A few reviews are trickling in for Reach for Infinity. Gary K. Wolfe, of this parish, reviews the book for The Chicago Tribune, while Skiffy and Fantasy also weigh in the book with a good review. Happy to see the book is being well received! This followed a scorcher of a review for the book from Niall Alexander over at Tor.com! Check them out!
The road to Loncon is ahead, but things are coming together. Below is my tentative schedule for the convention. There may be changes, and some other panelists may change, but this should be pretty close to the real thing. Please come along. Coode St 200!!!
When is a Fantasy not a Fantasy?
Thursday 13:30 – 15:00
Many of the more liminal fantasies play with the idea of psychosis as a blurring the boundaries of the world (Megan Lindholm’s Wizard of the Pigeons, Steve Cockayne’s The Good People, Jo Walton’s My Real Children); many ‘mainstream’ novels present worlds built of dream, the afterlife, or metaphor. What determines whether something is a fantasy or not: authorial intent, genre signals, reader perceptions? How far should we accept characters’ own sense of the world, and when can we judge them as unreliable witnesses? Paul Kincaid , Greer Gilman , Graham Sleight, Jonathan Strahan, E. Lily Yu
A Reader’s Life During Peak Short Fiction
Friday 12:00 – 13:30
There are now more speculative short stories published than any one person can hope to read — or even find. So how do fans of the short-form navigate this landscape? With so much ground to cover, how does an individual reader find stories they like — are we more author-driven in our reading habits? Conversely, how and why do particular stories “break out” and become more widely known? To what extent is the greater volume of material enabling — and recognising — a greater diversity of authors and topics? And what is the place of short fiction in today’s field — testing ground for ideas, the heart of the discussion, or something else? Jetse de Vries (M), Abigail Nussbaum, Jonathan Strahan , Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Elizabeth Bear
Big Anthologies: Bookends or Benchmarks?
Friday 16:30 – 18:00
There’s a genre tradition of doorstop-sized anthologies that attempt to synopsise a period or style: Ascent of Wonder, The Weird, Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, and others. What makes these anthologies successful, or not? Does ‘success’ mean summarising a past conversation, or influencing the conversation that’s still going on? Or are they always and inevitably doomed enterprises? Is it possible to TOC an age, or a genre? Or are these sorts of anthologies in fact arguments, rather than snapshots? Jo Walton (M), Martin Lewis, Jonathan Strahan, Jeff VanderMeer
Coode Street 200
Saturday 15:00 – 16:30
Coming to you live, from the temporarily relocated Coode Street Motel 6, it’s Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe on the 200th episode of the Hugo-nominated Coode Street podcaaaaaaaaaaaaaast! Expect the usual discussion and digression about science fiction and fantasy, with contributions from special guests Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg and Jo Walton. Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, Jonathan Strahan, Gary Wolfe, Jo Walton
Hugo Awards, 20:00 Sunday
This week Gary is back from Florida and our brief hiatus is at an end. We discuss K J Parker’s Academic Exercises, some movies seen by Gary, and genre nerdiness. We also answer some questions from the audience, and try not to talk about pants.
It’s a public holiday today here in Perth. Who even knows why. I think it was the Queen’s Birthday holiday, though it’s now WA Day or something? Meh. Either way, I don’t have to go in to work today, so it’s just a juggle of who gets to make breakfast, what we’re going to do as a family activity, if I can get washing done, and editing commitments.
Yesterday was a lovely and very enjoyable celebration for mum’s birthday. She’s 76, and still the most vital and energetic of people, despite enough challenges to knock most of us into a spin. So lucky to have her be part of my life still.
Been discombobulated by circumstance, these past few months. I’m delighted to have two new books out from Solaris (Reach for Infinity and Best of the Year 8), but am also fairly happy to have some downtime between projects. The next book, Fearsome Magics, is due out in October, but it’s basically complete. I don’t have another book to work on until Best of the Year 9 next January, which is both nice and scary. Lots to read, though, and I’m considering some projects.
I’m reading a bit, but not as much as I should. Dipped into Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire, which Miss 12 wants to read, and Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman, but haven’t really committed yet. There are a handful of books coming out later in the year I’m excited about and can’t wait to see, but nothing I have to hand yet.
Not listening to any new music at the moment due to medical issues, but have watched a movie or two. Don Jon was sweeter than expected, and Ender’s Game we turned off half way through. So it goes.
I am actively, or semi-actively, planning the final details for the Loncon/Paris/Normandy trip with Miss 12. Lots to look forward to. We need to pick up a French phrase book, decide if we’re driving in France, and save lots of money quickly. It should all be pretty awesome.
More soon. Or soon-ish. Oh, and no Coode St next week. Hiatus!
Fresh from winning the Kitschie, the BSFA, the Clarke, and the Nebula Award, Ann Leckie joins us on the podcast to discuss Ancillary Justice, writing the Imperial Radsch trilogy, gender in SF, and a lot, lot more.
As always, we would like to thank Ann for joining us, and hope you enjoy the podcast. We’re off air next week, but will return on June 15 with a new episode. Till then, enjoy!