After a little too much New Year and birthday cheer we had technical difficulties, but Gary and I still found time to discuss birthday presents, Heinlein, 1967 as a transition year for science fiction, where non-academic cricitism has a role to play in modern SF, and previewed the Coode Street Best of 2010 (we name our top books of the year, but explanations wait for next week).
Here in Australia the day after Christmas is a special one, dedicated to winding down after a day of feasting and gift giving, laughter and merriment. Things slow down – unless you have a taste for the mega-discount sales – and people tend to relax with family.
This morning, Perth time, at least, a bunch of participants in Australian podcasting joined together to record a Boxing Day Super Mega Podcast. Participating were:
- Alex, Alisa, and Tansy from Galactic Suburbia;
- Grant from Bad Film Diaries;
- Ian from The Writer and the Critic; and
- Gary and I from The Coode St Podcast.
It was seven people talking, in a fairly organised manner about their highlights of 2010 and what they’re looking forward to in 2011. We all hope you enjoy it, and that you check out the individual podcasts that will be coming out in future weeks and months.
The original episode 31 didn’t work out, so we knuckled down and did it again just so we would have it all done and dusted, as promised. We discussed some of the same things, but also got to the Coode St Book Club, more apocalypses, and our favorite books of the year.
Gary and I fired up the podcasting paraphernalia connecting Coode Street directly to East Cedar Ave, and spent time talking about Jo Walton, her novel Among Others, Niall Harrison’s Top 10 SF Novels by Women, and other stuff. As always, enjoy!
There was birthday cake to be had so Gary was on a plane and off to sunny Camden Town in the UK, leaving snowbound Chicago in his wake, where he sat down with John Clute (of The SF Encyclopedia and other fame) and Cheryl Morgan (of Salon Futura) and we all discussed cockroach quantums, cozy apocalypses, and seeing genre as a lens rather than a box (or something like that), and everyone expressed themselves with admirable equipoise!