I'm back from Swancon, Gary's grading papers in Chicago, and it's a typical Friday evening/Saturday morning at Coode Street. This weekend we talk (for a long time!!!) about the sad news that Joanna Russ has died, Swancon, and lots and lots about awards (all sorts of awards). As always, we hope you enjoy it!
Fighting the flu, and with Swancon just around the corner, I got Gary on the line to discuss small presses, Geoff Ryman and The Child Garden, new Joan Aiken, Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch, and some other things. Rambling conversation ensued...
In last week's episode Gary and I discussed the work of the late Diana Wynne Jones. Our discussion raised comments from several people that we'd not done justice to Jones, and so we invited Farah Mendlesohn (author of Diana Wynne Jones: Children's Literature and the Fantastic Tradition) and author and critic Tansy Rayner Roberts to join us to discuss Jones' work, legacy and place in the science fiction and fantasy field. We'd like to thank both of them for joining us in the pod.
Well, the world turned upside down. For scheduling reasons we recorded at a new time, so it was morning in Chicago and late in the evening in Perth. We barely knew what to do, but we did discuss Diana Wynne Jones, Shaun Tan, cover art, framing questions, and other stuff. We'll return to normal next week, but hope this works (Apologies for a brief glitch at the 9min mark or so).