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 a rough running schedule for the episode. Rejoice!

00:00   Introduction
05:00 Discussion of Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel Shaman, Werner Herzog’s film Cave of Forgotten Dreams and prehistoric fiction. (This bit’s shorter than you’d think it would be).
13:00:  Locus Awards winners, and Gary drops names.
30:00   Richard Matheson.
38:00   The Year in Fiction to Date (including our favorites and must reads of the year so far [though not really “must”, just “we like it a lot and you might too”]
1:13:00 End
Please let us know in comments about your favorite books of the year too! Next week we hope to be reporting in from Readercon. Until then, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

7 thoughts on “Episode 149: Awards, Matheson and the Year to Date”

  1. I love the rambling. There’s no telling where it goes, and amongst the ongoing discussion on awards, history, and contemporary speculative fiction, there’s always a nugget to be followed up on. That being said, I also enjoy the handful of structured podcasts you’ve had, including this one. Thus, along with hoping you follow up on the threat to ‘cast about books that can be avoided and books which shouldn’t be avoided but are, I would love to hear you take an episode to discuss the magazines of speculative fiction currently available. I am a prodigal son regarding reading spec fic, and as I get back into it, I am looking to invest in a subscription to one or two magazines. Which do you recommend? (I know Gary will ask: “Well, what kind of books do you like?”, to which I will not provide an answer; I do not want a biased response. I would simply hope the two of you might apply your erudition to the current state of the magazine field, not only for my, but other listeners’ benefit.)

  2. I loved this podcast! I have way too many favorite books to list but I also have a new blog to follow that shares many of my passions in literature! Thanks for a great blog. I’ll be back!

  3. Dear Gary and Jonathan,
    If you would be so kind, I have some concatenated questions: 1) The late Thomas M. Disch is a favorite author of mine and I hope to see more work from him — do you know if there are plans for any additional collections? Perhaps a NESFA volume? All of _The Pressure of Time_ work is uncollected, his serial novel _A Troll of Surewould Forest_ is uncollected, award winners like “Xmas” are uncollected, along with fan favorites such as “The Happy Turniip.” 2) Three of the authors in genre that Disch thought highly of were Gene Wolfe, John Crowley, and Paul Park — although familiar with the classic works of both Wolfe and Crowley, I have lost track of their more recent work. Where do you place their more recent work — do you think any of it ranks amongst their best? And being almost completely unfamiliar with Parks, what — if anything — would you recommend? Thank you.


  4. Jonathan, do you not read Cosmos?? The oldest art in the world is not European. It is Australian.


    How determined is everyone to ignore the World’s Oldest Living Culture? Determined enough that when they discovered Aboriginal art depicting Genyornis ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genyornis ), extinct for 40 000 years, instead of declaring the painting the world’s oldest, they decided that Genyornis must not have gone extinct that long ago, after all.

  5. I do read Cosmos from time to time. What is it I’m supposed to have said? I don’t recall touching on the topic, though I believe Gary might have. Could be wrong, though.

  6. Oh, sorry to be scary. It WAS Gary that said the European cave has the oldest art in the world. I was just jumping on you because, as the Aussie, it was your duty to correct him ;)

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