2018

New episodes of the Coode St Podcast are issued every week or so, with occasional breaks to preserve the sanity of your hosts. This is the list of 2018 episodes.

    • Episode 330: Books, reading and wolves… This week’s episode ranges from a discussion about the growing importance of novellas and their advantages both for readers and writers, the difficult question of which story you might pick to introduce a new reader to a favourite author, the importance of distinctive voices in both short fictions and novels, the upcoming 87th birthday of ...
    • Episode 329: Sam Miller and the Art of Living in the World This week, the always bustling Coode Street Motel battles technical difficulties, sound dropouts, and other gremlins of the Skypesphere to welcome Sam J. Miller, whose Blackfish City is just out, and whose young adult novel The Art of Starving received great notices last year. We discuss balancing his day job as a community organizer with his fiction, the ...
    • Episode 328: Re-reading, reprinting and the classics Gary was looking through the books that seem to tumble endlessly through his front door for review and came across a new edition of David R. Bunch’s classic story collection, Moderan, which is set to be re-released by New York Review Books this coming August with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer.  It led to a conversation about ...
    • Episode 327: Awards, climate fiction and more This week, Jonathan and Gary discuss the parameters of climate-influenced SF, the usefulness or not of the term ‘cli-fi’ (with increasing numbers of SF works set all or partly in the Arctic or Antarctic) and, inevitably, the beginning of the awards season, with the Aurealis and Ditmar awards, the BSFA awards,  and the nominees announced ...
    • Episode 326: After ICFA Gary is back from the International Conference on the Fantastic in Orlando, where he chatted quite a bit with guests of honour John Kessel and Nike Sulway while managing to not attend some very interesting talks and panels. We touch upon the problems of identifying an SF audience in today’s fluid environment, and the feeling ...
    • Episode 325: World Fantasy Awards, Kate Wilhelm and more With nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards closing shortly, Jonathan and Gary headed to the Gershwin Room to discuss nominating for the Hugos, the recent proposal to change the name of the young adult (not a Hugo) award and to discuss at length their respective nominees for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards.  Towards the end of the ...
    • Episode 324: Carmen Maria Machado When Carmen Maria Machado‘s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was shortlisted for the National Book Award it went to the top of everybody’s “to read” piles. A smart, sensitive and thoughtful look at issues to do with sex, gender, violence and horror, it proved to be one of the very best books ...
    • Episode 323: Awards season begins…Hugo time! 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 ...
    • Episode 322: Theodora Goss, John Kessel and Monstrous Stories        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 ...
    • Episode 321: Fairy tales, peaches, and so on… 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, ...
    • Episode 320: Jane Yolen and a Life in Story The Coode Street Podcast returns for 2018 with a very special opening episode. Today Gary and Jonathan sat down to talk with SFWA Grand Master, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipient, and Nebula Award winner Jane Yolen to talk to her about her life as a storyteller, her new collection The Emerald Circus, her forthcoming Holocaust ...