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.
- encourage you to join both MidAmerican II (Kansas City) and WorldCon 75 (Helsinki);
- mention io9s list of alternate Hugo Awards nominees; and
- discuss Jay Maynard’s article at Black Gate about conservatives in the SF field .
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!
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!