Podcast

Every week Gary K. Wolfe and I sit down for about an hour to discuss science fiction and other stuff. Sometimes guests join us, and very occasionally, we have special podcasts.

You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, or download episodes directly from here. Here’s a quick list of them all:

  • Episode 209: The Beginning of the End of 2014 We went to Washington DC to celebrate the 40th World Fantasy Convention and came back to the first books and stories of 2014. As long-time listeners know, this is the time when the season turns, when work beings on summing up the year we’ve had, and when the old year ends and the new one ...
  • Episode 208: Caitlin R Kiernan, Peter Straub and the literary uses of fantasy This past weekend the World Fantasy Convention was held in Arlington, Virginia. As part of the festivities, the Coode Street Podcast team produced the second ever “live” Coode Street Podcast. This time the wonderful Caitlin R. Kiernan and Peter Straub joined Jonathan and Gary to discuss: The Literary Uses of Fantasy Panelists: Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, ...
  • Episode 207: Kameron Hurley and The Mirror Empire 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. As always, we would like to thank Kameron for joining us on the podcast, and hope you enjoy ...
  • Episode 206: Peter Halasz, Robert J. Sawyer and Canadian SF 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 ...
  • Episode 205: Ken Liu and Chinese Science Fiction 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 ...
  • Episode 204: Books we’re looking forward to, or the shopping list episode This week Gary and Jonathan, aware that the Festive Season and more are in front of us all, sit down with the most recent ‘Forthcoming Books’ issue of Locus and do their best to assemble a quick, on-the-fly list of books we’re looking forward to from October through to May next year. As Gary and Jonathan both ...
  • Episode 203: Alisa Krasnostein, Sean Williams and the State of Australian SF Sure that we were on to something, we decided to follow up last week’s discussion of the State of British SF with Paul Kincaid and Nina Allan with a discussion about the State of Australian SF with editor/publisher Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press and bestselling Australian SF writer Sean Williams. While there is always more that could be said ...
  • Episode 202: Nina Allan, Paul Kincaid and the State of British Science Fiction This week something special. Following on from conversations at the London Worldcon, and articles by Martin Petto (*) and others, Gary and Jonathan are joined by Nina Allan and Paul Kincaid to discuss the state of British science fiction. Are we having breakfast in the ruins, or is there hope to be found on the bookshelves? Mentioned ...
  • Episode 201: Moving on… Time to get back to the conversation and put the wonderful LonCon experience behind us. With episode 201, Jonathan and Gary sit down to continue their ongoing discussion of science fiction, fantasy and other stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode.
  • Episode 200: Robinson, Silverberg, Walton and Loncon! The first episode of the three time Hugo Award nominated Coode Street Podcast went out to the world on Saturday 8 May 2010. There was no intention to start a regular podcast, or an ongoing conversation with and about science fiction, but that’s what happened. In the four years since we recorded that first episode little ...
  • Episode 199: Loncon, Hugos and the future of SF And we’re back! After traveling for far too long and having had a wonderful time in London at what may have been the biggest and best WorldCon ever, our intrepid commentators are back on Coode St pondering (at length, alas!) what made Loncon a success, the Hugo Awards results, and the future and purpose of ...
  • Episode 198: John Clute, science fiction and Loncon With Loncon3, the largest WorldCon in history disappearing into the rear-view mirror, convention guest of honour John Clute joins Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss fantastika, the mission of science fiction, the SF Encyclopedia and much more. In the run-up to episode 200, recorded live in London, we’ll probably have a wrap-up episode shortly. Till ...
  • Episode 197: Readercon, the World Fantasy Awards and more With our intrepid hosts preparing to head off to Europe for a sojourn in France before attending WorldCon in London (the biggest Worldcon ever!!), it seems like everything is happening in the gap between now and then. To fill the moments, a new episode(!) where Gary’s time at Readercon, the Shirley Jackson Awards, the World ...
  • Episode 196: Bill Shafer and Subterranean Press This week our intrepid podcasters are joined by Subterranean Press publisher and founder Bill Schafer to discuss science fiction, publishing and the evolution of one science fiction, fantasy and horror’s most important specialty publishers. We would like to thank Bill for joining and, as always, hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 195: Joe Monti and Saga Press This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Joe Monti, executive editor of the newly formed Saga Press. We discuss bookselling, the current marketplace, Saga’s upcoming books and more. As always, our sincere thanks to Joe for being part of the podcast. We hope you enjoy the discussion, and we’ll see you next week!
  • Episode 194: Daniel Keyes and Questions from the audience Our intrepid podcasters discuss the sad news about the recent passing of Flowers for Algernon author Daniel Keyes and answer questions from the audience. Not quite the usual ramble, but pretty close to it. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. More next week!
  • Episode 193: Academic Exercises, genre and pants 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. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 192: Anne Leckie, gender and Ancillary Justice 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 ...
  • Episode 191: Jeff VanderMeer and the Southern Reach An exciting week at Coode Street as New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer joins us in the Gershwin Room to discuss his new “Southern Reach” trilogy, the Hugo nominated Wonderbook and much, much more. As always, our thanks to Jeff for joining us, and we hope you enjoy the podcast. See you next week!
  • Episode 190: James Bradley, science fiction, awards and more With Gary busy with other commitments. long-time friend of the podcast James Bradley drops by to talk about his new upcoming novel Clade, the value of science fiction, awards, and more. Our sincere thanks to James for making the time to chat, and, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 189: Joe Abercrombie, Half a King and dark fantasy This week we are joined by Joe Abercrombie, internationally best-selling author of the ‘First Law’ novels. His latest book Half-a-King, his first for young adults is due in-store in July. We discuss the novel, epic fantasy, how seriously epic fantasy is taken in the genre, and much more. As always, we’d like to thank Joe for ...
  • Episode 188: Mary Rickert and The Memory Garden With debut novel The Memory Garden just days from release, and a major new novella “The Mothers of Voorhisville” out at Tor.com, Mary Rickert joins our intrepid podcasters to discuss her novel, writing, mid-West Gothic, and many, many more interesting things. As always, we’d like to thank Mary for joining us and hope you enjoy the ...
  • Episode 187: On the perception of SF today and some rambling It’s been a while since our two intrepid podcasters journeyed together to the Gershwin Room high above the Coode Street Motel Six to ramble over an early morning cup of coffee and late evening glass of wine, but with little else to discuss that is just what they did. In a rambling discussing they touched on ...
  • Episode 186: Hugo Awards 2014 with John DeNardo and Tansy Rayner Roberts repost Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the nominees for the 2014 Hugo and Campbell Awards. As is our practice, this week we have a special episode of the podcast devoted to discussing the awards and all of the wonderful nominees.  We are very grateful to John De Nardo (of SF Signal)  and ...
  • Episode 185: Heinlein, Awards and such With awards season picking up, we try to avoid talking about them and pretty much fail. There is other stuff: on reading Heinlein today and the new bio that’s coming out, who would make the Big 5 in SF now etc. It’s a bit rambly, it’s a bit Coode St. As always we hope you enjoy ...
  • Episode 184: Nnedi Okorafor and Lagoon On the eve of the publication of her new adult science fiction novel, Lagoon, the wonderful Nnedi Okorafor joins our intrepid podcasts to discuss the evolution of the book, what she’s been working on since  we last spoke in April 2012, Nigerian literature, and much more. As always, our thanks to Nnedi and we hope you all ...
  • Episode 183: On nominating for the Hugos and Lucius Shepard As always, we get everything the wrong way round. Having just returned from the glades of Florida, a land of mocktails and alligators, Gary joins Jonathan to discuss the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, nominating for the Hugo Awards, and the career of the late Lucius Shepard (which they should have started ...
  • Episode 182: Steven Erikson and Ian McDonald This week Gary is in Florida at the International Conference in the Arts where he is joined by Steven Erikson, author of the bestselling ‘Malazan Empire’ series of epic fantasy novels, and Ian McDonald, author of River of Gods, Dervish House, and the Planesrunner series.  The sound quality is not ideal, but the conversation is fascinating, and a rare one Jonathan ...
