This week, returning to our customary format of rambling aimlessly for an hour or so, Jonathan and Gary share observations on what we are learning from our series of Ten Minutes With… podcasts, how the current crisis may or may not be reflected in tomorrow’s SF, the increasing relevance of Kim Stanley Robinson and others who have addressed global issues in the Before Times, the question of whether SF serves more as a mirror or a lamp (to borrow and cheerfully misuse a phrase from M.H. Abrams’s classic study of Romantic literary theory), and. of course, what we’ve been reading and hoping to read in the next few months.
Ten minutes with… is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they’re reading right now and what’s getting them through these difficult times.
Gary spends ten minutes or so with Hugo and Nebula-winning James Patrick Kelly, touching upon the challenges of reading during lockdown, the temptation to argue with the page while reading, the appeal of Raymond Chandler, and the virtues of listening to audiobooks and stories, including his own recent King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats (also available as an audiobook from his website).
Books mentioned include:
- King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats by James Patrick Kelly
- Mother Go by James Patrick Kelly
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- The True Queen by Zen Cho
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black (John Banville)
- Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
- The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler