Episode 269: Creating the Fantasy Canon

Last year, at the World Fantasy Convention held in Saratoga Springs, a panel was presented on ‘Creating the Fantasy Canon’.  The panel description was:

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 from the Coode Street Podcast was cast in the role of moderator, and the panelists for the discussion were John Clute, Michael Dirda, Yanni Kuznia, Gary Wolfe, and Ron Yaniv.

The conversation that unfolded was energetic, thoughtful and entertaining, and even if it didn’t resolve the question, it nonetheless was something we at Coode St thought you might enjoy.

The Coode Street Podcast team would like to thank the administrators of the World Fantasy convention for permission to present the panel here, and would specially like to thank sound expert Paul Kraus for his hard work on making sure the recording was as good as it is.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

Episode 268: Peter Straub and Interior Darkness


BookReviewInteriorDarkness-042a4.jpgThis week we are joined by World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and long-time friend of the podcast Peter Straub, to discuss his brand new short story collection Interior Darkness, writing, genre, music, and much, much more.

As always, we would like to thank Peter for making the time to join us on the podcast and hope you enjoy the episode.

All the Birds in the Sky this February

A quick head’s up for all of the dedicated listeners to the new Coode Street Roundtable. With the first episode under our belts, we’re working hard to make sure we get a new episode out every month as promised.

This month Ian, James, Gary and I will be reviewing/discussing Charlie Jane Anders’ second novel, All the Birds in the Sky.  The discussion will be an open one and could be quite spoiler heavy, so if you’d like to read along now’s a great time to get the book.  To help with that, Charlie Jane has a great page covering places you can get it.
Listen for this episode around February 28th.

Episode 267: Neil Clarke and Short Fiction


This week we are joined by multiple award-winning editor and publisher Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld magazine, discussing his provocative October 2015 editorial concerning the state of short fiction venues in SF, the question of whether so many venues dilutes the quality of fiction in the field or simply broadens its base, and how conditions today compare with the SF world of the 1980s as described by Mike Ashley in his magisterial history Science Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990, which both Jonathan and Gary are currently reading.

As always, our sincere thanks to Neil for making time to appear on the podcast. We hope you’ll enjoy the episode!

Episode 266: Prolificity and Academia

Tonight we discuss, as we do all too often, the beginning of the awards season, as well as the sometimes problematical Hugo category of Best Related Work, the question of authors who are so prolific that new readers may feel intimidated, and some of the parameters of who and who should not be covered in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series of books, of which Gary has recently assumed editorship.

As  always, we hope you enjoy the episode.