  • Episode 181: Eileen Gunn, questionable practices and the purposes of science fiction This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Nebula Award winning writer Eileen Gunn to discuss her new short story collection, Questionable Practices, her upcoming article for the Smithsonion magazine on the purpose of science fiction, her novel in progress(!), and much, much more. As always, our sincere thanks to Eileen for being part of the podcast. We hope you enjoy ...
  • Episode 180: Kelley Eskridge, Nicola Griffith, Hild, historicity and genre… Battling the fickle beast that is Skype, this week Jonathan and Gary talk to Kelley Eskridge and Nicola Griffith about the recently released Nebula ballot and what it might say about SF today, Nicola’s recent novel Hild, Kelley’s novel Solitaire, science fiction as a way of reading, language, politics and a lot more. In many ways this episode isn’t so ...
  • Episode 179: James Bradley, Garth Nix, Sean Williams and Australian SF Faced with another relentless summer’s day in Perth and icy Chicago winter evening, Jonathan and Gary turn to long-time friends of the podcast James Bradley, Garth Nix, and Sean Williams, luxuriating in a cool Sydney summer afternoon, to discuss Australian fiction, young adult fiction, and the works of Neville Shute in a wide-ranging conversation that ...
  • Episode 178: On importance and important science fiction With a new season of the Coode Street Podcast well under way, Gary and Jonathan connected up between the icy wilds of Chicago and the sunny streets of Melbourne, to discuss “importance” in science fiction. What does “important” mean anyway, what works are “important” and so on. As always, we hope you enjoy the discussion!
  • Episode 177: Kij Johnson, science fiction and the Booker Prize As snow and ice freeze the North American heartlands, long-time friend of the podcast Kij Johnson agreed to travel across a frozen Kansas City to find a place where she could Skype in to the Waldorf Room to join Gary and Jonathan in discussion. This time Gary threw out a question to kick start the discussion: ...
  • Episode 176: Liza Groen Trombi and the Locus Recommended Reading List Every February US science fiction and fantasy industry trade journal Locus  publishes an annual ‘Year in Review” issue that includes overviews, summaries, reports and an eagerly awaited ‘Recommended Reading List’. With the February issue safely complete and either already in eager digital reader’s inboxes or winging its way to them in print courtesy of international postal services, ...
  • Episode 175 cont’d: Gary’s books to look for in 2014 As promised, following on from Ep 175 going live, here’s Gary Wolfe’s list of books he’s Looking Forward to in 2014: The Adjacent, Christopher Priest (Gollancz,2013/Titan, March) The Arrows of Time, Greg Egan (Gollancz, 2013/Night Shade, March) Questionable Practices: Stories, Eileen Gunn (Small Beer, March) The Memory Garden, M. Rickert (Sourcebooks, May) My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor, May) Beautiful Blood, Lucius ...
  • Episode 175: We return and talk about new books in 2014 It’s been a long time since the last episode. In late November Jonathan and Gary sat down to record a final episode before commencing a lengthy hiatus.  After nearly two months, though, normal service returns! This week Jonathan and Gary announce the winner and shortlist for the 2014 Crawford Award, begin thinking about Loncon3 (the 2014 ...
  • Episode 174: Rachel Swirsky Redux The Coode Street Podcast is a full service podcast. While Gary and Jonathan are on vacation, we asked long-time listener Cat Sparks to select some classic episodes that we could send out to entertain and enlighten in their absence. This week Cat has selected a discussion with award winning author Rachel Swirksy. When we spoke to ...
  • Episode 173: Ellen Datlow Redux The Coode Street Podcast is a full service podcast. While Gary and Jonathan are on vacation, we asked long-time listener Cat Sparks to select some classic episodes that we could send out to entertain and enlighten in their absence. This week Cat has selected a discussion with multiple award winning editor Ellen Datlow. Last year Ellen ...
  • Episode 172: Robert Shearman and Howard Waldrop Redux The Coode Street Podcast is a full service podcast. While Gary and Jonathan are on vacation, we asked long-time listener Cat Sparks to select some classic episodes that we could send out to entertain and enlighten in their absence. Next up are brilliant short story writer Robert Shearman, and living legend Howard Waldrop, who spoke to ...
  • Episode 171: Graham Joyce redux The Coode Street Podcast is a full service podcast. While Gary and Jonathan are on vacation, we asked long-time listener Cat Sparks to select some classic episodes that we could send out to entertain and enlighten in their absence. First up is Graham Joyce, who Gary and Jonathan spoke to back in November 2012. At the ...
  • Episode 170: Live with Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman is always wonderful to sit down and talk to about how great stories are created, and is always ready to discuss how the great writers of the past have influenced him and his work. During an extra special episode of the Coode Street Podcast, Neil joins Gary and Jonathan in a rare quiet moment at ...
  • Episode 169: Live with Paul McAuley This October the Coode Street commentary team travelled to Brighton, England for the 2013 World Fantasy Convention. In amongst too much drinking and late night conversation, they managed to record two engaging conversations for your enjoyment. The first of these was with long-time Coode Street favourite, Paul McAuley.    Over the period of about an hour, while hotel airconditioning ...
  • Episode 168: Terminology, hard SF and other inexactiudes After an unexpected break the Coode Street Podcast returns to discuss the use of terminology in genre, Linda Nagata’s recent io9 article on hard SF, and other things large and small. Assuming nothing unexpected happens, this episode marks the final official recording session for the podcast before our long holiday hiatus. New episodes recorded in Brighton will appear ...
  • Episode 167: On Hild, History, Genre and WFC This week our two commentators, emerging from the pall of jetlag and the reality of impending deadlines, turn their attentions to what is intrinsic to science fiction as a genre, what SF & fantasy has in common with historical fiction, the terrible burden of having to read lots of books, and Nicola Griffith’s acclaimed sixth ...
  • Episode 166: From the far side of jet lag Warning: This Podcast Contains Incoherent Rambling.  Freshly returned from the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England, our intrepid podcasters peer through a veil of jetlag to discuss the World Fantasy Awards and the happenings of what was a wholly memorable trip. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 165: Questions from the audience While our intrepid podcasters brave the wilds of London, a new episode for you (hopefully)! With no specific topic in mind, and having sent a greeting to Sleepless in Wagga, Gary and Jonathan answer questions: from Guy in Toronto about single malt whisky; from Fred in New Jersey on: Clifford Simak. Cordwainer Smith. Fritz Leiber. Are they forgotten?; Agents ...
  • Episode 164: Notes from just beneath the debt ceiling In which the Coode Street team philosophize about the nature of science fiction, what the future means, whether it is inevitable or knowable, and what that means for science fiction. Other matters are also discussed. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 163: On overlooked books of 2013… In the run up to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton our podcasting heroes are keeping it pretty much one-on-one, with no guest again this week.  In amongst other rambling, Gary and Jonathan they talk about some overlooked books of 2013 (Gary had a list), what “overlooked” means, and how a book gets to be ...
  • Episode 162: Live with Rachel Swirsky This week, just following the publication of her major short story collection How the World Became Quiet, we are joined by Nebula Award and SFWA Vice President Rachel Swirsky to discuss writing short stories, the business of science fiction and much more. As always, we would like to thank Rachel for joining us, and hope you ...
  • Episode 161: On the toxicity of literary canon After a long sequence of discussions with wonderful guests, it’s just Gary and Jonathan alone in the Waldorf Room once more. This week, after a brief chat about the forthcoming World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, their attention turns to how literary canons are formed, the potential toxicity of the canon forming concept and other matters. ...
  • Episode 160: Live with Paolo Bacigalupi With WorldCon a dwindling memory, Jonathan and Gary are joined by passionate, articulate and always fun to talk to special guest Printz, Hugo, Nebula, Campbell and Sturgeon award-winning writer Paolo Bacigalupi and discuss his brand new middle-grade novel Zombie Baseball Beatdown, exciting news about his second adult SF novel The Water Knife, new YA novel The Doubt Factory, and much more. As ...
