Episode 280: The Project of SF

Episode 280: The Project of SF

After our longest hiatus so far, Jonathan is back from Italy and Gary is back from Readercon, and we ramble on about such questions as whether modern SF can be characterized as optimistic or pessimistic, how some stories survive as influences despite their obvious flaws, whether modern SF holds on to some of its cherished myths even when they no longer seem feasible, what we’re reading these days, and our own forthcoming public podcast at MidAmericon next month. As usual,…

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Episode 279: Tom Reamy, posterity and the death of the midlist

Episode 279: Tom Reamy, posterity and the death of the midlist

Before Coode Street goes on hiatus for a few weeks when each of us travel to various exotic realms, we address a question which Jonathan raised about new editions of work by Clifford Simak and Tom Reamy—namely, what happens to the work of older writers in a world in which the midlist has all but disappeared? How do writers “read back” in the genre—or do they need to at all? How do writers as diverse as Joe Abercrombie and Neil…

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Coode Street Live!

Coode Street Live!

There will be at least one live Coode Street show this coming summer. We’re going to be at MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri over the weekend of 17-21 August! We’ve already lined up some special guests and just as soon as we have an official time we will let you all know. We’ll also be recording it as a podcast so that everyone who can’t be there will still be able to catch…

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Episode 278: Life achievement and such

Episode 278: Life achievement and such

This weekend Gary and Jonathan found time amongst their growing commitments to grab an hour or so and sit down over a microphone and discuss the World Fantasy Awards life achievement award, its rules, its recipients, and some people they feel might be considered for the award.  We also have announced that we will be taking an intermittent hiatus during July and August. There will be an episode this coming weekend, then a break of a month. It’s possible there…

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