Episode 314: Annalee Newitz and Telling Stories About the Future

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.

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Episode 313: Jeffrey Ford and The Twilight Pariah

35083306.jpgThis 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.

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Episode 312: Fantasy 101, Helsinki and more

After a long and mostly unplanned hiatus, we’re back! We travelled to Helsinki, Finland to attend WorldCon75, and then spent time travelling and not thinking about podcasting very much at all. Still, all holidays must come to an end, and so we headed back up to the Gershwin Room one more time to discuss WorldCon, the Hugo Awards, and the merits of developing a list of books for a Fantasy 101 type course (inspired by a question from Theodora Goss).

As you can imagine, we talk, we disagree, there’s rambling and Coode St is pretty much as it always is. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!

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Episode 311: Walter Jon Williams, Kelly Robson and Helsinki!

And now for something special! During the recent WorldCon, held in Helsinki, Finland, Gary and Jonathan took to the stage to talk to WorldCon guest of honor Walter Jon Williams and Campbell Award nominee Kelly Robson to discuss Walter’s career and his new novel, Quillifer.

During recording we were fortunate enough to be able to give away copies of Quillifer to lucky convention attendees thanks to the generosity of Saga Press. We were a little limited by time (panels lasted exactly 45 minutes in Helsinki) but the conversation flowed and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Our special thanks to Walter Jon, to Kelly, and to the tech team at WorldCon 75 for making this possible. 

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Episode 310: The Years Best Books So Far, the XPrize and more

We were away! We came back! We missed you! After an unexpected four week hiatus, and with another four week hiatus coming up, Gary and Jonathan took some time to catch up with one another, discuss what they’d both been reading lately, consider the XPrize fiction projection Seat 14C, and have a chat about the best books of the year they’ve read so far. A lot for a chat a little under an hour, but rambling will get them there.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. We will be back next week with more!

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