  • Episode 159: Live with Kij Johnson and John Kessel At the recent San Antonio WorldCon, Gary was joined by special guest co-host Kij Johnson and award-winning author John Kessel (both long time friends of the podcast) to discuss the works of the late, great Alfred Bester. Our sincere thanks to both Kij and John. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 158: Live with Malcolm Edwards and David G. Hartwell Recorded live in San Antonio, Texas at  LoneStarCon 3, this week’s episode sees our intrepid podcasters once again depending on the vagaries of hotel internet connections and Skype calls to bring you the very best in science fiction podcasting. This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by Malcolm Edwards, Managing Director of Orion Books, and David G. Hartwell, ...
  • Episode 157: Live with Ellen Datlow This weekend in San Antonio, Texas the 71st World Science Fiction Convention is in full swing. Parties are being held, discussions had, panels attended and science fiction celebrated. In amongst it all, Ellen Datlow is being toasted as Guest of Honour, a richly deserved recognition of the amazing contribution this nine-time World Fantasy and five time Hugo Award winner ...
  • Episode 156: Live with Sofia Samatar This week Jonathan and Gary are joined in the Gershwin Room by Sofia Samatar, author of the brilliant debut fantasy novel A Stranger in Olondria, which was published by Small Beer Press this April. In a wide-ranging discussion, we look at the origins of  A Stranger in Olondria, re-encountering genre fiction, the power of language and how we encounter ...
  • Episode 155: Live with Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages A little late due to technical issues, but here is Episode 155 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week we asked master storytellers Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages to join us in the Gershwin Room to discuss the writing life, short fiction, collaboration and their forthcoming Tor.com novella “Wakulla Springs”. As always, our sincere thanks to ...
  • Episode 154: Live with James Bradley With WorldCon looming in the near future and news of the World Fantasy Awards just around the corner, award-winning writer and critic James Bradley joins Jonathan and Gary in the Waldorf Room to discuss the best in recent science fiction and fantasy. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast! 00:00 Introduction 01:50 On Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the ...
  • Episode 153: On Sharknado, politics, and international SF It was another typical day in the office for the Coode Street team. Having taken the time and made the effort to ascend to the Gershwin Room (there are a LOT of stairs), having avoided the temptations of the Tiki Lounge, having decided not to simply spend their time gossiping, Gary and Jonathan instead turn ...
  • Episode 152: The discussion continues After all of the excitement of broadcasting from ReaderCon with Rob Shearman and Howard Waldrop, Gary and Jonathan turn back to more typical discussion of matters science fictional in an all new podcast that, as always, comes to you live from the Waldorf Room. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 151: Live with Robert Shearman and Howard Waldrop The great Lost Podcasts of 2012 are a part of Coode Street Podcast lore. A sad and painful memory of four wonderful conversations ever lost to perfidious technology. This week one of the participants in those conversations, brilliant short story writer Robert Shearman, and living legend Howard Waldrop, join Gary and Jonathan in a special podcast recorded ...
  • Episode 150: Live with John Crowley and Peter Straub! This week the Coode Street Podcast, or part of it, is on the move! With Readercon 24 in full swing, Gary has travelled to Burlington, Massachusetts and has corralled award-winning author of Little Big and the Aegypt sequence, John Crowley, and long-time friend of the podcast Peter Straub to take part in a fascinating discussion of genre and other things. As ...
  • Episode 149: Awards, Matheson and the Year to Date In what is definitely the latest official instalment of the Coode Street Podcast, Gary and Jonathan sneak past the Jerome Kern Memorial Habachi Stand and settle down just near the Richard Rogers Habachi Grill to discuss many things. In an incredible development, this time the Production Gnomes of Coode Street have been able to produce ...
  • Episode 148: Playing for time As any regular listener knows all too well, hotel wifi is an unreliable friend. With Gary away in Seattle at the Locus Awards weekend, we recorded this “safety” episode to make sure you’d have your weekly Coode Street fix, It was recorded on June 23, and amongst other things we discuss the very ...
  • Episode 147: Live with M. John Harrison! This week M. John Harrison, award-winning author of Viriconium, The Course of the Heart, the “Empty Space” trilogy, and Climbers, joins Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss publishing his new ‘Autotelia’ story “Cave and Julia” as a Kindle single, the literalisation of metaphor, pathways to reading the “Empty Space” trilogy, the influence of Arthur Machen on his ...
  • Episode 146: Live with E. Lily Yu! This week we’re delighted to welcome E. Lily Yu to the podcast. We discuss her work, writing, and all sorts of other stuff.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. And, if you get the chance, try some of Lily’s terrific new stories! “The Urashima Effect,” Clarkesworld (June 2013). “The Forgetting Shiraz,” Boston Review (May/June 2013). “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly,” Apex Magazine (May ...
  • Episode 145: Live with Christopher Barzak and Mary Rickert This week, following a failed attempt at Wiscon, the incredible M. Rickert and Christopher Barzak make the long Skype-complicated journey to the Gershwin Room to talk to Gary and Jonathan about Wiscon, fantasy, living in the Mid-West, tribalism, Christopher’s fantastic new collection Before and Afterlives,  and all sorts of other interesting things.  Mary also gave the Podcast a huge news ...
  • Episode 144: On bookstores and lifetime achievement With Gary just returned from Madiscon, Wisconsin, the glorious Concourse Hotel and the fun of Wiscon 37, where hotel wi-fi frustrated plans for live podcasting, he joined Jonathan in the Waldorf Room high above the Coode Street Motel Six to discuss the role of bookstores in helping readers to find unexpected, books we’ve not read ...
  • Episode 143: A journey from new SF to politicised editing Once again our hardy commentators, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, climbed the stairs to the Waldorf Room, high above the Coode Street Motel Six, took in the breathtaking views of the science fiction field that can only be seen from the Gernsback Bar, and held forth on matters SFnal, including new and recent SF, ...
  • Episode 142: After an unexpectedly long hiatus, a return! After an extended break caused by travel and illness, our intrepid science fictioneers return to the Waldorf Room to continue their ongoing discussion of the science fiction field. There’s every chance that some week now they’ll find something new to talk about, but until now the old topics of awards, anthologies, conventions, and stuff will ...
  • Coode Street on hiatus With family and travel plans complicating things, the Coode Street Podcast is going on a brief hiatus. We’ll be away for the next two weeks, returning 5 May 2013.   We hope life treats you gently between now and then, and look forward to being back in your podcast lists soon!
  • Episode 141: Oh, no! Another awards discussion There really wasn’t much excuse, except that our two heroes found themselves in the Gershwin Room with no idea at all about what they would discuss and so, with apologies, they ended up discussing awards again.  It wasn’t intended, the discussion is being had elsewhere anyway, and solemn promises have been made that it will ...
  • Episode 140: Live with Nalo Hopkinson This week we invited award-winning writer and anthologist Nalo Hopkinson to join us in the Waldorf Room to discuss her writing career, science fiction and fantasy, her upcoming visit to Australia as Guest of Honour at Conflux: The Australian National Science Fiction Convention, and her new novel Sister Mine. We’d like to thank Nalo for being ...
  • Episode 139: Live with Kij Johnson This morning Lonestarcon, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, released the 2013 Hugo Awards Ballots. The Coode Street Podcast was nominated for Best Fancast, and we would like to thank everyone who nominated us. As part of the Hugo Awards discussions, we invited fellow nominee and Coode Street regular Kij Johnson, to join us in ...
  • Episode 138: Live with Joe and Gay Haldeman Returning from a brief hiatus, this week the Coode Street team avoided the Gershwin Room, instead heading down to Florida for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, where Gary persuaded Joe and Gay Haldeman to join us on the podcast to discuss The Forever War, the writing life and the soon ...
  • Episode 136: On Benchmarks, Budrys and awards In amongst life’s many demands, the intrepid Coode Street team, madly humming the theme to the Muppet Show, once again ascended to the Waldorf Room to take in the view and to discuss science fiction’s many pleasures. This time they touch on a new collection of Algis Budrys reviews, Benchmarks Continued, recently published by Ansible ...
  • Episode 135: Cecelia Holland on River of Stars This week Gary and Jonathan are joined in the Waldorf Room by the fabulous Cecelia Holland, leading historical novelist and author of Floating Worlds among many, many other fine books, to discuss writing, fantasy, and historical fiction. The podcast features a close to spoiler free  discussion of River of Stars, the excellent new novel from ...
