This week we’re joined by the delightful and provocative Kim Stanley Robinson, to discuss his new novel New York 2140, his “comedy of coping” about dealing with catastrophic climate change in the next century, as well as how his previous novel Aurora challenged one of the cherished ideas in science fiction, the literary and artistic function of exposition in fiction, the relationship of science fiction writers to “futurists” or to MFA programs in creative writing, and his own distinguished career in the context of both science fiction and contemporary environmental literature.
As always, our thanks to Stan for making the time to tallk to us. We hope you enjoy the episode and will be back next week!
That sounds a bit grandiose, doesn’t it? We’re back rambling, and this week we discuss some of our recent reading (Jonathan finished reading his second novel of the year!!), Gary’s convention, the history of the Crawford Award, voting, and Gary’s new History of Science Fiction. There’s rambling, diversions, and parts of the conversation that just trrail off into the ether, as you might expect.
As always, our thanks to everyone and we hope you enjoy the podast. More next week.
This week Gary is in Orlanda, Florida for the International Conference on the Fantastic Arts. Despite being thousands of miles away, across aligator-infested waters, he took the time to sit down with long-time friends of the podcast John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly to discuss John’s new novel The Moon and the Other (Saga Press, April) and Jim’s new novel, Mother Go, which will be out from Audible later this year. As always happens on Coode Street, the conversation started on new books, new publishers, and publishing methods, and wandered far and wide.
As always, our sincere thanks to John and Jim for making the time to join us. We hope you enjoy the episode and will be back with more next week!
This week we welcome a record number of guests for a lively discussion of the state of short fiction. We discuss whether or not we’re currently in a “golden age” of short fiction; the welcome growth of multicultural voices; the economic realities of the short fiction market; and how authors can build careers in such a diverse and complex publishing environment.
Our guests are:
We encourage you to support each of their fine publications. We’d also like to thank Charlie, Irene, Neil and Sheila for making the time to be part of the podcast.
This week, after an unintended break because of deadlines and workload, Gary and Jonathan return to the Gershwin Room to discuss the burning question of literary fiction vs genre fiction, what exactly literary science fiction might be, recent books they’ve read, awards nominations, when is a writer a new writer, and so on.
Books mentioned during the podcast include:
- The Moon and the Other, John Kessel
- Luna: Wolfe Moon, Ian McDonald
- New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson
- Agents of Dreamland, Caitlin R. Kiernan
- The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois
- The Girl Who Drank Down the Moon, Kelly Barnhill.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We hope to be back next week with #302.