Episode 161: On the toxicity of literary canon

After a long sequence of discussions with wonderful guests, it’s just Gary and Jonathan alone in the Waldorf Room once more. This week, after a brief chat about the forthcoming World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, their attention turns to how literary canons are formed, the potential toxicity of the canon forming concept and other matters. No books were sold in the making of this podcast.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. Next week we’ll be back with special guest Rachel Swirsky.

Episode 160: Live with Paolo Bacigalupi

With WorldCon a dwindling memory, Jonathan and Gary are joined by passionate, articulate and always fun to talk to special guest Printz, Hugo, Nebula, Campbell and Sturgeon award-winning writer Paolo Bacigalupi and discuss his brand new middle-grade novel Zombie Baseball Beatdown, exciting news about his second adult SF novel The Water Knife, new YA novel The Doubt Factory, and much more.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

Wakulla Springs pre-order!

Cover art for Wakulla Springs
Wakulla Springs Pre-order

About a month ago Ellen Klages and Andy Duncan were kind enough to appear as guests on the Coode Street Podcast. We had a lively and engaging discussion about writing, publishing and collaborating. A significant portion of the discussion centered around the publication of their forthcoming Tor.com novella, “Wakulla Springs“.

Well, the story is set to be published in early October, but you can pre-order the ebook now (for $1.99).

Tor.com has been doing an incredible job with the artwork it’s provided for their short fiction, and the art for “Wakulla Springs” is no exception. My hat’s off to Irene Gallo.  My only regret with this one is that there isn’t going to be a print version of what looks to be a truly lovely package.

Welcome to the countdown…

T-45 days according to an internet thingy I was playing with this morning: that’s how long it is till I fly out for London, Brighton, and the 2013 World Fantasy Convention. I’m at that stage where everything seems a bit chaotic and, if I let myself, I could get lost in trying to work out all of the details of the 15 days I’ll be away. Marianne and the girls will be staying home, so it’s another solo trip for me, though I will be staying with and traveling with friends when I’m there. It should be fun.

My schedule for the trip is very much up in the air, though I do want to keep it as open as possible. I have tentatively agreed to appear on two panels at World Fantasy. The convention has been very kind in offering me the opportunity to appear on programming, so I feel I should prepare for that. I also will be doing a little business.  All else should be friends and fun.

What do I have on before then? Well…I should get my special issue of Subterranean magazine wrapped up, for a start. Most of the stories are in, so I need to line up some art and bits and pieces, then get it delivered. I also need to get a LOT of reading done for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year. It’s due in December, so I need to work on the intros and start contracting stories too. Along the way I want to get some ground work in on two other books, and get some advance work done on the next round of projects.

It is, of course, important I do this now because December itself will be chaotic. I will be working on the Locus Recommended Reading issue, and short fiction recommended reading list.  Then there’s Christmas, New Year and my birthday. Some days I feel like it’s March next year already…