  • Episode 134: On digital texts Once again, with almost no preparation, we head up to the Gershwin Room and end up discussing reviewing, digital texts, and other related issues. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 133: On Locus, recommended reading, Neptune’s Brood and more This week the Coode Street team headed back to the Waldorf Room high in the Coode Street Motel Six to discuss the annual Locus Year in Review issue, the publishing industry, and other matters.  We also briefly discuss two forthcoming novels, Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars and Charles Stross’s Neptune’s Brood. The Locus Recommended Reading List ...
  • Episode 132: On context, books, and awards Back to the Waldorf Room where, in troubled times, the Coode Street podcast team meet to discuss publishing artifacts as framing devices, Bruce Sterling’s new book, awards eligibility and possibly other stuff. We even shamelessly mention that this podcast is eligible for Hugo Award nomination (you have been warned). As always, we hope you enjoy ...
  • Episode 131: Live with Nancy Kress! With Gary’s commitments fulfilled, we once again headed to the Gershwin Room, where we were joined by award-winning writer Nancy Kress to discuss writing, science fiction, the future, and all sorts of other interesting stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and will see you next week!
  • Podcast: Not this week The stools are up and the floors are being cleaned in the Gershwin Room. The Motel Six is empty and your hosts are taking a week-long hiatus for personal reasons. We hope to be back with a new episode by 17 January, but apologise for the unexpected interruption to service. More soon.
  • Episode 130: Contemporary fantasy, lists and other things The quiet days after the New Year, when Coode Street scribes spend their days slowly summarising the moments of the  year just gone and contemplating what the year ahead might bring, pass slowly in the chill of Chicago and the sweltering heat of the Antipodes. With little specific to discuss, we nonetheless headed to the ...
  • Episode 129: In which the year ends…. This week we headed up to the Gershwin Room to discuss the recently announced Locus All Time Poll results, writing for the end of the year and other similarly pre-New Year’s Eve kinds of things. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 128: Live with Gene Wolfe! This week we’re joined in the Gershwin Room by newly annointed SFWA Grand Master Gene Wolfe to discuss writing, his work, his new novel, and much more.  We had hoped to feature listener questions, and would like to sincerely thank everyone who sent questions in, but they ended up not quite fitting the format. We ...
  • Episode 127: Live with Maureen McHugh This week we return to the Gershwin Room to chat with Maureen McHugh, award-winning author of novels China Mountain Zang, Half the Day is Night, Mission Child, and Nekropolis, and the short story collections Mothers and Other Monsters and After the Apocalypse. We discuss her time in Los Angeles and how it is affecting her ...
  • Episode 126: In which rambling continues… After a long delay due to technical issues with our hosting service, Podbean, we are now able to bring you the latest episode of The Coode Street Podcast. Episode 126 was recorded on Sunday, 9 December by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, who rambled about various subjects to do with science fiction and fantasy. ...
  • Episode 125: Of lists and rambling In one of our most problem-free podcasts of recent times, Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan return to the Waldorf Room high atop the corporate tower that is the Coode Street Motel Six to discuss lists, the Locus All-Time Poll that has just closed, and essays/articles by Paul McAuley on “Lets Put the Future Behind Us” ...
  • Episode 124: Live with Graham Joyce And now the podcast that technology did not want you to hear! When the Coode Street team traveled to Toronto, Canada for the 2012 World Fantasy Convention we planned and recorded a series of podcasts that have become known as the Great Lost Coode St Podcasts. Five podcasts cruelly wiped by idiosyncratic technology (and definitely ...
  • Episode 123: Getting back in the groove With jetlag slowly disappearing into the haze of memory, we once again ascended to the Waldorf Room high above the Coode St Motel 6 to discuss science fiction, list making, new writers, C.J. Cherryh, recnogition and other stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 122: And we’re back! And just like that, World Fantasy Convention is a thing of the past. Awards were won, podcasts lost, and good times had by all.  This week, suffering from terrible jetlag, we muddle through a rambling discussion of some of the high points of the week in Toronto. Apologies for the odd stereo on this one. ...
  • Episode 121: A Quick One While We’re Away Suffering a little from lack of sleep prior to heading off to Toronto for World Fantasy Convention, Gary and I headed up to the Waldorf Room and recorded a short podcast to keep you going till we get back. As always, we hope you enjoy it!
  • Episode 120: Live with James Bradley With the days flying by as we race towards the official appearance of The Coode St Podcast team at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto in two weeks, award-winning author and critic James Bradley joined us in the Waldorf Room to discuss science fiction, literary fiction and all sorts of other stuff. As always, we ...
  • Episode 119: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! This week Gary and I sit down with very little planned and just talk about us.  We spent a little time discussing: Gary’s Library of America series Eclipse: Online We hope you’ll forgive our poor planning self-indulgence and that you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 118: Live with Kij Johnson! Not so long ago we were lucky enough to have the wonderful Kij Johnson, author of the new story collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees, join us in the Waldorf Room to discuss gender, transgressive fiction and other cool stuff.  That conversation was never completed, so were eager to have her back ...
  • Episode 117: Live with Kathleen Ann Goonan This week we were joined in the Waldorf Room by Campell Award winning author Kathleen Ann Goonan, where we discussed the future of science fiction, teaching SF, nanotechnology, women writing hard science fiction,  her new collection Angels and You Dogs, the Nanotech Quartet, and her most recent novel, This Shared Dream.  As always, we hope ...
  • Episode 116: Live with Paul Kincaid! During Episode 115 of the Podcast we discussed Paul Kincaid’s review essay, “The Widening Gyre” (originally published by the LA Review of Books). In the essay, while reviewing three ‘best of the year’ anthologies, Paul asked whether science fiction was suffering from exhaustion and, more importantly perhaps, whether writers had lost confidence that the future ...
  • Episode 115: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! We are back after an unexpected break over the WorldCon weekend. We intended to have a podcast for you, and to record many, many exciting interviews. Instead, life took over and we did something else. However, we were back in the Gershwin Room this weekend to discuss the Hugo Awards, Paul Kincaid’s LA Times article on ...
  • Episode 114: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! This week Gary and I have a quick sixty-six minute chat about Fourth Generation SF, some of my anthologies, WorldCon, the SF Awards Database, and so on. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Last Short Story podcast So, I have a new podast….<g>   I want to say I didn’t mean to have a new podcast, it wasn’t my idea and so on, but it was. As long time readers and listeners will know, I’m part of the Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth reading group. About a month ago ...
  • Episode 113: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, James Patrick Kelly, and John Kessel! This week award-winning authors and celebrated anthologists James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel join Gary and I to discuss their upcoming anthology Digital Rapture, their anthology work generally, and whether science fiction has a mission! As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
  • Episode 112: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Genevieve Valentine! And this week the wonderful Genevieve Valentine joins us in the Waldorf Room to discuss Readercon and harrassment at conventions, steampunk, dystopias and After  and the recently released World Fantasy Awards ballot.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 111: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Once again Gary and Jonathan ascend to the Waldorf Room high above the Coode St Motel Six, to find there’s not all that much happening in SF right now (where IS that World Fantasy Awards ballot?), and so they discuss books to give to people who are interesting in reading SF for the first time ...
  • Episode 110: Live with Gary K. Wolfe After a final July hiatus we’re back! This weekend Gary and I headed to the Waldorf Room to discuss thoughts on Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 and SF set within our Solar System, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipients Alan Garner and George R.R. Martin, and recent issues at Readercon. As always, we hope you enjoy ...
  • The Writer and the Critic: Episode 21 When I was in Melbourne last month I was delighted to be invited to appear as a guest on Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond’s podcast, The Writer and the Critic. I had a wonderful evening out at Kirstyn’s house talking about life, the universe and podcasting, as well as getting to talk about Sean Stewart’s ...
  • Episode 109: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Caitlin R. Kiernan & Peter Straub!! After a short break, we’re back! Gary travelled to Massachusetts to attend Readercon 23 and managed to persuade convention guests of honor Caitlin R. Kiernan and Peter Straub to join us to discussCaitlin’s most recent novel The Drowning Girl,  writing, Readercon and much, much more. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Scheduling Even high atop the Coode Street Motel 6 we’re aware of the pressures of time passing. Deadlines pile up, rather less attractively than fresh falls of snow early in the Winter, and July looks set to be a month when things Must Be Done: stories edited, books delivered and so on. And time is limited. So, ...
