This past weekend the World Fantasy Convention was held in Arlington, Virginia. As part of the festivities, the Coode Street Podcast team produced the second ever “live” Coode Street Podcast. This time the wonderful Caitlin R. Kiernan and Peter Straub joined Jonathan and Gary to discuss:
The Literary Uses of Fantasy
Panelists: Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan
Description: The Coode Street Podcast discusses the literary uses of fantasy with Peter Straub and other special guests. Why do writers clearly capable of realistic, character-driven stories choose to introduce fantastic elements, some of them extreme, into their stories? What does the fantasy enable them to do that the more realistic narrative doesn’t?
The podcast went very well, and we’re happy that it’s now ready for you. We would like to sincerely thank Caitlin and Peter for making the time to be part of the podcast again, and the team at WFC2014 for helping us organise and record the episode. It was deeply appreciated.
As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. We’ll be back next week with more!
This week Hugo Award winning author of the God’s War Trilogy, Kameron Hurley, joins Gary and Jonathan to discuss her new novel The Mirror Empire, winning the Hugo Award, social media, and writing SF/F in the 21st Century.
As always, we would like to thank Kameron for joining us on the podcast, and hope you enjoy the episode. Next week: World Fantasy!
In recent weeks Coode Street has discussed the national SF scenes in the United Kimgdom, Australia and China. This week we are joined by Peter Halasz and Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Robert J Sawyer, both long-standing advocates of Canadian science fiction, to discuss what’s happening in SF/F north of the US border.
We’d like to thank both Bob and Peter for joining us in what was a very spirited and energetic discussion. Next week: Kameron Hurley! Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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).
We’d like to thank Ken for joining us in what proved to be an extremely interesting conversation. Next week: Canada! Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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.
Here’s the list. These are books we’ll be reading, discussing and possibly recommending in coming months.
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)