Archive for December 2014

Happy New Year

The Coode Street Podcast is a truly international effort, with Gary in Chicago and Jonathan in Perth, and listeners the world over.  2014 was great year for the podcast. Our audience was up more than 30%, which is gratifying, and we managed to get 40 (of a possible 52!) episodes out.  We recorded our 200th episode live in London with Stan Robinson, Bob Silverberg and Jo Walton, and then backed it up with only our second ever live podcast from World Fantasy with Caitlin Kiernan and Peter Straub.

We were desperately luck to get to speak to all sorts of interesting people, and hopefully we interested, informed and possibly made you think a little about the genre during the year. We also announced we'd be joining Tor.com, which is pretty exciting.  We're both sure 2015 should be an even better year here on the Street.
In the meantime, we both are hoping you're safe, healthy and having fun during the holidays, and that we'll get the chance to talk to you during the year ahead. Happy New Year!

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The third of our short series of podcasts recorded at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington DC, this one features a particularly laughter-filled conversation with award-winning writers and editors, and long-time friends and collaborators, Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. While it's been long enough since the podcast was recorded that we're not sure any of it made sense, we do know it was a lot of fun to record. We hope it's a lot of fun to listen to.

As always, our sincere thanks to Jack and Gardner for making the time to talk to us, and our thanks to you for listening.  We hope you're all either enjoying a well-earned holiday over the Festive Season, or finding a way to enjoy yourself if you have to work through it, and that we see you safe and well when we're back recording live in a couple weeks.  Next week: Guy Gavriel Kay.
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This week the first of our series of World Fantasy Convention 2014 podcasts.  Award-winning writers Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman sit down with Gary and Jonathan to discuss writing, their careers, their new books and much more.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
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For the final episode before our Christmas hiatus, Jonathan and Gary are joined by award-winning writer and critic James Bradley to discuss the best books of 2014. Any lists are going to be incomplete, but we make an attempt to talk about a lot of what we thought was worthwhile from the year just coming to a close.

We also briefly mention our big new announcement about Coode St becoming a Tor.com podcast, something we are very happy about. We would like to thank James for joining us on this episode, and all of our guests throughout the year who made time to talk to us. 

We'd also like to thank all of you, our listeners, for spending some time with us in 2014.  It's been a great year, and one we're proud of being able to bring to you. We hope you, your families, and all of your loved ones have safe and happy holidays and that we'll see you back here in January!

Note: We will be issuing new podcasts recorded at World Fantasy Convention during our hiatus, so do tune in here next week for another new Coode St.
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Big news from the Coode Street Bunker.  Starting in mid-January (we're still finalising the exact date), the Coode Street Podcast will be moving to Tor.com! Tor.com currently produces two terrific podcasts, Rocket Talk and Midnight in Karachi. Now the shambling behemoth that is Coode Street joins those fine and well-made communications to bring rambling and diversion to the masses.

For long-time listeners little will change. Your subscriptions and feeds will continue to work, but we hope to reach a wider listenership and to make some changes to the show.  Our fifth anniversary approaches and we couldn't be happier to be spending it with Tor.com and the crew!

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Each year I end up compiling a personal list of the best fiction I’ve read during the year. That list ends up being used as the basis of my annual recommended reading essay for Locus, and for the introduction to my Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology. It somehow always ends up being a chore, one that I fight and struggle with for reasons that make little or no sense.

Partly to prepare for this ordeal, and partly to jog my memory, this weekend Gary Wolfe and I will be doing a special Coode Street Podcast where we will discuss 2014: The Year in Review. Gary and I are going to do actual preparation for this one(!) and we have invited critic and author James Bradley to join us. We hope to have another guest, if possible, but it should be fun discussing it with James. It means at least one of us will be erudite and well informed!

We’re going to be recording the episode on Saturday, 13 December 2014 and it will go out to listeners within 24hrs of being recorded. I’ll be shamelessly using the information provided by all of you in prepping and hope to come up with a few surprises and may be making a major announcement about the future of the podcast!

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With the holiday season about to get going in earnest, we thought we’d give you a rough idea of what to look forward to in coming weeks. 

Gary and I are still debating on either doing a special ‘Books to Look Forward to” or “Best of 2014” episode. If we do either of those it will air on the weekend of December 13, 2014.
Following that episode, we will go into a brief hiatus when we will air three episodes we recorded in Washington DC. The likely order is: 
21 Dec 14: Live with Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman 
28 Dec 14: Live with Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois 
 4 Jan 15: Live with Guy Gavriel Kay 
We would then be back with a fresh episode on the week on 11 January 2015. We have some exciting plans which we hope you’ll enjoy.

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The Coode Street Podcast is fortunate to have a small group of guests who have appeared on the show more than once. This week we welcome back our most regular visitor, the wonderful Kij Johnson, who brings us up to date on the weather in Kansas, what she's been writing, and on re-imagining our genre's past. 

It was enormous fun talking to Kij and we'd like to thank her for making time on a chilly Saturday evening to talk to us on Coode Street. We apologise for some minor technical issues. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast, and will be back next week with more!
Note: This is a reissue of the original episode, which had some issues.
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Technical difficulty

Due to a technical issue with uploading to our podcasting hosting service we have withdrawn episode 211 of the Coode Street Podcast. It will be reissued as soon as we can make a reliable copy available. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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