  • Episode 108: Live with Gary K. Wolfe & Amelia Beamer!! At the risk of repeating ourselves, we invited new Perth resident and fabulous writer Amelia Beamer, our very first guest, to join us to chat about taking time away from the field, reading science fiction and much else of tinterest. As always we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 107: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link! After much re-scheduling, this weekend authors, editors, and Small Beer supremos Gavin Grant and Kelly Link join Gary and I  in the Waldorf Room to discuss publishing, science fiction and, well, stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 106: Live with Gary K. Wolfe & Kij Johnson! With the Locus Awards weekend in full swing in Seattle, Kij Johnson joined Gary in the official Coode St Suite and Jonathan in his office at home via the magic of Skype to discuss her amazing new Small Beer short story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees, transgressive fiction, gender, life and ...
  • Episode 105: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Episode 105, in which Jonathan joins Gary in achieving ConventionFail by failing to record a single podcast at Continuum 8 (the Australian National Science Fiction Convention), but instead gets to discuss the convention, the Writer & the Critic podcast, the Tiptree awards and Jonathan possibly having said too much elsewhere, and the recent death of ...
  • Episode 104: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! And with the Waldorf Room closed, Gary and I retired to the wine bar high atop the Coode Street Motel 6 to chat about stuff. These notes might be more clear, were I not rushing for a plane, but I can guarantee it contains waffling and is definitely 100% Coode!
  • Episode 103: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! The Coode Street Productions Multinational World Domination Unit sent Gary to Madison, Wisconsin with the idea that, perhaps, we might do a Wiscon-related podcast. Time and circumstance meant that instead we spent far too long discussing the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. What is it they say: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men. . ...
  • Episode 102: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With the sun slowly setting over the Coode Street Motel 6, Gary and I headed for the Waldorf Room to record episode 102 of the podcast. For the first time in two years we had show notes, we had plans, and we had news: surely nothing could go wrong!  Surely! We had much to discuss: the Nebula ...
  • Episode 101: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! From high atop the Coode Street Motel Six, deep in the Waldorf Room,  Gary and I fired up the podcasting equipment to bring you episode 101 where, finally, we come to an appreciation of which convention we correspond to, while discussing the recently released Campbell Memorial Award ballot, the SF Hall of Fame, and other ...
  • Episode 100: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! It’s our 100th episode and our 2nd Anniversary! Bereft of even so much as a good champagne-cork-popping sound effect we discuss the podcast, the recently announced Locus Awards ballot, consensus in science fiction and who is the new Dean of Science Fiction, and touch on what we’ve been reading lately. We had all sorts of grandiose ...
  • Episode 99: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! On the cusp of our 100th episode Gary and I fire up Skype to talk about year’s bests, awards, genre and other stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 98: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Nnedi Okorafor! After taking time off last week, Gary and I are back with Nnedi Okorafor,  award winning author of Who Fears Death, Akata Witch and many other wonderful books  and stories to discuss African science fiction, Nigeria, the World Fantasy Award and much, much more.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and will see ...
  • Episode 97: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Liza Groen Trombi! Chicon 7, the 70th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the nominees for the 2012 Hugo Awards (see list here). This morning, just hours after the ballot was announced, Gary and I were joined by Locus Executive Editor Liza Groen Trombi to chat about the ballot and all things Hugo. As always, we hope ...
  • Hugos! Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has anounced the nominees for the Hugo Awards and the Campbell Award.  You can see a full list of the nominees here. I am delighted and honored that The Coode Street Podcast has been nominated along with four other incredibly deserving nominees for Best Fancast, and heartened ...
  • Episode 96: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With Gary now safely home from Florida and all of that ICFA craziness, we sat down to discuss recent events. Most prominent on our minds was Christopher Priest’s passionate but somewhat controversial discussion of the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 95: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Klages, Karen Lord and Nalo Hopkinson! In the second of two podcasts recorded at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Gary and I are joined by Ellen Klages, Karen Lord, and Nalo Hopkinson for a discussion on writing, cover art and many other things. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 94: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Andy Duncan and Karen Joy Fowler! With the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in full swing, Gary called in with Andy Duncan and Karen Joy Fowler to discuss genre, short stories, writing novels, Andy’s first short story collection in eleven years, The Pottawottamie Giant and Other Stories, and much more! As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 93: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Peter Straub! With the Gene Wolfe event about to hit full swing in sunny Chicago, all sorts of fun things are happening in the windy city. This morning (Perth time) our good friend Peter Straub was visiting Gary’s stylish Chicago pied-à-terre, so we fired up the podcast and had a pre-dinner chat about literary boundaries, modern ...
  • Episode 92: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Michael Dirda! This week we’re joined by Pulitzer Prize award winning critic Michael Dirda to discuss his new book on Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Gene Wolfe and the golden age of story. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Service notice – The Coode St Podcast Podbean, the hosting service for The Coode Street Podcast, is experiencing technical difficulties. Podbean have advised that they are undergoing maintenance, but have provided no further information. To date, this “maintenance period” has extended for 24 hrs. We would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused Coode Street listeners. If the hosting ...
  • Episode 91: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda recently reviewed Keith Roberts’ magestic novel, Pavane, in The Washington Post, describing it as a fix-up novel, a term coined by the late A.E. van Vogt. The review sparked a conversation about fix-ups, what they are and where the term comes from, and how terminology forms in the SF field. ...
  • Episode 90: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! And then we rambled… After several weeks hosting some wonderful guests, this week Gary and I just fired up Skype and rambled away about stuff: the Nebulas, some old Hugos, whether having a Golden Age at all is a good idea.  While we apologise for the self-indulgence, we nonetheless hope you enjoy the podcast.  Only ...
  • Episode 89: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Barry Malzberg! This week Gary and I are joined by Campbell Memorial Award winning author Barry Malzberg to discuss the Library of America’s American Science Fiction Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, how the ’50s were the last “Hot Time” in science fiction (or not), and other matters science fictional.  As always, we hope you enjoy the ...
  • Episode 88: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Ellen Kushner! This week we invited award-winning actor, broadcaster, editor and writer Ellen Kushner to join us to discuss the excellent audiobook adaptation of her novel Swordspoint, which was recently released by Audible, her thoughts on the rise of audiobooks, and her many other projects.. The Witches of Lublin (Audible); and the audiobook of Swordspoint (US information; UK information). We ...
  • Episode 87: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! This weekend Gary and I discussed the Locus Recommended Reading list (very briefly), Gwenda Bond’s wonderful news, Saladin Ahmed’s new novel, subgenre’s and answered a lot of reader questions from Twitter. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 86: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! (and Sophie!) This week Gary and I start off discussing aspects of compiling ‘best of the year’ anthology, touch on genre drift and blur, move on to a few recent stories we’ve greatly admired, and then invite Sophie back at the very end of the ‘cast for a quick chat about her recent reading. As always, we ...
  • Episode 85: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Cheryl Morgan This week we’re delighted to welcome Cheryl Morgan back to the podcast after too long an absence to discuss the Hugo Awards, graphic stories, semiprozines, fancasts and all sorts of interesting eligibility questions, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast, and will see you ...
  • Episode 84: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Elizabeth Hand This week Elizabeth Hand joins us to discuss her two new novels, Available Dark and Radiant Days, as well as much more. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 83: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! For the first regular podcast of 2012 Gary and I answer listener “Cam from Canada’s” questions about Gene Wolfe (or try to), foreshadow some stuff for future episodes, briefly discuss Hugo nominations opening, chat about John Crowley’s work and some other stuff. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!
  • Episode 82: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With New Year’s Eve beckoning, but just out of reach, Gary and I fired up the pod one last time for 2011 to discuss Rusty Hevelin, the memory of the field, the year we had, and all sorts of other things. On a serious note, we would like to deeply and sincerely thank everyone who appeared ...
