Category Archives: Podcasts

Jonathan on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora

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In keeping with yesterday’s quick squib about Limekiller, here’s another short piece of review/commentary, this time about Kim Stanley Robinson’s AuroraWith all of the conversation about Hugo Awards at the moment, I (Jonathan) am tempted to make some brief comments about books, stories and other works that I feel are nomination-worthy and that may make my own ballot next year.
It is possible that I won’t follow through on this, or that the latter half of the year will be such that I won’t get to do more. It’s also possible that these will get folded into the main podcast (I certainly don’t intend to keep bombarding you with new content like this every day), but for the moment here’s a sample of a possible ‘Jonathan’s Personal Thoughts on Possible Hugo Nominees’ series.
Please, if you have a moment, drop me a note in comments or on Twitter to let me know what you think of the idea for the series and if you’d like to see more. 
 

Limekiller by Avram Davidson

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Between 1997 and 2003 I was a reviewer for Locus. Growing demands on my time from my work as reviews editor for the magazine and as an anthologist eventually led to me giving that up. But during my tenure I reviewed a number of books I look back on very fondly. 

As a bit of an experiment, I’ve recorded the review I wrote in 2003 and am publishing it here. It stands as a snapshot of my writing at the time, a glance at a good book, and as a test for Coode St audio. Although the book is now twelve years old, you can still order it from Old Earth Books.  I definitely recommend it.  I hope you enjoy the review.

Episode 248: Spokane, Hugo Awards and the Future

With Gary only just returned from Spokane and the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, we sit down to discuss the success of Sasquan, the successful site selection for Helsinki in 2017, congratulate our friends at Galactic Suburbia for their big win, and touch on some of the many and varied issues surrounding the 2015 Hugo Awards.
 
During the podcast we:
  1. encourage you to join both MidAmerican II (Kansas City) and WorldCon 75 (Helsinki);
  2. mention io9s list of alternate Hugo Awards nominees; and
  3. discuss Jay Maynard’s article at Black Gate about conservatives in the SF field .
This episode was recorded the day after Sasquan and is being sent out early. We expect to return to our usual schedule this coming weekend. Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode!

 

Episode 247: Talking about inclusion and fandom

Two weeks ago we were fortunate enough to have Nina Allan and Renay as guests on the Coode Street Podcast (Episode 244: Renay, Nina Allan & the Weight of Fannish History). We discussed barriers to entry to fandom, inclusiveness and other issues  This week Gary and Jonathan continue that discussion in a fairly typical Coode Street ramble where we talk about inclusiveness, attending conventions, and much more.

This episode was recorded prior to WorldCon and the Hugo Awards, which we may get to in coming weeks. Until then we hope you enjoy the episode!

Episode 246: Aliette de Bodard and The House of Shattered Wings

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This week saw the release of Nebula Award winning author Aliette de Bodard’s powerful and engaging fourth novel, The House of Shattered Wings. Aliette was in Spokane, Washington for Sasquan: the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention when she made to time to sit down and discuss the novel, using the real world in world building, urban fantasy, combining work, family and writing, and much more with Gary and Jonathan.

“Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East.

They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…”

As always, we would like to thank Aliette for making time to appear on the podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode!