Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode 259: The Best of the Year with Paul Kincaid and Adam Roberts


The year is fast running out, but with the holiday season approaching Gary and Jonathan invited award-winning writers and critics Paul Kincaid and Adam Roberts to join them in the Gershwin Room to discuss a small sampling of the best science fiction and fantasy books of the year. They also discussed some of the most interesting and important trends in science fiction during 2015.

What books are recommended? Well, you’ll need to listen to the episode to get the full list, but there are a good handful of familiar books and few surprises that you may want to hunt down before the year is done.
As Jonathan says towards the end of the episode, whether this is the final Coode Street recorded for 2015 (we do have several others recorded for you and there may be a special second best of the year episode) or not, we would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to listen to the podcast, for the feedback you’ve sent in throughout the year, and for your support of Coode Street. We’d also like to thank everyone who has made time to appear on the podcast during 2015. It’s been a heck of a year.

Episode 258: Jim Minz and Baen Books


With the year coming all too quickly to a close, this week we are joined by distinguished veteran editor Jim Minz, who discusses his career from his University of Wisconsin days to working for Tor Books in Wisconsin and New York, Ballantine Del Rey, and currently Baen Books in North Carolina. We touch upon the various market segments of different subgenres of SF and fantasy, the various ways in which Baen and its market may have been misunderstood, the role of women editors in SF, and various other matters related to the SF publishing industry over the past two or three decades.


As always, we’d like to thank Jim for making the time to talk to us, and hope you enjoy the episode! 

Episode 256: Suzy McKee Charnas and Pamela Sargent


And we’re back with a new episode!  This week, from the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, we are joined by the genuinely iconic Pamela Sargent, author of many novels including The Shore of Women and editor of the legendary Women of Wonder anthology series, and Suzy McKee Charnas, author of the classic feminist SF series The Holdfast Chronicles and the equally classic The Vampire Tapestry, for a lively discussion of the changing role of women in SF since the 1970s and digress as usual into some fascinating byways and memories.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast! 

World Fantasy Convention 2015

Where am I at World Fantasy Convention 2015? In addition to all sorts of private plans and to recording five podcasts for later Coode St consumption, I will be in public two times. We’re recording a live podcast and I’m moderating a panel on the fantasy canon with a group of people with so much experience, talent and sheer brain power that I can probably show up and play Angry Birds while they entertain you all. 

As to the rest of the convention, I’m in Saratoga from about noon on Wednesday through to Monday lunch time, so I’ll be about. I don’t usually go to the mass signing on Friday, but may see you there. Otherwise, if you’re hoping to catch me or Coode St, we’ll probably be in the bar…


Friday 6 November 10:00AM
Coode Street Podcast Live with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro & Charlie Jane Anders!!

Gary Wolfe and I will be recording a live episode of the Coode St Podcast (our third), this time with the wonderful and incredible Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Charlie Jane Anders. We intend to talk fantasy, careers, and what it is to be a woman making a career in our genre. This episode will be broadcast in November as part of our ‘women in science fiction’ series of podcasts.



Saturday 7 November 2:00PM
Creating the Fantasy Canon 

There are some books we all agree on as fundamental to the genre, but can we agree on a canon of twenty stories? Our panelists will discuss which twenty books are essential reading for understanding the genre and how this list has changed over time. 
Jonathan Strahan (mod.), John Clute, Michael Dirda, Yanni Kuznia, Gary Wolfe, Ron Yaniv