Although we’re having a Federal election here in Australia, and I had to get out and fulfil my democratic obligations, I still found time to jump on to Skype and call Gary to talk about things science-fictional. We covered reviewing, the end of “books you don’t need to read’, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, our awesome technical skills as podcasters, the Coode Street Feminist Advisory Committee (we may need t-shirts), and all sorts of other things in another longish podcast. We have also accepted we could talk forever – I think we chatted for more than an hour that we didn’t record. We hope you enjoy it!
Edit: People have had problems with this episode. I’ve republished it on the new host. Hope that solves the problem.
We’re running late here at Coode St. No fault of the indefatigable Gary K. Wolfe, who fired up Skype late on Friday evening to record a new podcast, but more due to some issues to to with data storage. I’m still working on those, but her, after some peer review, is the latest, our fifteenth! We natter about a number of things, all of which I should probably list, but will instead leave for you to discover as I’m in something of a rush. Enjoy!
Winter seems to have little interest in Perth at the moment. There’s the occasional shower, some cold mornings, but basically beautiful cool, sunny days. Against that backdrop, I called Gary in Chicago this morning and we discussed:
- science fiction in translation,
- the place of bestselling fantasy in the field (a little),
- awards, and
- a new book you don’t need to read (though we did go round about it a little).
It’s another longish podcast. We hope you enjoy it as always and will see you next weekend!
When Gary and I signed off last week we agreed we’d plan this podcast to save all you good people from waffling. Hmm. Well, that didn’t quite happen, so this is a second (shorter) waffly podcast). This week we waffle about Paolo Bacigalupi, awards, the fate of science fiction, and a new book you don’t need to read. We hope you enjoy it as always and will see you next weekend!
Well, Gary Wolfe and I got on Skype this morning with no real idea about what we might discuss, other than a passing desire not to retread old grown. After a bit of waffling, we got down to serious waffling and spent some time discussing:
- William Gibson’s Zero History and what makes a book that isn’t SF feel like SF. This follows-on from comments by Alex, Alisa and Tansy on the most recent Galactic Suburbia podcast
- why SF loves novellas
- the influence of Charles N. Brown on science fiction, us and the podcast;
- our second official “Book You Don’t Need to Read”; and
- sundry other stuff.
In amongst it all I spend some time recommending Galactic Suburbia (go listen!) and we sort of natter for a good while. We hope you enjoy it as always and will see you next weekend!