Episode 295a: Ellen Klages reads from Passing Strange

PassingStrange-FinalCover.jpgAs promised, the wonderful Ellen Klages reads from her forthcoming book Passing Strange. The short reading starts about halfway into a story about two women living in San Francisco in 1940 and what happens to them. Our sincere thanks to Ellen for taking the time to record the reading. Passing Strange is due out on January 24.

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Episode 295: Ellen Klages and Passing Strange


And we’re back! The bar has been re-stocked, the carpets have been steam cleaned, and we’re ready to go. For the first podcast of 2017, long time friend of the podcast Ellen Klages joins us to discuss her wonderful new book, Passing Strange.

Described by the publisher like this:

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.

Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.

Passing Strange is due out January 24, but you can pre-order it now.

As always, we’d like to thank Ellen Klages for joining us and hope you enjoy the episode. We should be back next week with  new episode, and regularly through till Worldcon in August.

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Episode 295 is coming


After a well-deserved break, our intrepid podcasters are back for 2017 with renewed energy and a definite intent to stagger along till at least August and the WorldCon.  

Make sure you tune in or subscribe or listen however you do, as this week Gary and Jonathan will be talking to long-time friend of the podcast Ellen Klages about her new book, Passing Strange. Episode 295 is coming! More to come! 

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Episode 294: Just a Song Before We Go (on hiatus)

The end of the year is upon us, and plans are subject to change. Our intention to do a bunch of end-of-the year episodes has been set aside because of deadlines and other commitments. Instead here’s a conversation about the history of the podcast, about our most disappointing and surprising books of 2016, and much more.

During the episode we discuss the hiatus, and whether we’ll be returning in 2017 or not. The jury remains out on that, but there’ll be at least one more episode in January. Who knows beyond that? We’ll have to wait and see. Our sincere thanks to everyone who’s been a part of Coode Street this year and in previous years, and our sincerest holiday good wishes to one and all!

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Episode 292: Short fiction, defining fantasy and more

This week we find ourselves talking about the resurgence of the novella in fantasy and SF, the possible reasons behind it, the changes in recent print magazines Asimov’s and Analog, the question of why short fiction seems to be moving in a digital direction whereas the novel not so much–and then we segue unconvincingly into questions of what gets reviewed and by whom, finally ending up with the problems in trying to find a workable definition of fantasy as compared to science fiction or horror.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

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