  • Episode 81: The Second Annual Boxing Day Super Mega Podcast As we observed last year, the day after Christmas is a special one, dedicated to winding down after a day of feasting and gift giving, laughter and merriment. Things slow down – unless you have a taste for the mega-discount sales – and people tend to relax with family. This morning, Perth time, at least, a ...
  • Episode 80: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! This week Gary and I discuss, among a handful of select boutique subjects influence, copyright, and the current discussion over the World Fantasy Awards.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. See you next week!
  • Episode 79: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Paul Cornell! With the holiday season upon us, Gary and I invited novelist, comics and TV writer (notably for Doctor Who and Action Comics) and long time podcast listener Paul Cornell to join us on the podcast to discuss all sorts of interesting things in what proved to be a very enjoyable conversation. As always, we hope ...
  • Episode 78: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With many thanks to young Sophie for joining us last week, Gary and I fired up our microphones and chatted about a veritable miscellany of SFnal stuff, including audiobooks, recommended reading, and such.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. If all goes to plan, we’ll be back next week with Paul Cornell. NB: My ...
  • Episode 77: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Sophie Strahan! This week Gary and I decided to vary things a little, inviting my ten-year-old daughter Sophie to join us to discuss a younger reader’s view on story, character and such. It makes for a very different Coode Street podcast, but we hope you’ll enjoy it, as always. Normal programming will resume next week!
  • Episode 76: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Things are still a little wobbly because jetlag and such, but Gary and I fired up Skype this morning and spent some time talking about the ways information gets used online, the SF Encyclopedia, when it’s a good time to do a “Best of” collection and I spent a little time raving about ...
  • Episode 75: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Having spent the past three weeks traveling (where his microphone disappeared in-transit), a heavily jetlagged Jonathan contacted Gary in Chicago to discuss the San Diego World Fantasy Convention, traveling, Amazon.com, and a number of other things.  Our apologies if Jonathan’s heavily jetlagged state led to a more garbled than usual discussion. ...
  • Episode 74: Redux Publishing podcasts from the iPad seems to be too much of a challenge, and I seem to have misposted the ep. with Stan Robinson. With apologies for possible duplication, here it is in a clean re-post. I’d also recommend re-subscribing via Podbean which would fix the problem.
  • Episode 74: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Kim Stanley Robinson At the recent World Science Fiction Convention held in Reno, Nevada we sat down with Kim Stanley Robinson to discuss his new novel, 2312.
  • Episode 73: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Alastair Reynolds At the recent WorldCon in Reno, Gary and I sat down to chat with Alastair Reynolds about, among other things, his new novel, Blue Remembered Earth.
  • Episode 72: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Ian McDonald At the recent WorldCon held in Reno, Gary and I sat down with Ian McDonald to discuss his new novel, Planesrunner, and a lot more. Note: Apologies for taking so long to get this cross posted here.
  • Episode 71: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Ursula K. Le Guin! This week saw the publication of Margaret Atwood’s new book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail.  We invited Ursula K. Le Guin to join us on the podcast to discuss Atwood, science fiction and her new book.  As ...
  • Episode 70: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! After a lot of discussion about buzz and best of the year matters, Gary and I wrench our attention away from such matters and move on to discuss the one true mission of science fiction, the matter of small presses in SF  (a little), and the new new new new new space opera.  As always, ...
  • Episode 69: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! As a continuation of our discussion on finding the best books of the year and understanding how buzz is generated, this week Gary and I turned to our reader’s comments (both here and over at my blog) about buzz;  the New Wave and women in SF, and much more.  We also ...
  • Episode 68: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Ian Mond!! This week Gary and I invited Ian Mond from The Writer and the Critic to join us to discuss recommending books and how buzz is generated around new or upcoming books each year.  We discuss the very welcome feedback we received on the subject before we began to ramble in earnest, going ...
  • Episode 67: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! It doesn’t feel like it, but the end of the science fiction year is not too far away, so Gary and I thought, in response to Ian Mond’s of Writer and the Critic, that we’d discuss possible award-likely texts, how books get buzz, and much more.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.    
  • Episode 66: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! After a sojourn due to Father’s Day, when we ran the very well received Jo Walton episode, Gary and I are are back on deck to discuss young adult science fiction, Ian McDonald, his new novel Planesrunner, Daryl Gregory and his new collection, robots and computerised houses, and a bit of waffle on the subject ...
  • Episode 65: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Jo Walton! Gary and I travelled to Reno, Nevada to attend Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention for 2011.  Over the weekend we recorded a handful of podcasts with friends, old and new, that we see to seldom. We’ll be publishing these over the coming month.  The first in the series is with Jo Walton, author of ...
  • Episode 64: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Last weekend Gary and I were in the slightly surreal space station environment of the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada for the World Science Fiction Convention, where we recorded upcoming podcasts with Ian McDonald, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jo Walton. This weekend we’re home and discuss the con (briefly), vow to avoid discussing ...
  • Episode 63: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! It looked, for a moment, that technical difficulties would prevent us getting this final pre-WorldCon podcast out to you, but we persevered, recording this one twice.  We discussed many things, including changing concepts of the field, books that we’re reading and so on.  We’ll be at WorldCon and look forward to meeting as many of ...
  • Episode 62: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With WorldCon bearing down on us like a freight train, there is packing to be done, panel preparation to be considered, and travel details to be finalised. Despite all of that, Gary and I found a moment to record the latest episode.  As always, we hope you enjoy it!
  • Episode 61: Republish We’ve had some unexpected problems with episode 61, and are republishing. Our apologies for the problem.
  • Episode 60: Live with John Clute and Gary K. Wolfe! In 1975 Peter Nichols, John Clute and Brian Stableford launched a project that would ultimately last for more than thirty six years, exceed four million words of careful scholarship, occupy at least three publishers, win  many awards, and be recognised as the most important reference work in the science fiction: The Science Fiction Encyclopedia. This week ...
  • Episode 59: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! As the weather in Perth turns cooler, and presumably as Spring prepares to give way to Summer in Chicago, Gary Wolfe and I once again take the chance to ramble on all subjects SFnal. This morning Gary was just home from a local convention and we discussed Marion Zimmer Bradley, art vs. craft, Robert Silverberg, ...
  • Episode 58: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! After a long week, and a flight home from Seattle for Gary we were back in the pod this morning where we discussed what people feel awards are for and how we react to them, how the year in science fiction and fantasy is going so far, Osama by Lavie Tidhar, and The Essential Lucy ...
  • Episode 57: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Terry Bisson, and Greg Bear Roving reporter Gary K. Wolfe checked in live from Seattle, where he and many of SF’s glitterati are gathered for the annual Locus Awards and the SF Hall of Fame, to discuss the Hall of Fame, the death of the paperback market and how it affected the SF field, first novelists and new writers, and ...
  • Episode 56: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Datlow and Peter Straub This week Gary’s on the road again, traveling to the East Coast to attend the HWA’s Stoker Awards weekend. He persuaded Ellen Datlow and Peter Straub to join us on the podcast to discuss horror, genre boundaries and related topics.
  • Episode 55: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With Gary home from his ICFA board meeting in Florida and Wiscon, we sat down to discuss cyberpunk, the ‘movement and radical hard SF, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link’s Steampunk!, first novels and a few other things. No awards were mentioned in the recording of this podcast.  
  • Episode 54: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Eileen Gunn, Ellen Klages, and Geoff Ryman! Last weekend Gary traveled to Madison, Wisconsin – home of Wiscon – where in amongst fine dinners and even finer conversation he managed to find time to ask Eileen Gunn, Ellen Klages and Geoff Ryman to join us on the podcast to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Tiptree Awards, Wiscon, the value of short ...
  • Episode 53: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Karen Lord! Last weekend Crawford Award-winning novelist Karen Lord joined Gary and I live from an undisclosed location in the Caribbean (well, when we say ‘undisclosed’ a LOT of frogs and just a few motorcycles seemed to know just where Karen was at the time) to discuss the impact of cultural perceptions on fantasy, her novel Redemption ...
  • Episode 52: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Liza Groen Trombi! This morning (Perth time) the Science Fiction Writers of America gathered in Washington DC to present the Nebula Awards.  The ceremony was videocast (see it here)  and the winners were announced to festive celebration (results are here). In the immediate aftermath Gary and I asked Locus editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi to join us in the ...
