Episode 82: Live with Gary K. Wolfe!

With New Year’s Eve beckoning, but just out of reach, Gary and I fired up the pod one last time for 2011 to discuss Rusty Hevelin, the memory of the field, the year we had, and all sorts of other things.

On a serious note, we would like to deeply and sincerely thank everyone who appeared as a guest, commented on the blog, tweeted or blogged about the podcast, voted or nominated it for an award, said something nice about the podcast in passing in an elevator or at the bar – basically, everyone who has responded to it in any way. This first full year of podcasting has been a constant joy, surprise and delight and we’d like to thank all of the Coode St Community and wish you all a safe and happy celebration and the best year ever for 2012 (except for Mayans, who might be in for a bit of a torrid time).

7 thoughts on “Episode 82: Live with Gary K. Wolfe!”

  1. Congrats to Jonathan & Gary on a great year of podcasting! I’ve been an avid listener since you started and its been a wonderful gateway into the field for me.

    As a 20-something with few friends interested in the field, I’ve learned so much from the both of you, which has only deepened my love for SF&F(&H)… I’ve developed such a ridiculously long to-read list thanks to your conversations that I’m sure to be kept busy for years to come – all very welcome, I hasten to add!

    A random request: My Christmas reading consisted of the 4 volumes of Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun, which I absolutely adored. I’m starting on the ’87 sequel, Urth of the New Sun, as soon as I’m through with the dishes and your most recent podcast, and I can’t wait to dig in. Being born in ’83, as the original series was being published, I obviously wasn’t aware of the the reception this series received when it was first coming out. I’d love to hear from both of you, if you can spare a few minutes on an upcoming coode street, on how these books were received by the field, what your personal feelings are on the series, and on any observations you have related to their influence, legacy, etc. I’m just looking for an idea of how these works are regarded by the field at large, since I have little reference. Also, would this qualify as one of those neo-medieval settings Gary mentioned coming out of Canticle for Leibowitz?

    Keep up the great work! You have at least one Canadian fan who wishes there was as strong an SF community in the great white north as there seems to be in the great down under.


    Cam (from Canada)

    p.s. Gary asked about how the audience felt about guests, and I absolutely love them. As much as I love the rambling episodes between the both of you, guests are always welcome as far as I’m concerned, and the more the better. I especially thought that the Ellen Datlow & Peter Straub episode was excellent (just thought I’d throw my hat into the ring for someone other than Ursula Le Guin, as much as the suburbanites and others, myself included, loved that one).
    Secondly, Jeffrey Ford should be your official co-host. He’s a fantastic conversationalist that I can’t get enough of!

  2. Seriously, the episode with your daughter was one of the best of the year. Bring her back in 2012, please.

  3. Jonathan and Gary, thanks for the effort of the last year.

    Just when I think you spend too much time on awards you go and talk about Rusty Hevelin or Fred Pohl’s work with the Ballantines. (I had seen lots of references to Rusty but didn’t know how far back he went as a fan or pulp authority.)

    My experience of last year was a bit like Cam’s. You finally provoked me into reading Book of the New Sun. (It had been on the shelf for years.) And, while I’ve got a fair number of reference books on sf around, it’s nice when you come up with something I totally missed any mention of: Crowley’s “Snow”.

    I like the ramblings. I can’t think of any guests I didn’t like last year — even authors I’m not fans of. I especially enjoyed Stan Robinson talking about Asimov and Paul Cornell.

    Keep up the work. Sometimes annoying, never boring.

  4. Hearing you talk about how much history is lost with the passing of each member of “fandom from before the first worldcon” makes me wish there were an interview podcast that featured interviews with members of fandom. I like that you pointed out how getting authors to talk about the field outside of their own work gives us some of this. Maybe you can wrangle an interview with an important fan for a future interview. Love the show and look forward to years of future episodes.

  5. Hey Jonathan, is this episode available anywhere? On this page and at PodBean, the file isn’t available.

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