Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read…

Blackfish CityReaders talk to other readers. They share information about the books and stories they love. They recommend. It’s as natural as breathing. Those recommendations lead to a broader commentary, to lists and canons and all sorts of other things. This week Jonathan and Gary discuss the way we talk about books, the nature of recommending, and much more.

As promised, this episode contains recommendations for books published during 2018 that Jonathan and Gary thought were of interest and might make for rewarding reads for Coode Streeters. As always, these are personal recommendations and not a whole lot more. There’s some fine reading on the lists below, which we both hope you’ll seek out. Also, let us know what we missed in the comments!

 

JONATHAN’S LIST

  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Saadawi Ahmed
  • Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson
  • Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel
  • Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee
  • Blackfish City, Sam Miller
  • Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds
  • Space Opera, Catherynne Valente
  • The Accidental War, Walter Jon Williams

GARY’S LIST

  • Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman
  • Ahab’s Return, Jeffrey Ford
  • Annex, Rich Larson
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss
  • Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi
  • The Smoke, Simon Ings
  • Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller
  • Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar
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REISSUE – Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience

A re-release of episode 335. This should be 53 minutes long.

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Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF.

We had a fine time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. This second one sees us sit down with award-winning writers and long-time friends of Coode Street, Karen Joy Fowler and James Patrick Kelly, to discuss Clarion, Clarion West, and what it was like to be a student and an instructor at one of the most important writing workshops in the SF/F field.

As always, our thanks to Karen and Jim, and we hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience

Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF.

We had a fine time while we were there and managed to record four special episodes. This second one sees us sit down with award-winning writers and long-time friends of Coode Street, Karen Joy Fowler and James Patrick Kelly, to discuss Clarion, Clarion West, and what it was like to be a student and an instructor at one of the most important writing workshops in the SF/F field.

As always, our thanks to Karen and Jim, and we hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 334: After San Jose

We (Gary and Jonathan) went to WorldCon 76 in San Jose a week or so ago, or at least we were around while the convention was on and engaged in activities that overlapped with the convention. It seemed like a great convention. We had a great time. All the people we know who were there had a great time.

We’d like to thank all of the organisers, the programmers, and the people who ran a great Hugo Awards.  Our congratulations to all of the winners and especially to the team at Ditch Diggers who picked up the Best Fancast award. A shout out too to the people who came to our Kaffee Klatch, which went surprisingly well.

This week a quick-ish episode, our first back together in a month or two. We talk Hugo winners, cannon, and other stuff. If you love a ramble, this ones for you. And we will work on that list for you. Promise!

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Episode 333: Jo Walton Goes to the Hugos

Screen_Shot_2018-08-24_at_4_17_40_pm.pngWe’ve been away for a long time. A very long time. We’re sorry and we’ll try not to do that again. While we were away, we went to San Jose, California for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. During the convention, we recorded four new episodes that we will be sending out over the coming weeks.

The first is a discussion with Hugo Award winner and friend of the podcast, Jo Walton. Jo has a new book out, An Informal History of the Hugo Awards, which expands on a series of posts on Tor.com looking at the Hugos from 1953-2000. The book is wonderful and the conversation is interesting. As always, our thanks to Jo and we hope you enjoy the episode.

Oh, we recorded this in Jonathan’s hotel room in San Jose. Every effort has been made to filter out the damned airconditioning unit that was rumbling away outside.

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