Coode Street in 2017

When can you expect to hear The Coode Street Podcast during the second half of 2017? Well, that’s complicated. We typically record episodes of the podcast when we both are at home, or when one of us is at convention and we can use hotel wi-fi to connect and record. We also try to keep the podcast current, so we don’t have episodes stockpiled.

Given that Gary will be attending Readercon 28 (13-17 July) and we both will be attending WorldCon 75 (9-13 August) and traveling in Europe, there will be some breaks. At the moment we intend to have new episodes:

July 9
July 16 (depending on wi-fi etc)
July 23

We will then be on a hiatus from July 23 till August 3.

Normal weekly scheduling should resume and run through till November 19. We will then be on hiatus from November 20 until January 26. This long break is due to me working on my year’s best anthology and our shared commitment to working for Locus. Oh, and Christmas.

We plan to record some additional episodes during WorldCon that will be released during our hiatus.

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Episode 310: The Years Best Books So Far, the XPrize and more

We were away! We came back! We missed you! After an unexpected four week hiatus, and with another four week hiatus coming up, Gary and Jonathan took some time to catch up with one another, discuss what they’d both been reading lately, consider the XPrize fiction projection Seat 14C, and have a chat about the best books of the year they’ve read so far. A lot for a chat a little under an hour, but rambling will get them there.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. We will be back next week with more!

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Episode 309: Epic fantasy, Campbell Awards and more

Gary and Jonathan are back with a rambling conversation that touches on epic fantasy and its relationship to privilege, the recently announced Campbell Award ballot, Gary’s theory on perspective, recent books they’ve read and more. They also discuss hiatuses, missed episodes and how to subscribe to the podcast.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!  

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Greg Egan’s Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley, Greg Egan (Ilustration by Mark Smith).
Uncanny Valley, Greg Egan (Ilustration by Mark Smith).

I have been acquiring original fiction for Tor.com for a while now, both for the website and for their novella program.  The latest, and one of my favourites, is a new science fiction novelette by Greg Egan.

This is the blurb for “Uncanny Valley”:

Immortality, but at what price, in what form, and how could you be you? In the near future it’s possible to build a new you, a better you, one that could carry on forever.  But if you could carry on, if you could make choices about who you would be forever, how much of your past would you bring with you? Would you be tempted to maybe…edit? Adam isn’t all that he used to be, but he wants to be.

It’s classic Egan, powerful and challenging. The terrific artwork is by Mark Smith (another inspired choice by Irene Gallo), and the story will be out to read and own in August of this year.

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Episode 308: Paul Kincaid, Ken Macleod, and the works of Iain (M) Banks

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Any time the Coode Street Podcast connects with the United Kingdom it’s a special occasion. Jonathan stays up until the dead of night (often with a whisky in hand), while Gary is driven out of bed and into the arms of coffee. This week, in the face of puzzling technical difficulties, Jonathan and Gary are joined on the podcast by noted critic Paul Kincaid and award-winning writer Ken Macleod to discuss Paul’s new book on the work of Iain Banks, science fiction, writing in Scotland, and much more.

The aforementioned technical difficulties do mean there’s echo on the line from Scotland, for which we apologise. We’ve tried to minimise it as much as possible, and think the conversation is worth persevering with, but are sorry the overall quality isn’t a bit better. We hope you’ll enjoy the episode and, as always, we should be back next week.

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