This week Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld join Gary and Jonathan in the Gershwin Room (aka Skype) to discuss their exciting new book project, Zeroes. Our discussion ranges from collaborating, and all of the ins and outs of collaboration, to superheroes and the origins of the new series. Zeroes will be released in September.
This week we welcome the remarkable Kelly Link, celebrating her new collection Get In Trouble, her recent anthology with Gavin Grant, her career in general, and what’s coming up from Small Beer Press. We talk about the differences (if there are any) between adult and YA fiction, genre and mainstream, the possibility of a new novel, and what we did or didn’t read in school.
In addition to discussing Kelly’s own fiction and her rapidly growing reputation between Stranger Things Happen and Get in Trouble, we touch upon other books and authors from T.H. White’s The Once and Future Kingto Peter Straub’s “Hunger: An Introduction,” from Ray Bradbury to Shirley Jackson. And Kelly, who loves ghost stories, raises the very good question of why we return to the same stories again and again, even long after we know what’s going to happen. Listen, and see if any of us come up with a good answer for that.
As the Aurealis Awards reach their twentieth anniversary, Jonathan sits down with Aurealis Awards judging co-ordinator Tehani Wessely, publisher Alisa Krasnostein, and critic Sean Wright to discuss the Aurealis Awards, their history and the recently released 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist.
We are always on the look-out for new and exciting books to read, and always want to know what we should keep an eye out for. For years we’ve relied on Locus‘s quarterly Forthcoming Books issues as a guide on what to look for.
I hope to start posting here a lot more regularly. I know most everyone has given up on the blog – readers are down to an understandably pitiful but deeply appreciated few – but I do have some plans that might make it a bit more interesting in coming months.
I hope to talk a bit more about projects that are in train, and about what I’m reading, even if just for my own record. While I’m working on finishing Meeting Infinity, getting started on The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, and editing/acquiring some novellas for Tor.com, I’m also reading away and making plans for next year.
In the meantime, though, there’s a lot to read out there. My pal Tempest Bradford continues to recommend great stories on io9.com, James Bradley has an excellent new novel out (someone in the US needs to buy this!), and my friend Joe just bought and exciting new novel by the astoundingly wonderful Frances Hardinge. Not bad days at all.