wfas.jpgWith nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards closing shortly, Jonathan and Gary headed to the Gershwin Room to discuss nominating for the Hugos, the recent proposal to change the name of the young adult (not a Hugo) award and to discuss at length their respective nominees for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards. 

Towards the end of the podcast, Jonathan and Gary became aware of the sad news that Kate Wilhelm had died, and spend some time remembering one of the most important SF and mystery writers of the 20th century.

We don't usually get to this, but in a rare moment of organisation, we're providing a combined copy of Jonathan and Gary's draft World Fantasy ballots below. These will change (they're drafts) but it may serve as a useful pointer to some good reading etc.

As always we hope you enjoy the episode. More next week!


World Fantasy Awards 2018

Life Achievement

  1. Gardner Dozois
  2. Howard Waldrop


  1. Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley (Saga)
  2. Wintertide, Ruthanna Emrys (
  3. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  4. A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan; Amulet)
  5. The River Bank, Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
  6. The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin)
  7. The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel and Grau)
  8. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Fickling UK)


Long Fiction

  1. The Twilight Pariah, Jeffrey Ford ( Publishing)
  2. Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones ( Publishing)
  3. Agents of Dreamland, Caitlín R. Kiernan ( Publishing)
  4. Passing Strange, Ellen Klages ( Publishing)
  5. Mightier than the Sword, K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
  6. The Process is a Process (All its Own), Peter Straub (Subterranean)


Short Fiction

  1. “Probably Still the Chosen One“, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17)
  2. "This is Our Town", John Crowley (Totalitopia)
  3. “Come See the Living Dryad“, Theodora Goss ( 3/9/17)
  4. “The Faerie Tree“, Kathleen Kayembe (Lightspeed 11/17)
  5. “The Smoke of Gold Is Glory“, Scott Lynch (The Book of Swords)
  6. "The Resident", Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties)
  7. "Sidewalks", Maureen F. McHugh (Omni)
  8. “Carnival Nine“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)
  9. "The Lamentation of Their Women", Kai Ashante Wllson (



  1. The New Voices of Fantasy, Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman eds (Tachyon)
  2. Black Feathers, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Pegasus)
  3. Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Ellen Datlow ed. (Tor)
  4. The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; HarperCollins UK)
  5. The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, eds. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)



  1. You Should Come With Me Now, M. John Harrison (Comma)
  2. Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  3. Wicked Wonders, Ellen Klages (Tachyon)
  4. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
  5. Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers, Tim Powers (Baen)
  6. Tender: Stories, Sofia Samata (Small Beer)
  7. The Emerald Circus and Other Stories, Jane Yolen (Tachyon)



  1. Rovina Cai
  2. Kathleen Jennings
  3. Gregory Manchess
  4. Victo Ngai
  5. Omar Rayyan


Special Award, Professional

  1. Irene Gallo, for Publishing
  2. Joe Monti and Navah Wolfe for editing Saga Press
  3. Jonathan Oliver for editing at Solaris
  4. The Locus Publications editorial team for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields


Special Award, Non-professional

  1. Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies



her-body-and-other-parties.jpgWhen Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was shortlisted for the National Book Award it went to the top of everybody's "to read" piles. A smart, sensitive and thoughtful look at issues to do with sex, gender, violence and horror, it proved to be one of the very best books of 2017, and one that's sure to hold everyone's attention through 2018.

This week Carmen was kind enough to join Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss her work, her reading and writing life, and much more.  Our thanks to Carmen for making the time to talk to us. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode.


Every year Gary and Jonathan sit down and start talking about "awards season", a short period in the science fiction year that runs from February to November where we take time out to recognise all of the excellent work published in the preceding year.   This year they're getting to the job late, having already missed the announcement of the Crawford, the BSFA, and the Stoker ballots. Still, just in the nick of time, they take a moment to discuss possible 2018 Hugo Awards nominees, or at least possible fiction nominees, along with some encouragement for listeners to read, watch, and listen widely, and then nominate what they loved.





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This week, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we are joined by two authors whose own recent works celebrate that classic work. 

John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus will be published in February, combining characters from Shelley’s classic and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, while Theodora Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, featuring a number of classic characters from 19th century fantastic fiction—including Frankenstein’s “daughter”--will be joined by its sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman in July; both are part of her series "The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.”

We touch upon Shelley’s work, the problems of writing narratives that exist within the spaces of earlier novels, whether or not Frankenstein was really the first science fiction novel, and—briefly—on the debt we all own to Ursula K. Le Guin after her passing earlier in the week.

As always, our thanks to our guests, Dora and John. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!


Six years ago Gary Wolfe and I were privileged enough to get to chat with Ursula K. Le Guin about science fiction. The reason for the discussion was Margaret Atwood's book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail. It is a marvellous discussion and one we thought we'd repost, given the sad news of Ursula's death today.


