Following on from our recent conversations about British and Australian Science Fiction, this week we invited Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning author and translator Ken Liu to join us to discuss translating fiction, his experiences with Chinese SF and his forthcoming translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem (which Gary officially has recommended as a Coode Street Recommended Book).
This week Gary and Jonathan, aware that the Festive Season and more are in front of us all, sit down with the most recent ‘Forthcoming Books’ issue of Locus and do their best to assemble a quick, on-the-fly list of books we’re looking forward to from October through to May next year. As Gary and Jonathan both say on the podcast, the list has been quickly assembled and certainly misses many worthwhile books. Still, it’s a start.
- Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Doubt Factory, (Little, Brown, nvl-ya, hc)
- Bear, Greg, War Dogs, (Orbit US, hc)
- Carroll, Jonathan, Bathing the Lion, (St. Martin’s, hc)
- Gibson, William, The Peripheral, (Penguin/Putnam, hc)
- Leckie, Ann, Ancillary Sword, (Orbit US, tp)
- Newman, Kim, The English Ghost Story, (Titan, tp)
- Nix, Garth, Clariel, (Hot Key Books, nvl-ya, hc)
- Baxter, Stephen, Ultima, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
- Herbert, Frank, Frank Herbert: Collected Stories, (Tor, cln, hc)
- Sherman, Delia, Young Woman in a Garden, (Small Beer Press, cln, tp)
- Williams, Sean, Crashland, (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, hc)
- Ellison, Harlan, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, (Subterranean Press/Edgeworks Abbey, hc) January 2015
- Morrow, James Galapagos Regained (St Martins, hc)
- Walton, Jo, The Just City, (Tor, hc)
- Abercrombie, Joe, Half the World, (Ballantine Del Rey, hc)
- Gaiman, Neil, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries •(HarperCollins/Morrow, cln, tp)
- Link, Kelly, Get in Trouble, (Random House, cln, hc)
- McAuley, Paul, Something Coming Through, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
- Park, Paul, Other Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Robson, Justina, The Glorious Angels, (Orion/Gollancz, tp)
- Wilson, Robert Charles, The Affinities, (Tor, hc)
- Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Water Knife, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
- Baxter, Stephen, Remembrance: A Xeelee Collection, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Bray, Libba, Lair of Dreams, (Little, Brown UK/Atom, hc)
- Liu, Ken, The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty) (Saga, hc)
- McDonald, Ian, Mars Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- McDonald, Ian, Only the Best of Ian McDonald, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
- Ashby, Madeline, Company Town, (Angry Robot US, tp)
- Blaylock, James P., Beneath London, (Titan, tp)
- Okorafor, Nnedi, The Book of Phoenix, (DAW, hc)
- Rajaniemi, Hannu, Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, (Tachyon Publications, cln, hc)
- Robinson, Kim Stanley, Aurora, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
Sure that we were on to something, we decided to follow up last week’s discussion of the State of British SF with Paul Kincaid and Nina Allan with a discussion about the State of Australian SF with editor/publisher Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press and bestselling Australian SF writer Sean Williams.
While there is always more that could be said about trends, particular publishers, or individual writers, a fairly-wide-reaching conversation did manage to cover a lot in a little over an hour. The podcast also includes some recommendations for books we think you should check out if you’re interested in current Australian SF.
As always, we would like to thank our guests Alisa and Sean for making the time to be on the podcast, and hope that you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
This week something special. Following on from conversations at the London Worldcon, and articles by Martin Petto (*) and others, Gary and Jonathan are joined by Nina Allan and Paul Kincaid to discuss the state of British science fiction. Are we having breakfast in the ruins, or is there hope to be found on the bookshelves?
Mentioned during the podcast, Gwyneth Jones’s first new novel in six years, The Grasshopper’s Child (now available from electronic retailers). Pick up a copy (it’s cheap!) and discover or rediscover this marvelous writer.
As always, our thanks to our guests. We hope you enjoy the podcast.
*Correction: Martin Petto’s name was spelled incorrectly in this post. Apologies for the error.
Time to get back to the conversation and put the wonderful LonCon experience behind us. With episode 201, Jonathan and Gary sit down to continue their ongoing discussion of science fiction, fantasy and other stuff.