This week saw the publication of Margaret Atwood's new book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail.  We invited Ursula K. Le Guin to join us on the podcast to discuss Atwood, science fiction and her new book.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Note: As mentioned at the end of the podcast, this will be the last newly recorded episode until mid-November. The next three episodes will be interviews with Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, and Kim Stanley Robinson recorded in Reno at WorldCon.

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After a lot of discussion about buzz and best of the year matters, Gary and I wrench our attention away from such matters and move on to discuss the one true mission of science fiction, the matter of small presses in SF  (a little), and the new new new new new space opera.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

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As a continuation of our discussion on finding the best books of the year and understanding how buzz is generated, this week Gary and I turned to our reader's comments (both here and over at my blog) about buzz;  the New Wave and women in SF, and much more.  We also repeat our call for reader's to tell us about their best books of the year, which we hope to continue to discuss in coming months.  Listener Tansy Rayner Roberts has posted her terrific 'Best of the Year so far' list, and we'd like to see yours!

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This week Gary and I invited Ian Mond from The Writer and the Critic to join us to discuss recommending books and how buzz is generated around new or upcoming books each year.  We discuss the very welcome feedback we received on the subject before we began to ramble in earnest, going on to discuss currently overlooked writers like Thomas M. Disch, Michael Bishop and Zenna Henderson,  sport in science fiction and fantasy, the delicate balance between literature and science in hard SF, and many other things.  Gary and I would like to thank Ian for joining us, and I'd like to make it clear, personally, that I was only joking about Alisa and the knitting needles. Really :)

Some useful links following on from the podcast: Subterranean are publishing a best of Michael Bishop, and NESFA publish the collected 'People' stories by Zenna Henderson.

PS: I apologise.

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It doesn't feel like it, but the end of the science fiction year is not too far away, so Gary and I thought, in response to Ian Mond's of Writer and the Critic, that we'd discuss possible award-likely texts, how books get buzz, and much more.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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After a sojourn due to Father's Day, when we ran the very well received Jo Walton episode, Gary and I are are back on deck to discuss young adult science fiction, Ian McDonald, his new novel Planesrunner, Daryl Gregory and his new collection, robots and computerised houses, and a bit of waffle on the subject of Orson Scott Card and "Hamlet's Father". As always we hope you enjoy the podcast. See you next week!

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Gary and I travelled to Reno, Nevada to attend Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention for 2011.  Over the weekend we recorded a handful of podcasts with friends, old and new, that we see to seldom. We'll be publishing these over the coming month.  The first in the series is with Jo Walton, author of Among Others and Farthing, where we discussed that novel, science fiction, her Hugo blogging and many other things. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Last weekend Gary and I were in the slightly surreal space station environment of the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada for the World Science Fiction Convention, where we recorded upcoming podcasts with Ian McDonald, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jo Walton. This weekend we're home and discuss the con (briefly), vow to avoid discussing awards too much, look at the work of Caitlin R. Kiernan and discuss the use of language in SF. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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It looked, for a moment, that technical difficulties would prevent us getting this final pre-WorldCon podcast out to you, but we persevered, recording this one twice.  We discussed many things, including changing concepts of the field, books that we're reading and so on.  We'll be at WorldCon and look forward to meeting as many of you there as possible. We'll also be recording, and hope to get something online from there (though it's possible we might not). Hopefully we'll see you here next week. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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With WorldCon bearing down on us like a freight train, there is packing to be done, panel preparation to be considered, and travel details to be finalised. Despite all of that, Gary and I found a moment to record the latest episode.  As always, we hope you enjoy it!

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We've experienced some difficulties with episode 61, so we're republishing it. Our apologies for the problem.

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In 1975 Peter Nichols, John Clute and Brian Stableford launched a project that would ultimately last for more than thirty six years, exceed four million words of careful scholarship, occupy at least three publishers, win many awards, and be recognised as the most important reference work in the science fiction: The Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

This week encyclopedist, writer, editor, and critic John Clute joined Gary and I to discuss the coming September launch of the third edition of the SFE, the history of the project, and the exciting SF Gateway project which is being launched by Gollancz at around the same time.

As always, we'd like to thank John for joining us, and hope you enjoy the podcast!

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As the weather in Perth turns cooler, and presumably as Spring prepares to give way to Summer in Chicago, Gary Wolfe and I once again take the chance to ramble on all subjects SFnal. This morning Gary was just home from a local convention and we discussed Marion Zimmer Bradley, art vs. craft, Robert Silverberg, and gender in genre.  A pretty typical day on Coode St. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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After a long week, and a flight home from Seattle for Gary we were back in the pod this morning where we discussed what people feel awards are for and how we react to them, how the year in science fiction and fantasy is going so far, Osama by Lavie Tidhar, and The Essential Lucy Sussex. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

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Roving reporter Gary K. Wolfe checked in live from Seattle, where he and many of SF's glitterati are gathered for the annual Locus Awards and the SF Hall of Fame, to discuss the Hall of Fame, the death of the paperback market and how it affected the SF field, first novelists and new writers, and a little more. We were joined by Greg Bear (who sadly had to leave half way through) and Terry Bisson.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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This week Gary's on the road again, traveling to the East Coast to attend the HWA's Stoker Awards weekend. He persuaded Ellen Datlow and Peter Straub to join us on the podcast to discuss horror, genre boundaries and related topics.

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With Gary home from his ICFA board meeting in Florida and Wiscon, we sat down to discuss cyberpunk, the 'movement and radical hard SF, Steampunk!, first novels and a few other things. No awards were mentioned in the recording of this podcast.

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Last weekend Gary traveled to Madison, Wisconsin - home of Wiscon - where in amongst fine dinners and even finer conversation he managed to find time to ask Eileen Gunn, Ellen Klages and Geoff Ryman to join us on the podcast to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Tiptree Awards, Wiscon, the value of short fiction, and other things. Many, many thanks to Eileen, Ellen and Geoff for joining us. We hope you enjoy it, as always, and will see you next week!

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Last weekend Crawford Award-winning novelist Karen Lord joined Gary and I live from an undisclosed location in the Caribbean (well, when we say 'undisclosed' a LOT of frogs and just a few motorcycles seemed to know just where Karen was at the time) to discuss the impact of cultural perceptions on fantasy, her novel Redemption in Indigo, and a handful of other things. We experienced a few recording dropouts (for which we apologise), but Skype struggled to link Perth, Chicago and the Caribbean and did its very best. We hope you enjoy the podcast as much as we enjoyed recording it.

As to this coming weekend, well Gary's at Wiscon so we have some plans for coming weeks that we think should be a lot of fun. See you then!

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This morning (Perth time) the Science Fiction Writers of America gathered in Washington DC to present the Nebula Awards.  The ceremony was videocast (see it here)  and the winners were announced to festive celebration (results are here).

In the immediate aftermath Gary and I asked Locus editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi to join us in the pod to discuss the Nebulas, the winners, what happened to the Grand Master award, and other fun stuff. We hope you enjoy it, as always!

I should also report that this was one of two podcasts we recorded this weekend. In the other one, likely published next weekend, we chatted with the wonderful Karen Lord about all sorts of interesting stuff. See you then!

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