This year has thrown everyone for a loop. We were all supposed to travel, to have jobs to go to, to see one another, to not be sick or scared or just weary of the world -- so many things should have been different. But this is 2020 - the year that keeps on giving - and we can only live in the world we have.

When COVID hit, without much, thought, Coode Street launched what was to become the Ten Minutes with... series of short podcasts - a daily series of 104 episodes where Gary and Jonathan individually talked to readers, writers, and editors from around the world about what they were reading, what they would recommend to other readers, and what they were working on. It stretched from March 29 to 16 July and people seemed to enjoy it, find a bit of distraction daily. We did too, but we needed a break.

What we realised during the break was that doing those episodes was - at least for Jonathan - helping cope with everything. A welcome distraction and engagement, so we're bringing them back. Starting Monday, 10 August (Perth time) Coode Street will return to daily publication of the Ten Minutes with... series for the foreseeable future. We didn't say we'd do a hundred episodes when we started the first time and we're not saying that now, but we wouldn't be surprised.

The first episodes will be:

  • Brooke Bolander (Monday 10/8)
  • Daniel Abraham (Tues 11/8)
  • AT Greenblatt (Wed 12/8)
  • Molly Gloss (Thurs 12/8)
  • Alec Nevala-Lee (Fri 13/8)

We will be talking to Amal El-Mohtar, Arkady Martine,  Sarah Gailey, and R F Kuang soon. After that,  who knows where the podcast will take us. Join us to find out.

You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, or download episodes directly from Podbean.

Well, without really planning it, we had a bit of a hiatus. It seems like recording over a hundred episodes in a row left us - or at least Jonathan - with the need for a little break, but we're back! We think.

 

With the Virtual ConZealand not quite over, Gary and Jonathan sit down to talk awards, congratulate the award-winners, talk about inclusiveness and the need for a fresher take on the genre, thank the ConZealand team and shout out to coming conventions, and more. Oh, and thank the World Fantasy Awards for a very unexpected nomination! Thank you!

 

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. We should be back soon with more!

 

Hey everyone! The team behind THE BOOK OF DRAGONS including Coode Street's Jonathan Strahan is doing an AMA on the fantasy subreddit.

 

It's time to talk about dragons! What's your favourite dragon book or story? Your favourite dragon. Swinging by and chat with me at 9.00AM EST and then hang around or check back in to ask the storytellers behind the book anything about dragons or whatever!

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/hyoj2r/were_the_book_of_dragons_team_ask_us_anything/

 

A bunch of writers are going to pop by. Daniel Abraham, Beth Cato, Kate Elliott, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nx, and others are going to pop in during the day to answer your questions, and we'll definitely be here at these times!

 

9.00AM EST Jonathan Strahan
10.00AM EST JY Yang
11.00AM EST  Ken Liu
12.00AM EST  Elle Katherine White
2.00PM EST Jo Walton
3.00PM EST  CSE Cooney
4.00PM EST Ellen Klages
5.30PM EST Jonathan Strahan 

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today Jonathan spends ten minutes or so chatting with Sarah Monette about living and writing during the pandemic, her alter ego Katherine Addison, the comforts of immersive reading and true crime, and the recurring attraction of the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the world of his famous detective.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today Jonathan spends ten minutes or so calling up Orange Country, California to talk to World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award winner James P. Blaylock about reading and writing during these strange times, the allure of crime novels, what's up with Langdon St Ives, his new novel-in-progress, and a lot more.

Books mentioned include:

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Hey everyone. We've published a new episode of Coode Street every day since the end of March, which means 100+ new 10 minute and full-length episodes. We hope you enjoyed them! We certainly did and we're not stopping, though we are rejigging the schedule (as we've mentioned). We'll keep with our usual two-weekly hour-long episodes and will publish shorter episodes two or three times per week.

The new schedule starts this week, which means no new episode today. We will be back tomorrow with James P. Blaylock and Sarah Monette will be here a little later in the week, so we will see you again very soon.

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

With the Ten Minutes with... series complete as a daily thing, Jonathan fires up the computer and calls Hugo and Shirley Jackson award winner Peter Watts to discuss how this apocalypse is only a tiny taste of the real thing, how he's coping with working and reading right now, Jevon's Paradox, the value of depressive realism, and a lot more.