Normal service resumes with a rambly episode after last week's chat with Jane Yolen. Having decided what they were going to discuss beforehand, Gary and Jonathan immediately head off and start discussing something else altogether! It's a ramble, it's a chat, it's very much business as usual.

Topics discussed this week include novellas, Kelly Robson's "Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach", the persistence of fairy tales in modern fantasy, and the new anthology Robots v. Fairies.  The frankly dodgy Western Australian internet connection didn't quite hold out until the end, so the chat ends a little short, though complete.  

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. Next week: John Kessel and Theodora Goss are scheduled to discuss their new novels and the fascination with Frankenstein.


MappingTheBones_FinalArtRev.jpgThe Coode Street Podcast returns for 2018 with a very special opening episode. Today Gary and Jonathan sat down to talk with SFWA Grand Master, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipient, and Nebula Award winner Jane Yolen to talk to her about her life as a storyteller, her new collection The Emerald Circus, her forthcoming Holocaust novel Mapping the Bones, and what it means to have multiple careers as an author of children’s picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, SF and fantasy, and poetry.

As always, we would like to thank Jane for taking the time to talk to us and hope you enjoy the episode. We'll be back next week with more!


In the brief hiatus between Christmas and New Year, a final episode for 2018. Jonathan and Gary take a moment to sit down in the Gershwin Room and discuss the books they're looking forward to in 2018, a range of novels, novellas, collections, and anthologies that should interest any genre reader. Of course, to find out what they recommend you'll need to listen to the episode!

Normal service will resume in the second week of January, but until then sincere thanks to everyone who has appeared on the Coode Street Podcast, contributed to it in any way, and special thanks to everyone who has listened in, either live in Helsinki or to any of our regular episodes.  May the rest of the holidays treat you well, and may 2018 be a safe, happy, and healthy year for you and yours.



After our longest break ever, the Coode Street Podcast returns to regular programming with a discussion of the year in review. Gary and Jonathan discuss their favourite novels, collections, anthologies, novellas, and nonfiction books of 2017, and end up sounding pretty optimistic about the year.

As always, we hope you enjoy today's episode. We'll see you next week!


This week we are joined by Chesley and World Fantasy Award-winning designer, art director, editor and publisher Irene Gallo to discuss how she came to join Tor Books back in the 1990s, her career as an art director, her role in helping to establish, and her work as Associate Publisher at Publishing.

As always, we'd like to thank Irene for taking the time to talk to us and hope you enjoy the episode. See you in  while!


2017 and out!

October completely got away from us and we're about to move into our extended hiatus period, so we thought we'd update you on what you can expect from the Coode Street Podcast for the remainder of 2017. 

At the moment our plan is to record a new episode this coming weekend with the fabulous Irene Gallo of Publishing. If that happens as planned, the next episode of Coode Street will be with you by 29 October. The following weekend is World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Gary will be attending and may record some episodes. If he does, those will come out during November. 

Jonathan has a book to complete and deliver on 15 December. Assuming that happens on time, there should be a final 2017 episode during the week of 18 December. We'll then be on hiatus until mid-January.  As to 2018, we don't quite know yet. There'll be episodes. There may be a schedule. There may even be a Patreon. Who knows. More soon.

akata.jpgThis week we’re joined by the fabulous Nnedi Okorafor, whose Akata Warrior (sequel to Akata Witch) will be published next week, and whose Binti: The Night Masquerade (concluding her award-winning Binti trilogy of novellas) is due in January. We discuss not only these books, but the ongoing excitement about the possible TV adaptation of Who Fears Death?, the forthcoming novel Remote Control, the growing awareness of African and Naijamerican SF and fantasy, her work in comics and graphic novels, her Star Wars short story, and the problems of juggling academic work with writing. Nnedi is one of the busiest writers in the field these days, and her insights, as always, are fascinating.


This week, we are joined by distinguished critics Niall Harrison, late of Strange Horizons, and Liz Bourke, whose latest collection of reviews and essays is Sleeping With Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Aqueduct), to discuss the debut novels of 2017 that we’re all excited or curious about. Here are some of the titles that come up in the discussion:

  • Annalee Newitz, Autonomous
  • Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
  • Karin Tidbeck, Amatka
  • Robyn Bennis, The Guns Above
  • Lara Elena Donnelly, Amberlough
  • Ruthanna Emrys, Winter Tide
  • Cat Sparks, Lotus Blue
  • Nicky Drayden, The Prey of Gods
  • Marek Sindelka, Aberrant
  • Prayaag Akbar, Leila
  • Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts
  • Megan Hunter, The End We Start From
  • Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  • Christopher Brown, Tropic of Kansas
  • Sam Miller, The Art of Starving
  • N.J. Campbell, Found Audio

There's a long list of debuts with links to reviews and ordering here.

