This week we are joined by Chesley and World Fantasy Award-winning designer, art director, editor and publisher Irene Gallo to discuss how she came to join Tor Books back in the 1990s, her career as an art director, her role in helping to establish Tor.com, and her work as Associate Publisher at Tor.com Publishing.
As always, we’d like to thank Irene for taking the time to talk to us and hope you enjoy the episode. See you in while!
This week we’re joined by the fabulous Nnedi Okorafor, whose Akata Warrior (sequel to Akata Witch) will be published next week, and whose Binti: The Night Masquerade (concluding her award-winning Binti trilogy of novellas) is due in January. We discuss not only these books, but the ongoing excitement about the possible TV adaptation of Who Fears Death?, the forthcoming novel Remote Control, the growing awareness of African and Naijamerican SF and fantasy, her work in comics and graphic novels, her Star Wars short story, and the problems of juggling academic work with writing. Nnedi is one of the busiest writers in the field these days, and her insights, as always, are fascinating.
This week, we are joined by distinguished critics Niall Harrison, late of Strange Horizons, and Liz Bourke, whose latest collection of reviews and essays is Sleeping With Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Aqueduct), to discuss the debut novels of 2017 that we’re all excited or curious about. Here are some of the titles that come up in the discussion:
- Annalee Newitz, Autonomous
- Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
- Karin Tidbeck, Amatka
- Robyn Bennis, The Guns Above
- Lara Elena Donnelly, Amberlough
- Ruthanna Emrys, Winter Tide
- Cat Sparks, Lotus Blue
- Nicky Drayden, The Prey of Gods
- Marek Sindelka, Aberrant
- Prayaag Akbar, Leila
- Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts
- Megan Hunter, The End We Start From
- Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
- Christopher Brown, Tropic of Kansas
- Sam Miller, The Art of Starving
- N.J. Campbell, Found Audio
There’s a long list of debuts with links to reviews and ordering here.
Here are specific recommendations and shout-outs from Liz and Niall:
- The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis (Tor)
- Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
- The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (HarperVoyager)
- Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com)
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
- Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Talos)
- Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw (Orbit US)
- Gods & Monsters: Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw (Rebellion/Abaddon US)
- The Tiger’s Daughter, K Arsenault Rivera (Tor)
- Barbary Station, R. E. Stearns (Saga)
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
Books that I have read and recommend:
- Leila by Prayaag Akbar (Simon & Schuster India)
- Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfar (Sceptre)
- Aberrant, Marek Šindelka (Twisted Spoon Press)
- Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage)
Books that I am particularly keen to read that other people did not
mention (i.e. excluding Goss, Newitz, Brown):
- An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (Akashic Books)
- American War, Omar Al Akkad (Picador)
- An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager)
A first fantastic novel rather than first novel, but excellent:
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Penguin)
Not a novel at all, but a notable debut:
- Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)
As always, our thanks to Liz and Niall.
Annalee Newitz, who writes on the cultural impact of science and technology for Ars Technica and who founded and edited io9.com, delivers her debut novel Autonomous this month.
Annalee joined Gary and Jonathan in Helsinki, Finland where they were all attending WorldCon 75, to discuss Autonomous, science fiction, and the power of being able to tell stories about how science influences the world.
As always, Gary and Jonathan would like to thank Annalee for joining us and hope you enjoy the podcast.
This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by long-time friend of the podcast, Jeffrey Ford. Jeff is the winner of the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards and has published eight novels, six short story collections and more than 130 short stories. His most recent book is Shirley Jackon Award winner A Natural History of Hell. Just out is new short novel, The Twilight Pariah. He joins us to discuss his writing, genre and his first new novel in ten years, Ahab’s Return, or The Last Voyage.
As always we’d like to thank Jeff for making the time to join us. We’d also like to apologise, this time out, for some technical issues which affect the sound quality of this episode, especially in the first half. We think it’s worth persevering with, though. Next week: Annalee Newitz discusses Autonomous.