The Coode Street Podcast-logo

The Coode Street Podcast

Arts & Culture Podcasts >

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

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

Location:

Australia

Description:

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

Twitter:

@coodestreet

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 348: Nebulas, Hugos, ereading and more

2/24/2019
More
As usual at this time of year, Jonathan and Gary sit down to discuss the beginning of the awards season, and in particular the recently announced Nebula finalists and the fact that the Hugo nominations remain open for another couple of weeks. Needless to say, this leads off in various directions about whether there is really more first-rate short fiction these days, or merely a broader range of venues, a more diverse pool of editors, or perhaps even more specialized readerships. We also...

Duration:00:56:04

Episode 347: Charlie Jane Anders and The City in the Middle of the Night

2/3/2019
More
Charlie Jane Anders joins Jonathan and Gary to discuss her second novel, The City in the Middle of the Night, which will be in shops during the coming week. Her powerful and engaging new novel follows her award-winning debut, All the Birds in the Sky, and we chat about following that novel, her hopes for the new book, and much more. As always, our thanks to Charlie Jane for taking the time to talk to us. We hope you enjoy the episode and the shorter format. We'll have a new episode out...

Duration:00:33:43

Episode 346: Neil Clarke and the State of Short Fiction in 2018

2/3/2019
More
This week, as part of Coode Street's experimental trio of shorter episodes, Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke joins Jonathan and Gary to discuss the state of short fiction in 2018. How is the field doing artistically? How is to doing in publishing terms? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? We take half an hour to talk about all this, trends in the field and more. The fourth volume of Neil's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of Year will be out in July. As always, our thanks to Neil...

Duration:00:38:37

Episode 345: Liza Trombi, Locus, and the Year in Review

2/3/2019
More
This episode is our more-or-less annual discussion with Locus magazine’s editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi, with whom we chat about the Recommended Reading List which appears each February in the magazine’s Year In Review issue. How is the list compiled, who contributes to it, and perhaps most important of all, what’s it for? How does it differ from other "best of the year" lists? What does it tell us about the current state of the field, and where it’s going? We touch upon not only the...

Duration:00:45:04

Episode 344: Time, Cities and Moving to the Poles

1/26/2019
More
And we're back with our 344th episode, which one of us incorrectly thought was our 343rd because we counted 342 twice. Ugh. Apologies for the confusion! This week: The rise and rise of the time travel story Dr Who has been telling time travel stories for fifty years. Robert A. Heinlein made his name with a time travel story. Kids grow up watching Back to the Future. Time travel is a well-established theme and story device, and it seems to be enjoying prominence at the moment. Kelly Robson...

Duration:01:02:51

Episode 343: Grand Masters and other Awards...

1/13/2019
More
Every episode starts with a blank slate, even when perhaps it should not. This week we start with the recent announcement that William Gibson has been named as this year’s Damon Knight Grand Master by SFWA, which is well-deserved. Gibson's most famous novel, Neuromancer, won the Philip K. Dick Award back in 1985 (along with a slew of other awards). This, in turn, takes us to the just-announced nominees for the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award: Time WasThe Body Library84KAlien Virus Love Disaster:...

Duration:00:49:27

Episode 342: The Books of 2019

1/5/2019
More
At the beginning of the new year, Jonathan and Gary compare lists of books they’re looking forward to in the new year, beginning with some novels appearing within the next few weeks (Charlie Jane Anders’s The City in the Middle of the Night, Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Alastair Reynolds’s Shadow Captain), and venturing further into the year with debut novels, sophomore novels sequels, fantasy, SF, collections, anthologies, and whatever else comes to mind, including some of our...

Duration:01:06:33

Episode 341: 2018 Year in Review

1/1/2019
More
After another long hiatus, Jonathan and Gary return with a ramble saying farewell to 2018 (actually recorded when it was still 2018 in Chicago and already 2019 in Perth). This time we look back on some of our favourite novels, novellas, collections, anthologies, and nonfiction from the past year, agreeing enthusiastically about Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City, Kelly Robson’s Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Gardner Dozois’s The Book of Magic, Alec Nevala-Lee’s Astounding: John W....

