Welcome to the first episode of the second season of The Coode Street Roundtable,Â a monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where panellists James Bradley, Ian Mond, Gary K. Wolfe, and Jonathan Strahan, joined by occasional special guests, discuss a new or recently released science fiction or fantasy novel.
Annalee Newitzâ€™s The Future of Another Timeline
This month James, Ian, Gary and Jonathan discussÂ the latest book from Annalee Newitz. Itâ€™s described by publisher Tor Books as follows:
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friendâ€™s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.
2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isnâ€™t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes sheâ€™s found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Tess and Bethâ€™s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timelineâ€”a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single personâ€™s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
If youâ€™re keen to avoid spoilers, we recommend reading the book before listening to the episode (serious spoilers start around the ten-minute mark).
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Books mentioned this episode
- Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker
- Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake
- Alastair Reynolds, Permafrost
- Michelle Tea, Black Wave
- Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
- Elizabeth Hand, Curious Toys
- Claire North, The Pursuit of William Abbey
- Meghan Elison, The Road to Nowhere Trilogy
Kelly Robson,Â Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach
The Coode Street Roundtable will return at the end of October with a discussion of Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January.