Episode 40: Live with Gary K. Wolfe

It was a bright and sunny morning – the annual excoriation of the masses here in Perth, and a particularly vicious one – so Gary and I fired up Skype and had a long chat about the Nebula Awards, how e-readers are impacting on the management of the reviewing cycle, the work of Peter S. Beagle and some other stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy it!

Edited to correct link to audio file for second time. Apologies.  You can also try this direct link.

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6 thoughts on “Episode 40: Live with Gary K. Wolfe”

  1. Good morning. Sadly the link is still not correct.
    A follow up to last week’s podcast. The answer to whether “Heart of Darkness” can be retrospectivly be included into the SF canon is: yes. Admittedly this story went right over the heads of the pulp, post-war and new wave authors, and didn’t get incorporated into the genre until somewhere in the early eighties – right around the release of “Apocalypse Now”.
    Also I believe the pre-pulp author that had a much more substantial impact on the direction of the field than R.L. Stevenson was H. Rider Haggard. It’s a short step siddeways from Henry’s lost civilization in Africa to the jungles of Venus and the deserts of Mars.

  2. I’ve just replaced it again. Not sure why the new hosting is proving unstable. My sincere apologies. You can also download it direct from jonathanstrahan.podbean.com.

  3. The new link, as of 10 mins after your post, should work. If not, please try jonathanstrahan.podbean.com, and my sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

  4. Thanks, & no problem. (The new link came up right as the page loaded after I submitted my previous comment; I’d have said something then, but none of the comments were showing up yet and I didn’t want to post referring to something that wasn’t there.)

  5. Mark, I think you’re right both about the late discovery of “Heart of Darkness” and the influence of Haggard–at least in terms of the lost worlds/hidden civilizations theme. But my reference to Stevenson’s impact had more to do with style and structure than with theme. He wrote with an exceptional grace and precision that was rare in the popular adventure and gothic fiction of his time, and managed complex and multiple points of view brilliantly. I’ve been surprised at the number of current writers I’ve met who admire him greatly, even though what they write isn’t at all thematically like his most famous works.

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