Episode 150: Live with John Crowley and Peter Straub!

This week the Coode Street Podcast, or part of it, is on the move! With Readercon 24 in full swing, Gary has travelled to Burlington, Massachusetts and has corralled award-winning author of Little Big and the Aegypt sequence, John Crowley, and long-time friend of the podcast Peter Straub to take part in a fascinating discussion of genre and other things. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

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00:00 Introduction (flawed)

02:00 Discussion of reading and being influenced by early science fiction from the ’50s and ’60s, and the path from there to reading literature.

12:40 On how genre works and what makes the SF ideational space function. Mention of Bob Shaw’s classic “Light of Other Days”.

19:00 Peter discusses writing about fear, reading Ballard, and other influences.

30:00 On reading work as science fiction, including mention of John’s novel The Translator.

35:00 On how writing SF/F is accepted to day in a way that it was not before.

40:00 Peter discusses his novel In the Night Room.

43:00 Story McGuffins and the death of the author.

50:00 Sequels, Lin Carter, book signings.

58:00 A brief discussion of what’s next from Peter and John.

As discussed in the podcast, you can order the 25th Anniversary Edition of Little Big, or just check it out.

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One thought on “Episode 150: Live with John Crowley and Peter Straub!”

  1. What a great conversation!

    One thing that doesn’t come up nearly often enough in discussions of Little, Big is that it is deliberately a confluence of three genera. Everyone discusses it as a fantasy, but it is also very much a generational saga novel, and it is to a not-insignificant degree a science fiction novel. Smokey Barnable’s first visit to Edgewood is sometime around the date of the composition of the novel–thus, mid-to-late-1970s–and everything after that, including all of Auberon Barnable’s story–is set in the “future”, which is rapidly slouching towards ecocatastrophe and other sf dysfunctions.

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