  • Episode 51: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With birthday celebrations now receding into the past (no baked goods were harmed in the recording of this podcast), Gary  and I turn our attention once more to matters at hand. The Locus Awards nominees have been announced, so we discuss the usefulness of awards, how 2010 looks in retrospect, and how ...
  • Episode 50: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Birthday! It’s our birthday!! This is the real, official birthday podcast from Coode Street. There’s laughter, some silliness, and much rambling. Enjoy! Podcast Powered By Podbean
  • Episode 49: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! I’m back from Swancon, Gary’s grading papers in Chicago, and it’s a typical Friday evening/Saturday morning at Coode Street. This weekend we talk (for a long time!!!) about the sad news that Joanna Russ has died, Swancon, and lots and lots about awards (all sorts of awards). As always, we hope you enjoy it! Podcast ...
  • Episode 48: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! With Swancon upon us, Gary and I pre-recorded (!) a chat about epic fantasy and such. Enjoy!   Podcast Powered By Podbean
  • Episode 47: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Fighting the flu, and with Swancon just around the corner, I got Gary on the line to discuss small presses, Geoff Ryman and The Child Garden, new Joan Aiken, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, and some other things. Rambling conversation ensued… Podcast Powered By Podbean
  • Episode 46: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Farah Mendlesohn, and Tansy Rayner Roberts In last week’s episode Gary and I discussed the work of the late Diana Wynne Jones.  Our discussion raised comments from several people that we’d not done justice to Jones, and so we invited Farah Mendlesohn (author of Diana Wynne Jones: Children’s Literature and the Fantastic Tradition) and author and critic Tansy Rayner ...
  • Episode 45: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Well, the world turned upside down. For scheduling reasons we recorded at a new time, so it was morning in Chicago and late in the evening in Perth. We barely knew what to do, but we did discuss Diana Wynne Jones, Shaun Tan, cover art, framing questions, and other stuff. We’ll return to normal next ...
  • Episode 44: Live with Gary K. Wolfe And we’re back to normal. Gary returned to Chicago from ICFA to dine with China Mieville and write his column, while Jonathan was struck down by an unpleasant bug. Nontheless, climbing from his sick bed, he called Gary to discuss awards, book collecting, using genre as a lens, and some other stuff. As always, they ...
  • Episode 43 redux It seems that iTunes is struggling to parse the feed for this episode, so I’m posting a different one. I’ll also put out a more general notice and plan to repeat it at the beginning of the next episode, but we’ve moved our hosting for the podcast to cope with the number of downloads.  If ...
  • Episode 43: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Karen Burnham, Jeffrey Ford, and Liza Groen Trombi Convention season is upon us and, on the eve of his birthday, Gary K. Wolfe has ventured out into aligator-infested Florida in search of conversation, con-buddies and, above all else, boat drinks!  In the first of what might just be a series of one podcasts, Gary invited Locus Publications editor-in-chief Liza Groen ...
  • Episode 42: Live with Gary K. Wolfe With the Galactic Suburbanites celebrating their birthday just a couple of days ago, Gary and I once again jumped into the pod to record episode 42 (well, 45 if you include the non-series eps) where we discuss George R.R. Martin’s Dance, the Kindle, the iPad, thrillers vs. science fiction, self-publishing, ICFA, ...
  • Episode 41: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Amongst audio chaos and another mumble about the weather, Gary and I jumped into the Pod to discuss the recently released Clarke and Stoker ballots, Shaun Tan’s Oscar win, community and other bits and pieces. We hope you enjoy this rather rambling instalment…
  • Episode 40: Live with Gary Wolfe redux A note to subscribers.  Due to high traffic I’ve had to move the podcast to a new host. This seemed to go smoothly last week, but has caused problems this week.  While downloading from here should continue to work seamlessly (heh), you can download it from jonathanstrahan.podbean.com. If you use iTunes you might want to ...
  • Episode 40: Live with Gary K. Wolfe It was a bright and sunny morning – the annual excoriation of the masses here in Perth, and a particularly vicious one – so Gary and I fired up Skype and had a long chat about the Nebula Awards, how e-readers are impacting on the management of the reviewing cycle, the work ...
  • Episode 39: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Garth Nix! And it’s another weekend. This morning Garth Nix, bestselling author of the ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ and ‘Old Kingdom’ series, among many wonderful novels, joined Gary and I in the pod to discuss what ‘young adult’ means, the current troubles with bookselling and book publishing, ebooks, his forthcoming novels Troubletwisters (with Sean Williams) and A ...
  • Episode 38: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! That’s better! Technical difficulties behind us, Gary and a slightly hungover I jumped into the pod to discuss Carol Emshwiller, the right time to publish a book, optimistic SF, the death of SF and all sorts of other stuff. We hope you enjoy it, as always!
  • Episode 37: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! We had problems. That’s why the podcast is late.  It was Saturday morning. The sun was up in Perth, and we were set to record (well, it was snowing in Garyland, but you know what I mean). We got to discussing all sorts of things like recommended reading lists and such, then something at Gary’s ...
  • Episode 36: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! It all seems so long ago, but yesterday morning Gary and I climbed in the pod to discuss the Crawford Awards, Shaun Tan’s Oscar nomination, genre terminology, and Margo Lanagan’s Yellowcake. We rambled, but kept it all to a reasonable length. As always, we hope you enjoy it.
  • The Sounds of Now: An Australia Day podcast And now, a non-series podcast. It’s Australia Day, and in recogition of this auspicious day Alex and Tansy from Galactic Suburbia and I chatted about Australian SF, its past present and future.
  • Episode 35: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Amanda Palmer has been touring Down Under, her new album is out, and soon she’ll be playing here in sunny Perth. It also will be my 12th wedding anniversary this coming Monday, so we celebrate tonight. Against a background of all of this happy news, Gary and I jumped into the pod to discuss slippage, why ...
  • Episode 34: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Another busy Saturday morning, Friday evening, and time for another missive sent out to the interwebs. Gary and I jumped (well strolled) into the pod without any set plans on what to discuss and ended up talking about L. Ron Hubbard, movies, Fringe, the evils (or inconveniences) of PDFs, and lots of other stuff. On a ...
  • Episode 33: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! There was an air of unfinished business in the pod this morning as I got Gary K. Wolfe on the line from sunny Chicago and we discussed the Coode St Best of 2011 and many other things. It is very much our usual natter, and as always, we hope you find it of interest. ...
  • Episode 32: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! After a little too much New Year and birthday cheer we had technical difficulties, but Gary and I still found time  to discuss birthday presents, Heinlein, 1967 as a transition year for science fiction, where non-academic cricitism has a role to play in modern SF, and previewed the Coode Street Best of 2010 (we name ...
  • Boxing Day Super Mega Podcast Here in Australia the day after Christmas is a special one, dedicated to winding down after a day of feasting and gift giving, laughter and merriment. Things slow down – unless you have a taste for the mega-discount sales – and people tend to relax with family. This morning, Perth time, at least, a bunch of ...
  • Episode 31: Live with Gary K. Wolfe The original episode 31 didn’t work out, so we knuckled down and did it again just so we would have it all done and dusted, as promised. We discussed some of the same things, but also got to the Coode St Book Club, more apocalypses, and our favorite books of the year.
  • Episode 30: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Gary and I fired up the podcasting paraphernalia connecting Coode Street directly to East Cedar Ave, and spent time talking about Jo Walton, her novel Among Others, Niall Harrison’s Top 10 SF Novels by Women, and other stuff. As always, enjoy!
  • Episode 29: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, John Clute and Cheryl Morgan! There was birthday cake to be had so Gary was on a plane and off to sunny Camden Town in the UK, leaving snowbound Chicago in his wake, where he sat down with John Clute (of The SF Encyclopedia and other fame)  and Cheryl Morgan (of Salon Futura) and we all discussed cockroach quantums, cozy ...
  • Episode 28: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! After some technical hitches and interruptions, which lead to a classic (no, really, classic) Lost Podcast, Gary and I fire up Skype and talk about old farts, anthologies, Hugos and stuff.
