As we head into our third straight week without a guest on the podcast, we confront our lack of organisation with a smile and a nod. We actually sat down and planned what we’d discuss on this episode, then Gary brought up something else entirely immediately after the intro and off we went.
This week’s ramble touches upon a bunch of issues, from Hugo nominations and awards (of course) to what it takes to be called a major science fiction writer, the need for more translations of non-English language science fiction, the advantages and disadvantages of “fix-ups,” “story suites,” and collections of linked stories, and whether SF has developed a kind of informal hierarchy favoring American and British SF, followed by Australian and Canadian writers, and leaving most other world science fiction as a kind of niche interest (which we dearly hope is beginning to change).
Hard at work here (well, actually sort of goofing off right now) on the next Infinity book. Lots to tell you in a few months. It should be out in October, with another volume in 2017.
Following last week’s announcement of DragonCon’s new Dragon Awards, we once again return to the topic of awards proliferation; begin our discussion of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s massive new Big Book of Science Fiction (we hope to talk to them about the book closer to its release); look at how anthologies might have changed over the past fifty years; touch on the recent trend toward revisiting and revisioning Lovecraft that can be seen in the work of Matt Ruff, Victor LaValle, and Kij Johnson; and debate whether academic criticism of SF is widely enough read to have an impact on science fiction as a whole.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. More next week!
As I’ve mentioned here before, I started editing fiction for Tor.com last year. It’s been a real pleasure, and I’m looking forward to acquiring many more stories in the coming years.
At the moment three of my stories are out there in the world:
- The Last Witness, a novella by K.J. Parker
- Two’s Company, a short story by Joe Abercrombie
- The Devil You Know, a novella by K.J. Parker
Coming up are some terrific new stories by Kij Johnson, Walter Jon Williams, Lavie Tidhar and others.