Every year Gary and Jonathan sit down and start talking about “awards season”, a short period in the science fiction year that runs from February to November where we take time out to recognise all of the excellent work published in the preceding year. This year they’re getting to the job late, having already missed the announcement of the Crawford, the BSFA, and the Stoker ballots. Still, just in the nick of time, they take a moment to discuss possible 2018 Hugo Awards nominees, or at least possible fiction nominees, along with some encouragement for listeners to read, watch, and listen widely, and then nominate what they loved.
The announcement that nominations have opened for the Hugo Awards kicks off awards season in earnest. There is a lot of wonderful fiction out there and, having been fairly busy during 2017, I’ve been lucky enough to help what I think are some really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your consideration.
It was a year when I edited two new anthologies, three novellas for Tor.com Publishing, half a dozen stories for Tor.com, appeared on and produced 26 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast episodes, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 15th consecutive year.
This week, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we are joined by two authors whose own recent works celebrate that classic work.
John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus will be published in February, combining characters from Shelley’s classic and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, while Theodora Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, featuring a number of classic characters from 19th century fantastic fiction—including Frankenstein’s “daughter”–will be joined by its sequelEuropean Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman in July; both are part of her series “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.”
We touch upon Shelley’s work, the problems of writing narratives that exist within the spaces of earlier novels, whether or not Frankenstein was really the first science fiction novel, and—briefly—on the debt we all own to Ursula K. Le Guin after her passing earlier in the week.
As always, our thanks to our guests, Dora and John. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
Six years ago Gary Wolfe and I were privileged enough to get to chat with Ursula K. Le Guin about science fiction. The reason for the discussion was Margaret Atwood’s book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail. It is a marvellous discussion and one we thought we’d repost, given the sad news of Ursula’s death today.
Normal service resumes with a rambly episode after last week’s chat with Jane Yolen. Having decided what they were going to discuss beforehand, Gary and Jonathan immediately head off and start discussing something else altogether! It’s a ramble, it’s a chat, it’s very much business as usual.
Topics discussed this week include novellas, Kelly Robson’s “Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach”, the persistence of fairy tales in modern fantasy, and the new anthology Robots v. Fairies. The frankly dodgy Western Australian internet connection didn’t quite hold out until the end, so the chat ends a little short, though complete.
As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. Next week: John Kessel and Theodora Goss are scheduled to discuss their new novels and the fascination with Frankenstein.