This week Hugo Award winning author of the God’s War Trilogy, Kameron Hurley, joins Gary and Jonathan to discuss her new novel The Mirror Empire, winning the Hugo Award, social media, and writing SF/F in the 21st Century.
Next week I climb aboard a Qatar Airways jet for the first time and head to Washington DC (via sunny Doha) where I will be attending the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.
I fully expect there to be talking, drinking, more talking, and lots of time spent with friends both old and new across the four days of the event (along with a little business).
I hadn’t thought I’d be doing anything official or in-person this trip. Instead, it was supposed to be a quiet, informal time. That hasn’t quite worked out. While I won’t be doing any signings or panels, I will be recording several episodes of The Coode Street Podcast (with Gary K. Wolfe).
At the moment we have plans to record episodes with convention Guest of Honor Guy Gavriel Kay, long-time friends and collaborators Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, writers Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman, and possibly others (depending on time).
Exciting, for me at least, is that Gary and I will also record only the second ever episode of the Podcast to be presented in front of a live audience (having recorded #200 in London in August). We’ll be joined by good friends Peter Straub and Caitlin R. Kiernan for this:
The Literary Uses of Fantasy
Time: 4pm-5pm, Nov. 8, Conference Theater
Panelists: Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan
Description: The Coode Street Podcast discusses the literary uses of fantasy with Peter Straub and other special guests. Why do writers clearly capable of realistic, character-driven stories choose to introduce fantastic elements, some of them extreme, into their stories? What does the fantasy enable them to do that the more realistic narrative doesn’t?
Please consider joining us for what should be a lot of fun. I also hope to announce some ‘official’ times Gary and I will be in the convention bar if you just want to stop by and say hi.
In recent weeks Coode Street has discussed the national SF scenes in the United Kimgdom, Australia and China. This week we are joined by Peter Halasz and Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Robert J Sawyer, both long-standing advocates of Canadian science fiction, to discuss what’s happening in SF/F north of the US border.
We’d like to thank both Bob and Peter for joining us in what was a very spirited and energetic discussion. Next week: Kameron Hurley! Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
Following on from our recent conversations about British and Australian Science Fiction, this week we invited Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning author and translator Ken Liu to join us to discuss translating fiction, his experiences with Chinese SF and his forthcoming translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem (which Gary officially has recommended as a Coode Street Recommended Book).
Tomorrow is the publication date for my second fantasy anthology for Solaris, Fearsome Magics. It’s available from all good bookstores, online and offline, and features the following terrific stories:
- Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
- The Dun Letter, Christopher Rowe
- Home is the Haunter (A Sir Hereward and Mr Fitz story), Garth Nix
- Grigori’s Solution, Isobelle Carmody
- Dream London Hospital, Tony Ballantyne
- Safe House, K J Parker
- Hey Presto!, Ellen Klages
- The Changeling, James Bradley
- Migration, Karin Tidbeck
- On Skybolt Mountain, Justina Robson
- Where Our Edges Lie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman
- Devil’s Bridge, Frances Hardinge
- The Nursery Corner, Kaaron Warren
- Aberration, Genevieve Valentine
- Ice in the Bedroom, Robert Shearman
As I’ve come to appreciate , the most important time in a book’s life is the first month or so. If you like books like Fearsome Magics consider buying them soon after they’ve been published.