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.
This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning writer Kij Johnson to discuss her Nebula Award nominated novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe and her forthcoming novel The River Bank, how it’s possible to re-imagine the worlds of classic fiction in bold and useful ways, recording audiobooks and how reading aloud changes what you write, and much more.
As always, we’d like to thank Kij for making the time to join us, and hope you enjoy the episode. We’d also note that this is our 300th episode. So our sincere thanks to you, our listeners, for sticking with us!
For our 299th episode, we are joined once again by Locus editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi for our annual discussion of the Locus Magazine recommended reading list, covering the history of how the list evolved, who participates in compiling it, what its purpose is, and what our own thoughts are about the titles included this year in the book categories of the list(included the newly reinstated Horror Novel category). We also pay a brief tribute to our old friend and former Locus columnist Ed Bryant, who passed away earlier this week.
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Our thanks for Liza for making the time to join us. As always we hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
This week we are joined in our luxurious Coode Street studio by Lisa Yaszek, co-editor (with Patrick B. Sharp) of Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, and our old friend Kathleen Ann Goonan, whose essay “Challenging the Narrative, Or, Women Take Back Science Fiction” serves as a provocative afterword to the anthology.
We discuss how and why women were largely written out of early histories of science fiction, their contributions as writers, editors, journalists, poets, and artists during the pulp era, and how the situation has evolved from the pulp era to the present, and how American women SF writers might be represented in Lisa’s forthcoming Library of America anthology.
As always, our thanks to our guests for making the time to join us. And see you next week!