Archive for August 2013

This weekend in San Antonio, Texas the 71st World Science Fiction Convention is in full swing. Parties are being held, discussions had, panels attended and science fiction celebrated. In amongst it all, Ellen Datlow is being toasted as Guest of Honour, a richly deserved recognition of the amazing contribution this nine-time World Fantasy and five time Hugo Award winner has made to the science fiction and fantasy field.


As a run-up to the weekend, Gary and Jonathan sat down with Ellen to discuss editing, anthologies, her career, and many other things in a frank conversation. The connection to Ellen's Manhattan pied-à-terre was erratic, so much editing was necessary. The sound quality is fine, but there are one or two spots where the editing may be noticeable. Our apologies for that, and our sincere thanks to Ellen for being part of the podcast.  

Next week, most likely, a podcast from WorldCon. Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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Cover art for A Stranger in OlondriaThis week Jonathan and Gary are joined in the Gershwin Room by Sofia Samatar, author of the brilliant debut fantasy novel A Stranger in Olondria, which was published by Small Beer Press this April.


In a wide-ranging discussion, we look at the origins of  A Stranger in Olondria, re-encountering genre fiction, the power of language and how we encounter it, and much, much more.

As mentioned in the podcast, you can read more of Sofia's fiction here:
Another new story is coming up shortly at Lightspeed, and a sequel to A Stranger in Olondria is in the works.

As always, we would like to thank Sofia for taking the time to join us, and hope you enjoy the podcast.
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A little late due to technical issues, but here is Episode 155 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week we asked master storytellers Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages to join us in the Gershwin Room to discuss the writing life, short fiction, collaboration and their forthcoming Tor.com novella "Wakulla Springs".

As always, our sincere thanks to Andy and Ellen for taking the time to talk to us. We hope you enjoy the episode!

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With WorldCon looming in the near future and news of the World Fantasy Awards just around the corner, award-winning writer and critic James Bradley joins Jonathan and Gary in the Waldorf Room to discuss the best in recent science fiction and fantasy. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!


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01:50 On Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Lord of the Rings and consolation in modern fantasy.

16:10 Arthur C Clarke Award winner Chris Beckett's Dark Eden.

18:00 On Paul McAuley, Evening's Empires, and the mission of modern science fiction.

33:00 On the movies Oblivion and Pacific Rim.

36:00 Climate change, recent science fiction and Patrick Flanery's Fallen Land.

43:00 On Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam

53:00 On Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird.

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