  • Episode 27: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! As the weather turned towards the late fall in Chicago and the excoriating heat of early summer in Perth, we jumped back into the pod to discuss 2010, recommended lists and what they mean, ebooks, and all sorts of other stuff. As always, enjoy! We’ll be back next weekend.
  • Episode 26: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! And we found him! Gary returned from the wilds of Louisiana where he seems to have suffered through awesome parties, excellent musical performances, and wonderful meals to join me in the Pod to discuss his adventures in New Orleans, Neil Gaiman, a science fiction sense of community, ending the year in SF, whether Lois McMaster ...
  • The Coode Street Feminist Advisory Committee Auxilliary Podcast: Live with Tansy Rayner Roberts Well, Gary is off in the wilds of New Orleans for matters celebratory, enjoying good food and better company while I was at home in Perth slaving over a hot anthology. In the interests of podcasty goodness, I called up Tany Rayner Robers from the Coode Street Feminist Advisory Committee and we discussed the year ...
  • Episode 25: Live with Gary K. Wolfe And we’re back. Gary’s safely at home in Chicago, I’m back in Perth (facing insane and disappointing deadlines), and we’re podcasting the way we were meant to – long distance! We discuss the World Fantasy Awards and other such things. Enjoy! Edit: Podcast edited to remove final 3 mins not intended for release.
  • Episode 24: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Alisa Krasnostein, Karen Burnham and Francesa Mayman Live from the Locus/Twelfth Planet Press in the World Fantasy Convention 2010 dealer’s room, Gary and I chat with Alisa, Karen and Francesca about World Fantasy, women at conventions, and all sorts of other stuff. We ramble. The sound quality may be affected by the venue, along with random background announcements, but we hope you ...
  • Episode 23: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! And we’re back! It’s Columbus, it’s World Fantasy and Gary and I recorded a short podcast today, face to face for the first time. More to come!
  • Episode 22: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! The countdown to Columbus and World Fantasy is one. Less than two weeks till I get there, and with deadlines bearing down Gary and I fired up Skype and discussed the World Fantasy Awards, mortality, the AUS/USD exchange rate, The Hobbit getting the green light, and, in response to a follow-up question in comments, even ...
  • Episode 21: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! And we’re at it again. Taking a question from the blog comments, Gary sat down in Chicago on a Friday evening with a glass of red wine and I sat down on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee, and we discussed the top anthologies and collections of the past 20 years. As usual, ...
  • Episode 20: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Young adult science fiction, gender, race, Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth, the very sad passing of Ralph Vicinanza, Australian SF compared to SF from the rest of the world: these and other things were discussed when Gary and I fired up podcast #20 this morning.  It seemed to go pretty well. We hope you enjoy it!
  • Episode 19: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Things slowly get back to normal as Gary and I jump back into the pod to discuss radical new hard SF, Interzone, Paul McAuley, Stephen Baxter, whether Mundane SF makes any sense, what we’ve been reading and some other stuff in what struck me as we were chatting as a particularly crunchy podcast. I did ...
  • Episode 18: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! We’re back! This morning I entered the pod here in Perth, fired up Skype and called Gary in Chicago. He’s just back from California, and I’m not long back from Aussiecon in Melbourne so we chatted about awards, eligibility and nominations, the 100 Days, and a lot of other things. It’s good to be recording ...
  • Episode 17: Live with Alisa Krasnostein and Tansy Rayner Roberts! Well, I’ve been away and not podcasting. Went to Melbourne. Gary’s been out and about as well, visiting California for the Writers of the Future and other reasons. We’ll be back as normal this coming weekend, but in the meantime I called up two members of the Coode St Feminist Advisory Committee, Alisa and Tansy, ...
  • Episode 16: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Although we’re having a Federal election here in Australia, and I had to get out and fulfil my democratic obligations, I still found time to jump on to Skype and call Gary to talk about things science-fictional.  We covered reviewing, the end of “books you don’t need to read’, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, ...
  • Episode 15: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! We’re running late here at Coode St.  No fault of the indefatigable Gary K. Wolfe, who fired up Skype late on Friday evening to record a new podcast, but more due to some issues to to with data storage. I’m still working on those, but her, after some peer review, is the latest, our fifteenth!  ...
  • Episode 14: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Winter seems to have little interest in Perth at the moment. There’s the occasional shower, some cold mornings, but basically beautiful cool, sunny days. Against that backdrop, I called Gary in Chicago this morning and we discussed: science fiction in translation, the place of bestselling fantasy in the field (a little), awards, and a new book you don’t need ...
  • Episode 13: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! When Gary and I signed off last week we agreed we’d plan this podcast to save all you good people from waffling.  Hmm. Well, that didn’t quite happen, so this is a second (shorter) waffly podcast). This week we waffle about Paolo Bacigalupi, awards, the fate of science fiction, and a new book you don’t ...
  • Episode 12: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Well, Gary Wolfe and I got on Skype this morning with no real idea about what we might discuss, other than a passing desire not to retread old grown. After a bit of waffling, we got down to serious waffling and spent some time discussing: William Gibson’s Zero History and what makes a book that isn’t ...
  • Episode 11: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Gary Wolfe and I are back by ourselves, guest-less, recording the podcast live from Chicago and Perth on a sunny Sunday morning. We spend some time discussing: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi how quantum mechanics has changed hard SF and whether hard SF really can continue to exist as we once knew it; Zendegi by Greg Egan; What ...
  • Episode 10: Live with Gary K. Wolfe, Elizabeth Hand, and Peter Straub Gary Wolfe checks in from Readercon in Burlingham MA and brings guests Elizabeth Hand and Peter Straub to the table.  This time we discuss: the art of the novella why Readercon is worth attending outsider art, Henry Darger, crypto-aviation, and all sorts of other neat stuff. We hope you enjoy it as always and will see you next weekend!
  • Episode 9: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Gary Wolfe and I are back for a new podcast, and this time with no added guest magic.  This time we discuss: how some awards work, including the World Fantasy Awards, believing in science fiction and its futures, and a lot of other stuff too. There’s probably some other stuff, but we recorded this this morning and I’m not ...
  • Episode 8: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Jeremy Lassen Editor and publisher Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books joins Gary and I for a new podcast as our second ever guest. Jeremy and Gary were in Seattle at the Locus Awards/Science Fiction Hall of Fame weekend while I was still pottering around after breakfast while one kid was off at swimming ...
  • Episode 7: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Amelia Beamer Author, critic, photographer, and Locus editor Amelia Beamer joins Gary and I for a new podcast as our first ever guest. Amelia was only just home from Locus HQ in Oakland,  Gary was taking some time out from reading for his column in Chicago, and I was still pottering around after breakfast while the kids ...
  • Episode 6: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Every Saturday morning now Gary and I fire up Skype to record the latest in our series of chats. Gary’s usually not that long home from his office in Chicago, while I’m mostly still pottering around after breakfast while the kids are off at swimming lessons. We did it again yesterday morning, and we once again ...
  • Episode 5: Live with Gary K. Wolfe Gary calls in from Florida and we talk about all sorts of stuff in our latest chatfest.
  • Episode 4: Live with Gary K. Wolfe And we do it again! Our fourth ramble, this time touching on all sorts of things, many of which we’ve touched on before! Your browser does not support the audio element. // Podcast Powered By Podbean
  • Episode 3: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! The third episode in our new (but still continuing!) series of conversations is now live. There are still a few audio hitches that I’m trying to iron out, but all in all it’s ok.  I did the stereo thing again – it seems to be a default setting – so I’ll work harder on getting ...
  • Episode 2: Live with Gary Wolfe! In the second of our regular series of weekly podcasts Gary Wolfe and I discuss canon formation, Joanna Russ, and all sorts of other stuff.  It’s kinda long. I accidentally messed up the first take so this actually is a complete re-recording. We hope you like it. Right now we plan to do this pretty ...
  • Episode 1: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! Here is the first full-length Coode Street podcast. Recorded just minutes ago, Gary and I discuss what it means to work and review for Locus, SF’s attraction to the ‘new’ in new weird, new space opera and new sword and sorcery, career pressure on short story writers, as well as books by China Mieville and ...

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