Episode 139: Live with Kij Johnson

This morning Lonestarcon, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, released the 2013 Hugo Awards Ballots. The Coode Street Podcast was nominated for Best Fancast, and we would like to thank everyone who nominated us.

As part of the Hugo Awards discussions, we invited fellow nominee and Coode Street regular Kij Johnson, to join us in the Waldorf Room once more to chat about the ballot, the nominees, and all things Hugo.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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4 Comments

  1. I did enjoy the podcast, ta!

    Here’s an idea for treating the short story problem. As part of Last Short Story, set up a kind of Goodreads rating and reviewing website for short stories, so people can see what others have read and loved. We’re a bit depressed about the Amazon takeover of Goodreads and now might be the time to pounce! Or is this already happening with the link-sharing on Twitter?

  2. Some of the best works published in 2012 that I read last year were story collections so totally agreed on the need for a Hugo for best collection.

  3. I think you underestimate how the nominees of the Best Dramatic Presentation categories feel about the award. J. Michael Straczynski, Jane Espenson, and Steven Moffat are some who have accepted the award in person. Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson sent members of their casts to accept the award. The ones who are not there do sent a written or sometimes video statement to be presented at the ceremony. The current generation of film makers grew up on Star Trek and Star Wars as well as some of the literary classic appreciate the Hugo.

    Growing up in late 70s and 80s, my first encounter with SF was in the media, both good and bad. While getting into Trek, I had heard about the Hugo and then discovered Asimov’s Hugo anthologies. There are many members of the 13 and 14 Generations (aka Gen X and Gen Y or Millennials respectively) that maybe coming into the field the same way. I don’t think it is a good idea to disparage the categories.

  4. Juan –

    Many thanks for providing that additional perspective. It’s true some of the dramatic category nominees do care very much. I think it may be more true to say that Gary and I, as participants in the nominating process, are less interested in those categories.

    Best,
    Jonathan

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