Before Coode Street goes on hiatus for a few weeks when each of us travel to various exotic realms, we address a question which Jonathan raised about new editions of work by Clifford Simak and Tom Reamyâ€”namely, what happens to the work of older writers in a world in which the midlist has all but disappeared? How do writers â€œread backâ€ in the genreâ€”or do they need to at all? How do writers as diverse as Joe Abercrombie and Neil Gaiman come across the work of Fritz Leiber, for example, or how do writers like Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Kij Johnson encounter Lovecraft? And for readers and writers who came of age in the 1990s or later, does â€œreading backâ€ mean the same thing it did for earlier generations?
Then we chat a bit about our plans for Coode Street at MidAmericon in August, what weâ€™re reading now, and what weâ€™re looking forward to reading on the break. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode, and hope you don’t miss the podcast too much! See you in late July!