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 of the Alchemist’s Daughter, featuring a number of classic characters from 19th century fantastic fiction—including Frankenstein’s “daughter”–will be joined by its sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman in July; both are part of her series “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.”
We touch upon Shelley’s work, the problems of writing narratives that exist within the spaces of earlier novels, whether or not Frankenstein was really the first science fiction novel, and—briefly—on the debt we all own to Ursula K. Le Guin after her passing earlier in the week.
As always, our thanks to our guests, Dora and John. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!
Six years ago Gary Wolfe and I were privileged enough to get to chat with Ursula K. Le Guin about science fiction. The reason for the discussion was Margaret Atwood’s book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail. It is a marvellous discussion and one we thought we’d repost, given the sad news of Ursula’s death today.
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, Monsters and the Lucky Peach”, the persistence of fairy tales in modern fantasy, and the new anthology Robots v. Fairies. The frankly dodgy Western Australian internet connection didn’t quite hold out until the end, so the chat ends a little short, though complete.
As always, we hope you enjoy the episode. Next week: John Kessel and Theodora Goss are scheduled to discuss their new novels and the fascination with Frankenstein.
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 novel Mapping the Bones, and what it means to have multiple careers as an author of children’s picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, SF and fantasy, and poetry.
As always, we would like to thank Jane for taking the time to talk to us and hope you enjoy the episode. We’ll be back next week with more!