversation did manage to cover a lot in a little over an hour.  The podcast also includes some recommendations for books we think you should check out if you're interested in current Australian SF.
As always, we would like to thank our guests Alisa and Sean for making the time to be on the podcast, and hope that you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
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Episode 202: Nina Allan, Paul Kincaid and the State of British Science Fiction

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?

Mentioned during the podcast, Gwyneth Jones's first new novel in six years, The Grasshopper's Child (now available from electronic retailers). Pick up a copy (it's cheap!) and discover or rediscover this marvelous writer.
As always, our thanks to our guests. We hope you enjoy the podcast.
*Correction: Martin Petto's name was spelled incorrectly in this post. Apologies for the error.
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Episode 201: Moving on…

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.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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Episode 200: Robinson, Silverberg, Walton and Loncon!

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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!

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Episode 199: Loncon, Hugos and the future of SF

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!). 

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. Next week: Episode 200!!!!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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