The Coode Street Podcast

Discussion and digression on science fiction and fantasy with Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.

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Monday Mar 06, 2023

This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by World Fantasy and Newbery Award winner Kelly Barnhill, whose When Women Were Dragons was one of last year’s outstanding fantasy novels. We talk about her just-published The Crane Husband, which powerfully combines aspects of the classic fairy tale, science fiction, horror, and coming-of-age tale. We touch upon mixing genres, writing while raising a family, making up disposable fairytales, how stories involve both the forebrain and the hindbrain, and reading Terry Pratchett.

Sunday Feb 19, 2023

We are always casting around for inspiration. After getting ChatGPT to provide a new introduction for the podcast, Gary and Jonathan kick off a discussion about the health of the short fiction field, the scope and variety of short story collections due to be published in 2023, and share some (okay, many) thoughts on the history of short fiction collections in the science fiction field.  
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We'll see you again in two weeks.

Sunday Feb 05, 2023

This week, in our more-or-less annual discussion of the Locus Recommended Reading List, we are delighted to be joined by Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi.
We talk about the purpose of the list, how it has changed over the years, how books or stories get on the list, and a few thorny questions about how to decide whether a novel is SF or fantasy if it contains substantial elements of both. In addition to mentioning some of our own favourite works of the year, we touch upon the importance of the First Novels list, which might be a harbinger of what’s to come, and how story collections and YA novels have grown in importance over the years.
As always, our thanks to Liza and we hope you enjoy the episode.

Sunday Jan 22, 2023

It's not been that long since they last discussed it, but this week Jonathan and Gary return to the question of space opera, new space opera, and what contemporary SF authors might make of the concept.
Is space opera the core narrative of SF, as Jonathan suggests, or only one of them? What are its essential characteristics? Has the greater diversity of SF over the last decade changed its basic form? It seems that when the term was first coined, it clearly referred to pulp adventure tales that we popular in the 1930s. But later versions have questioned the assumptions of those old chestnuts, redefining the form for each generation.
How, for example, do current writers like Arkady Martine, Charlie Jane Anders, and Emily Tesh make use of the form? We definitely don’t settle any of these questions, but we’ll probably keep trying.

Sunday Jan 08, 2023

To kick off 2023, Jonathan and Gary share their lists of the books that they’re looking forward to reading in 2023.
They mention a lot of forthcoming titles, ranging books from old masters like Peter S. Beagle, Howard Waldrop, Joanna Russ, Gene Wolfe, and Connie Willis to newer writers like Samit Basu, Vajra Chandrasekera, Alix E. Harrow, Emily Tesh, and Premee Mohamed, as well as essential collections from Kelly Link, E. Lily Yu, Joanna Russ, K.J. Parker, Sarah Pinsker, and others.
The team also cheerfully acknowledge that the year will undoubtedly present us with some complete surprises and that we will be reading fantastic work from authors we haven’t even heard of yet. The field seems as lively and promising as ever!
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Books mentioned in the podcast include:
Blade of Dream, Daniel Abraham
Conquest, Nina Allan
The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport, Samit Basu
The Saint of Bright Doors, Vajra Chandrasekera
Furious Heaven, Kate Elliott
The Landing, Mary Gentle
Menewood, Nicola Griffith
Starling House, Alix E. Harrow
The Water Outlaws, S.L. Huang
Thornhedge, T. Kingfisher
The Deep Sky, Yume Kitasei
Translation State, Ann Leckie
White Cat, Black Dog, Kelly Link (collection)
The Blue Beautiful World, Karen Lord
Hopeland, Ian McDonald
No One Will Come Back For Us and Other Stories, Premee Mohamed (collection)
The Sinister Booksellers of Bath, Garth Nix
Jackal, Jackal: Tales of the Dark and Fantastic, Tobi Ogundiran (collection)
Under My Skin, K.J. Parker (collection)
He Who Drowned the World, Shelley Parker-Chan
Lost Places, Sarah Pinsker (collection)
Machine Vendetta, Alastair Reynolds
The Navigating Fox, Christopher Rowe
Joanna Russ: Novels and Stories, Joanna Russ (collection)
Him, Geoff Ryman
New Suns 2, Nishi Shawl ed.
Ghost Engine, Charles Stross
Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon, Wole Talabi
Some Desperate Glory, Emily Tesh
System Collapse, Martha Wells
The Road to Roswell, Connie Willis
The Wolfe at the Door, Gene Wolfe (collection)
Jewel Box, E. Lily Yu (collection)

Saturday Dec 24, 2022

There's Christmas and then there's Krampus. Here at Coode Street, there's nothing quite like a little bit more, and as a very special holiday bonus Gary sat down with the wonderful M. Rickert to talk about what she'd been reading, what she'd recommend, and her fabulous Krampus tale, Lucky Girl, one of our favourites and perfect for a cold, winter's night.
As always, our thanks to Mary and hope you enjoy the episode.

Saturday Dec 24, 2022

And that's a wrap. Time to hang up the headphones and take a short break. The Coode Street Podcast is going on hiatus for the remainder of 2022 and will return early in 2023.
Just before the Gershwin Room closes for the holidays, though, Gary and Jonathan take a moment to chat about the Advent Calendar, the year just gone, and more.
Doing something like the podcast is a joy and a privilege, so Gary and Jonathan would like to thank everyone who has appeared on the podcast, everyone who has listened to it, and everyone who has supported it in any way.
We'd also like to thank everyone who has appeared on the podcast this year and everyone who has taken the time to listen. It's a privilege to do this, and we're grateful. See you next year!

Saturday Dec 24, 2022

And so we come to the final episode of the 2022 Coode Street Advent Calendar. Gary sits down to chat with a dear friend of the podcast, Elizabeth Hand, about what she's been reading, what she'd recommend, her holiday recommendations, her own classic Christmas story, "Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol", and her fabulous new novel Hokolua Road.
We'd like to thank Liz for making the time to chat with us, and we hope you enjoy the episode.

Friday Dec 23, 2022

Way back in March 2020 we sat down with N.K. Jemisin to talk about her then-new fantasy novel, The City We Became. It was great. Then we had a whole pandemic, so we thought we'd check in to see how things are going. The holidays are literally upon us and Jonathan and Nora chat about what she's been reading, what she'd recommend, and the sequel to that 2020 novel, The World We Make.
As always, our thanks to Nora. We hope you enjoy the episode.

Thursday Dec 22, 2022

We spoke with Tochi Onyebuchi back in 2020 as part of "Ten Minutes with...", when his award-winning novella Riot Baby was still new in the world. Since then Tochi's been busy but has still managed to deliver another incredible novel, this time Goliath.
Today Jonathan and Tochi discuss what he's been reading, what he'd recommend, his holiday reads, and what he's been working on.
As always, our thanks to Tochi. We hope you enjoy the episode.

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