And we do it again! Our fourth ramble, this time touching on all sorts of things, many of which we’ve touched on before!
Last night I raced through my dinner, hugged my young children in lieu of putting them to bed, and retreated to my office for several hours to record what surely must be the longest podcast ever in the history of the world. I’d been invited to be a guest on Galactic Suburbia, and had a terrific time with hosts Alex, Alisa and Tansy discussing all things from awards (Nebula, Asimov’s, and Aurealis) and anthologies (mine and those of others) to what we’d been reading and thinking about over the last few weeks (see the show notes here for information on what we discussed).Â It was enormous fun to do, but I staggered out a weary man barely able to watch an episode of Big Bang Theory before bed.Â I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did recording it. My sincere thanks to the GS gang for having me over.
The third episode in our new (but still continuing!) series of conversations is now live. There are still a few audio hitches that I’m trying to iron out, but all in all it’s ok.Â I did the stereo thing again – it seems to be a default setting – so I’ll work harder on getting you a good old fashioned mono recording next weekend. This time we discuss reviewing, books, and all sorts of other stuff. I did promise to mention any specific titles, but today’s chat is pretty general so there’s nothing specific to mention. Except, oops, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, we do discuss that a bit. More next week!
Good morning, one and all. A new podcast with Gary K Wolfe should be out this morning. We recorded yesterday and I’ll get it uploaded after breakfast, with a little luck.Â I also was going to post here about the whole idea of no arguing with a book when writing a book review. I intend to do that, but we’ll see. Looking back over the period since I got back from my holidays I realise I’ve not been all that productive, editorially speaking.Â My day job is definitely demanding more attention, so too the family, which means my mind is pretty much scattered for reading and the like. I’ve spent a lot of time either watching TV, doing family stuff, or just sort of letting time pass without commenting on it. Trying to get myself together, though. Lots to do this coming month, and no real excuse for not getting it done (also some nasty consequences if I don’t).
I have, as you know, been podcasting. I’m enjoying it. It’s fun and it seems to involve the least amount of preparation of any of the things I’m doing right now, so more of that. There are also a bunch of books I want to read, though I can’t seem to summon up the concentration for that lately. Hmm. Maybe I do need to go and get my prescription looked at.
Graham Sleight and I discuss his work on the short fiction of Joanna Russ, Gollancz Masterworks, and a few last comments on canon-building, in a short conversation on the Street. Although the push to get Joanna Russ’s short fiction back in print is alive, I’m likely to leave canon-building as a topic for a while. I’ll also likely take the rest of the week off podcasting to let you all recover. Many thanks to Graham for his thoughts and for coming onto the Street.