Episode 303: John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly at ICFA

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!

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Episode 302: The State of Short Fiction

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.

 

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Episode 301: On Literary fiction and genre, the moon and more

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.

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Episode 297: Politics and science fiction

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This week we return to the Gershwin Room to discuss what we’ve been reading lately, what we’re anticipating, what do you when you encounter a story by an idol or a good friend which isn’t quite up to standard, and what the state of political science fiction is, with both Orwell’s 1984 and Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here returning to the U.S. bestseller lists for the first time in decades. We also discuss political action within the science fiction field towards the end of the podcast, and touch on Norman Spinrad’s new novel.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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Episode 295: Ellen Klages and Passing Strange

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And we’re back! The bar has been re-stocked, the carpets have been steam cleaned, and we’re ready to go. For the first podcast of 2017, long time friend of the podcast Ellen Klages joins us to discuss her wonderful new book, Passing Strange.

Described by the publisher like this:

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.

Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.

Passing Strange is due out January 24, but you can pre-order it now.

As always, we’d like to thank Ellen Klages for joining us and hope you enjoy the episode. We should be back next week with  new episode, and regularly through till Worldcon in August.

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