For the final episode before our Christmas hiatus, Jonathan and Gary are joined by award-winning writer and critic James Bradley to discuss the best books of 2014. Any lists are going to be incomplete, but we make an attempt to talk about a lot of what we thought was worthwhile from the year just coming to a close.
Big news from the Coode Street Bunker. Starting in mid-January (we’re still finalising the exact date), the Coode Street Podcast will be moving to Tor.com! Tor.com currently produces two terrific podcasts, Rocket Talk and Midnight in Karachi. Now the shambling behemoth that is Coode Street joins those fine and well-made communications to bring rambling and diversion to the masses.
Each year I end up compiling a personal list of the best fiction I’ve read during the year. That list ends up being used as the basis of my annual recommended reading essay for Locus, and for the introduction to my Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology. It somehow always ends up being a chore, one that I fight and struggle with for reasons that make little or no sense.
Partly to prepare for this ordeal, and partly to jog my memory, this weekend Gary Wolfe and I will be doing a special Coode Street Podcast where we will discuss 2014: The Year in Review. Gary and I are going to do actual preparation for this one(!) and we have invited critic and author James Bradley to join us. We hope to have another guest, if possible, but it should be fun discussing it with James. It means at least one of us will be erudite and well informed!
We’re going to be recording the episode on Saturday, 13 December 2014 and it will go out to listeners within 24hrs of being recorded. I’ll be shamelessly using the information provided by all of you in prepping and hope to come up with a few surprises and may be making a major announcement about the future of the podcast!
With the holiday season about to get going in earnest, we thought we’d give you a rough idea of what to look forward to in coming weeks.
Gary and I are still debating on either doing a special ‘Books to Look Forward to” or “Best of 2014” episode. If we do either of those it will air on the weekend of December 13, 2014.
Following that episode, we will go into a brief hiatus when we will air three episodes we recorded in Washington DC. The likely order is:
- 21 Dec 14: Live with Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman
- 28 Dec 14: Live with Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
- 4 Jan 15: Live with Guy Gavriel Kay
We would then be back with a fresh episode on the week on 11 January 2015. We have some exciting plans which we hope you’ll enjoy.
This is a backup issue of Episode 211 of the Coode St Podcast featuring Kij Johnson. We are making some changes to how the Coode St Podcast is published. From 3 January 2015 episodes will no longer be cross-posted to my personal blog and the Notes from Coode St RSS feed will become inactive on iTunes.
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