 Here are specific recommendations and shout-outs from Liz and Niall:

Liz Bourke

  • The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis (Tor)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (HarperVoyager)
  • Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Talos)
  • Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw (Orbit US)
  • Gods & Monsters: Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw (Rebellion/Abaddon US)
  • The Tiger’s Daughter, K Arsenault Rivera (Tor)
  • Barbary Station, R. E. Stearns (Saga)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)

Niall Harrison

Books that I have read and recommend:

  • Leila by Prayaag Akbar (Simon & Schuster India)
  • Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfar (Sceptre)
  • Aberrant, Marek Šindelka (Twisted Spoon Press)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage)

Books that I am particularly keen to read that other people did not
mention (i.e. excluding Goss, Newitz, Brown):

  • An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (Akashic Books)
  • American War, Omar Al Akkad (Picador)
  • An Excess Male,  Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager)

A first fantastic novel rather than first novel, but excellent:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Penguin)

Not a novel at all, but a notable debut:

  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

As always, our thanks to Liz and Niall. 



Autonomous, Annalee NewitzAnnalee Newitz, who writes on the cultural impact of science and technology for Ars Technica and who founded and edited, delivers her debut novel Autonomous this month.

Annalee joined Gary and Jonathan in Helsinki, Finland where they were all attending WorldCon 75, to discuss Autonomous, science fiction, and the power of being able to tell stories about how science influences the world.

As always,Gary and Jonathan would like to thank Annalee for joining us, and hope you enjoy the podcast.


35083306.jpgThis week Gary and Jonathan are joined by long-time friend of the podcast, Jeffrey Ford. Jeff is the winner of the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards and has published eight novels, six short story collections and more than 130 short stories. His most recent book is Shirley Jackon Award winner A Natural History of Hell. Just out is new short novel, The Twilight Pariah. He joins us to discuss his writing, genre and his first new novel in ten years, Ahab's Return, or The Last Voyage.

As always we'd like to thank Jeff for making the time to join us. We'd also like to apologise, this time out, for some technical issues which affect the sound quality of this episode, especially in the first half. We think it's worth persevering with, though.  Next week: Annalee Newitz discusses Autonomous.


After a long and mostly unplanned hiatus, we're back! We travelled to Helsinki, Finland to attend WorldCon75, and then spent time travelling and not thinking about podcasting very much at all. Still, all holidays must come to an end, and so we headed back up to the Gershwin Room one more time to discuss WorldCon, the Hugo Awards, and the merits of developing a list of books for a Fantasy 101 type course (inspired by a question from Theodora Goss).

As you can imagine, we talk, we disagree, there's rambling and Coode St is pretty much as it always is. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!


And now for something special! During the recent WorldCon, held in Helsinki, Finland, Gary and Jonathan took to the stage to talk to WorldCon guest of honor Walter Jon Williams and Campbell Award nominee Kelly Robson to discuss Walter's career and his new novel, Quillifer.

During recording we were fortunate enough to be able to give away copies of Quillifer to lucky convention attendees thanks to the generosity of Saga Press. We were a little limited by time (panels lasted exactly 45 minutes in Helsinki) but the conversation flowed and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Our special thanks to Walter Jon, to Kelly, and to the tech team at WorldCon 75 for making this possible. 


When can you expect to hear The Coode Street Podcast during the second half of 2017? Well, that’s complicated. We typically record episodes of the podcast when we both are at home, or when one of us is at convention and we can use hotel wi-fi to connect and record. We also try to keep the podcast current, so we don’t have episodes stockpiled.

Given that Gary will be attending Readercon 28 (13-17 July) and we both will be attending WorldCon 75 (9-13 August) and traveling in Europe, there will be some breaks. At the moment we intend to have new episodes:

July 9
July 16 (depending on wi-fi etc)
July 23

We will then be on a hiatus from July 23 till August 3.

Normal weekly scheduling should resume and run through till November 19. We will then be on hiatus from November 20 until January 26. This long break is due to me working on my year’s best anthology and our shared commitment to working for Locus. Oh, and Christmas.

We plan to record some additional episodes during WorldCon that will be released during our hiatus.

We were away! We came back! We missed you! After an unexpected four week hiatus, and with another four week hiatus coming up, Gary and Jonathan took some time to catch up with one another, discuss what they'd both been reading lately, consider the XPrize fiction projection Seat 14C, and have a chat about the best books of the year they've read so far. A lot for a chat a little under an hour, but rambling will get them there.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. We will be back next week with more!


Gary and Jonathan are back with a rambling conversation that touches on epic fantasy and its relationship to privilege, the recently announced Campbell Award ballot, Gary's theory on perspective, recent books they've read and more. They also discuss hiatuses, missed episodes and how to subscribe to the podcast.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!  


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