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 339: The Road to Baltimore With the 2018 World Fantasy Convention just weeks away, Gary and Jonathan sit down to discuss the upcoming convention, the life achievement recipients, nominees and much more. This episode is a bit of ramble and includes digressions on questions like whether this really is an outstanding year for story collections (with new collections from N.K. Jemisin, Michael Bishop, ...
    • Episode 338: Alec Nevala-Lee, Andy Duncan, and the Astounding Legacy Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We (Gary and Jonathan) had a wonderful time while we were there ...
    • Episode 337: Rich Larson and the Future of Science Fiction (sort of) Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We (Gary and Jonathan) had a wonderful time while we were there ...
    • Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read… Readers talk to other readers. They share information about the books and stories they love. They recommend. It’s as natural as breathing. Those recommendations lead to a broader commentary, to lists and canons and all sorts of other things. This week Jonathan and Gary discuss the way we talk about books, the nature of recommending, and ...
    • REISSUE – Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience A re-release of episode 335. This should be 53 minutes long. ——————————————–   Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We had ...
    • Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate the best in SF. We had a fine time while we were there and managed ...
    • Episode 334: After San Jose We (Gary and Jonathan) went to WorldCon 76 in San Jose a week or so ago, or at least we were around while the convention was on and engaged in activities that overlapped with the convention. It seemed like a great convention. We had a great time. All the people we know who were there had ...
    • Episode 333: Jo Walton Goes to the Hugos We’ve been away for a long time. A very long time. We’re sorry and we’ll try not to do that again. While we were away, we went to San Jose, California for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. During the convention, we recorded four new episodes that we will be sending out over the coming ...
    • Episode 332: Frankly, this one’s a grab bag With our customary meticulous planning, we manage this week to veer from the topic of what causes you to bounce off a particular book—or to keep reading—to the Clarke Awards, which will be announced in a few weeks (Gary volunteered to be on the Shadow Jury this year), to the question of how mainstream writers ...
    • Episode 331: On missing Gardner Dozois This week Gary and Jonathan spend some time discussing the work and legacy of Gardner Dozois (1947-2018), who died recently. A friend and colleague, Gardner was also a brilliant writer, a perceptive critic, a skilled story doctor and possibly the most influential editor in the history of science fiction. His three novels, several short story ...
    • 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 ...