Duration:01:03:29

Episode 340: Andy Duncan and the Road to Utopia

11/10/2018
More
The 2018 World Fantasy Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland over the first weekend of November. People from all over the globe gathered, including Gary and Jonathan, to engage in discussion, appreciate art, and generally share their love of the fantasy genre. Somewhere in there, Gary and Jonathan found time to sit down with Andy Duncan to discuss his brand new short story collection, Agent of Utopia. The book is a fine one and the conversation was wonderful. As always, we'd like to...

Duration:01:01:13

REPOST - Episode 339 - The Road to Baltimore

10/13/2018
More
A partial copy of this went out yesterday. Here's a full repost. Apologies to anyone downloading this one twice.

Duration:01:00:23

Episode 338: Alec Nevala-Lee, Andy Duncan, and the Astounding Legacy

9/29/2018
More
Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We (Gary and Jonathan) had a wonderful time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. Our final conversation is one of our favourites. Alec Nevala-Lee's Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov,...

Duration:00:58:49

Episode 337: Rich Larson and the Future of Science Fiction (sort of)

9/20/2018
More
Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We (Gary and Jonathan) had a wonderful time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. This third episode sees us sit down with exciting new writer Rich Larson to discuss his love of short fiction, his...

Duration:00:57:38

Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read...

9/15/2018
More
Readers talk to other readers. They share information about the books and stories they love. They recommend. It's as natural as breathing. Those recommendations lead to a broader commentary, to lists and canons and all sorts of other things. This week Jonathan and Gary discuss the way we talk about books, the nature of recommending, and much more. As promised, this episode contains recommendations for books published during 2018 that Jonathan and Gary thought were of interest and might make...

Duration:01:11:29

REISSUE - Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience

9/12/2018
More
A re-release of episode 335. This should be 53 minutes long. -------------------------------------------- Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We had a fine time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. This second one sees us sit...

Duration:00:54:17

Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience

9/9/2018
More
Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We had a fine time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. This second one sees us sit down with award-winning writers and long-time friends of Coode Street, Karen Joy Fowler and James Patrick Kelly,...

Duration:00:39:19

Episode 334: After San Jose

9/2/2018
More
We (Gary and Jonathan) went to WorldCon 76 in San Jose a week or so ago, or at least we were around while the convention was on and engaged in activities that overlapped with the convention. It seemed like a great convention. We had a great time. All the people we know who were there had a great time. We'd like to thank all of the organisers, the programmers, and the people who ran a great Hugo Awards. Our congratulations to all of the winners and especially to the team at Ditch Diggers who...

Duration:00:49:52

Episode 333: Jo Walton Goes to the Hugos

8/24/2018
More
We've been away for a long time. A very long time. We're sorry and we'll try not to do that again. While we were away, we went to San Jose, California for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. During the convention, we recorded four new episodes that we will be sending out over the coming weeks. The first is a discussion with Hugo Award winner and friend of the podcast, Jo Walton. Jo has a new book out, An Informal History of the Hugo Awards, which expands on a series of posts on...

Duration:01:11:22

Episode 332: Frankly, this one's a grab bag

6/17/2018
More
With our customary meticulous planning, we manage this week to veer from the topic of what causes you to bounce off a particular book—or to keep reading—to the Clarke Awards, which will be announced in a few weeks (Gary volunteered to be on the Shadow Jury this year), to the question of how mainstream writers handle science fiction or fantasy elements in their fiction, and then to the issue of why many excellent British or Australian writers have either failed to gain much traction in the...

Duration:00:58:37

Episode 331: On missing Gardner Dozois

6/10/2018
More
This week Gary and Jonathan spend some time discussing the work and legacy of Gardner Dozois (1947-2018), who died recently. A friend and colleague, Gardner was also a brilliant writer, a perceptive critic, a skilled story doctor and possibly the most influential editor in the history of science fiction. His three novels, several short story collections, and well over a hundred anthologies will stand the test of time, with the 35 volume The Year's Best Science Fiction and his nearly 20 years...

Duration:00:53:47

Episode 330: Books, reading and wolves...

5/6/2018
More
This week’s episode ranges from a discussion about the growing importance of novellas and their advantages both for readers and writers, the difficult question of which story you might pick to introduce a new reader to a favourite author, the importance of distinctive voices in both short fictions and novels, the upcoming 87th birthday of the great Gene Wolfe, and James Cameron's new TV documentary on SF, which features appearance from several SF writers and critics, including Gary. Then...

Duration:01:08:08