Gifted and talented

A red letter day here at Case del Coode Street. After a long and arduous selection process, today we were advised that Miss 11 has been accepted into the WA Gifted and Talented Program, and has been offered a place at John Curtin College of the Arts. This is simply a huge thing! Miss 11 has been studying drama for several years now, and has been desperately hoping to get into this fine program. We’re very, very proud of her. She’ll start there in the 2015 school year, when she commences high school. We have till then to work out the logistics!

 

Episode 154: Live with James Bradley

With WorldCon looming in the near future and news of the World Fantasy Awards just around the corner, award-winning writer and critic James Bradley joins Jonathan and Gary in the Waldorf Room to discuss the best in recent science fiction and fantasy. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

00:00 Introduction
01:50 On Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Lord of the Rings and consolation in modern fantasy.
16:10 Arthur C Clarke Award winner Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden.
18:00 On Paul McAuley, Evening’s Empires, and the mission of modern science fiction.
33:00 On the movies Oblivion and Pacific Rim.
36:00 Climate change, recent science fiction and Patrick Flanery’s Fallen Land.
43:00 On Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam
53:00 On Graham Joyce’s The Year of the Ladybird.

Download the episode here.

Cover reveal: Reach for Infinity!

Cover for Reach for Infinity
Reach for Infinity. Coming in June 2014 from Solaris Books! Click for larger!

It’s a long time till June 2014. That’s when Reach for Infinity, the third volume of what I’ve come to think of as the “Infinity Project” will be published by the totally brilliant team at Solaris Books. It follows on from Engineering Infinity and the Locus Award winning Edge of Infinity, and which I think will be a worthy successor to that book.

Where Edge focussed its attention on an industrialised pre-starflight Solar System, Reach concentrates on that period when we’re trying to get off Earth and into space. Stories aren’t due in until January, so it’ll be a while before I have a table of contents to announce or even a final lineup. I do have a list of people who have agreed to write for the book and some of their names appear on the incredible cover mockup that Solaris just sent me.  While the names are subject to change without notice, the cover design is final and Adam Tredowski‘s cover art is definitely the beez neez.  Hope you all love it as much as I do!

London

Too many things to think about right now.  It’s only two and a half months till I’m going to London to attend the 2013 World Fantasy Convention. I know the time’s going to fly by between now and then, and one thing I have to do is find an economical hotel solution.

While I’ll be in Brighton from Oct 30 till November 4 staying at the convention hotel, I haven’t settled on where I’ll be staying from Oct 24 (when I arrive) through to Oct 30, when I expect to head down to Brighton. The plan is to travel to Brighton with Ellen Klages and Gary Wolfe, and definitely to see other friends who’ll be in town (Garth, Sean etc), but where to stay? Any recommendations for reasonable London accommodation?

On “Year in Review” panels and me….

Panels. If you have ever attended a science fiction or fantasy convention you’ll be familiar with them. In an ideal world a panel is a discussion that lasts for 45 minutes to an hour during which a group of informed people circle around a topic of interest nominated by the convention programming committee.

Some panels, of course, are less than ideal. Some run too long; some suffer from lack of organisation or chemistry. Sometimes panellists don’t always gel or interact in an ideal manner. And there are other issues. Who should or should not be on a panel? What are good topics? Should panels have moderators? How long should a panel be? Should the list of panellists be gender-balanced? All of these are interesting and worthy of discussion, but they’re not what I’m interested in here.

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