Books mentioned include:

 

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

One of England’s finest novelists, M. John Harrison, talks with Gary about the paradoxical insights of the poet Charles Simic, the essays of Olivia Laing, the early John le Carré novels, and his own new novel and forthcoming story collection.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Legendary Grand Master Jane Yolen shares with Gary some delightful personal news, as well as her advice to aspiring authors on how the lockdown can be seen as a gift to writers, the pleasures of "munchie" writing like Cat Valente or Gregory Maguire, the short stories of Theodora Goss, and Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mysteries.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Gary spends a few minutes with Jack Skillingstead and 2021 WorldCon Guest of Honor Nancy Kress talking about reading science; Jane Austen, Star Trek, and the comforts of an orderly world; the appeal of Hollywood biographies; and revisiting old favorites like Philip K. Dick, Robert Bloch, and Roger Zelazny.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner Kij Johnson joins Gary to talk about learning to keep focused during odd times, taking comfort in Defoe, Laurence Sterne, and horror stories, and the perks of doing historical research for a novel-in-progress set in the American Midwest in 1913, and how her "Apartment Dweller’s Guide" series of stories really needs to be a book.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today is Day 97 of ten minutes with ... and as the end approaches Jonathan is spending ten minutes or so talking with Nebula Award winner Alaya Dawn Johnson about reading and working during these strange times, moving to a new environment, the challenges in writing novels at all, and her powerful new novel, Trouble the Saints. 

Books mentioned include:

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We'd like your opinion! We've been publishing new episodes of the Coode Street Podcast  - a solid handful of 1hr episodes and 96 episodes of Ten Minutes With... so far and we'd like to know what you would like to see us do when we hit the 100 mark. 

So, allowing we'll probably do what we want to do anyway, a poll.   We'd be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes and head over and let us know what you'd like us to do next.

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today Jonathan spends ten minutes or so talking to exciting debut novelist Premee Mohamed about reading, writing, and working during the pandemic; the work of Alan Moore, Umberto Eco, and Amitav Ghosh; the experience of publishing her debut novel in 2020; and how it was to effectively collaborate with her younger self on Beneath the Rising and writing A Broken Darkness.

Books mentioned include:

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Well, it's time to head back to the socially distanced Gershwin Rooms in the geographically distanced Coode Street Motels Six for Gary and Jonathan to spend an hour or so talking about science fiction and the world. Today conversation starts with a continuation of the idea that this is a Golden Age of science fiction, what characteristics might make up that age, whether you can identify great works of 21st Century SF, new work by M. John Harrison,Hugo voting opening online, and much more. 

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today Jonathan spends twenty minutes with the bestselling creator of Osten Ard, Tad Williams, discussing living and working during the pandemic; researching archaeology, science, and neolithic England; the work of Hilary Mantel and the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall,  and his own forthcoming work, including a new Osten Ard short novel.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

And now for something completely different. During the Ten Minutes with ... series we've talked to writers, editors, artists, agents and publishers. Today a conversation -- with apologies for a little patchy audio -- with two booksellers who bring a similar attitude to what appear to be different sides of the bookselling game. Stefen Brazulaitis is an award-winning bookseller and owner/proprietor of the respected independent Perth bookstore, Stefen's Books, while Tim Thomas is the owner/franchisee of Dymock's Books in Subiaco. Both love books, both are genuinely passionate about selling books, both have wonderful but different bookstores, and both have different stories to tell. 

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Hugo and Nebula Winning author and artist Ursula Vernon, along with her alter ego for adult readers T. Kingfisher, chats with Gary about the comfort of reading historical romances and horror fiction that doesn’t seem too close to home, the classic fantasy of Robin McKinley and Terri Windling, and the sometimes arbitrary distinctions between adult and kids’ literature, especially given the occasional disconnect between who buys the latter and who reads it.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Nebula winner and recent Worldcon Guest of Honor Walter Jon Williams talks with Gary about hiding from COVID and the sun in rural New Mexico, a rare science fiction novel that deals with elder care, the appeal of E.R. Eddison and other pre-Tolkien fantasies, the hardboiled fiction of David Goodis, researching on Wikipedia, and the next book in his Praxis space opera series.

Books mentioned include:

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Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.

Today Jonathan spends ten minutes or so chatting with Derek Künsken about how he's been dealing with these strange and difficult times, what he's been reading and would recommend, the fiction of R. Scott Bakker and Isaac Asimov, an enormous X-Men re-read, some terrific recent comics, and more.

Books mentioned include:

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