Episode 350: Hey, well how about that?

For our 350th(!) episode, Jonathan and Gary basically just ramble on. We begin with the question of how long to stick with a novel which seems to be going off the rails, and comment a bit on what different kinds of readers expect from long novels.

Later we move on to questions about anthologies, and what to expect from recent anthologies of Chinese, Korean, South Asian, and Israeli science fiction: should they try to represent an entire national tradition, or simply focus on excellent stories? And can readers not from those cultures ever fully appreciate the full nuances of such fiction?

That, in turn, leads us to discuss anthologies that have been historically important, although not always widely recognized, such as Vonda McIntyre and Susan Anderson’s Aurora: Beyond Equality from 1976, and anthologies widely celebrated, like Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions.  On a personal note, anthologies that shaped our own reading included (for Gary) Judith Merril’s horribly titled England Swings SF and (for Jonathan) Michael Bishop’s Light Years and Dark. And we end briefly discussing an issue, raised by Fonda Lee, about writers gaining shelf space in bookstores amid all the perennial classics and bestsellers.

2 thoughts on “Episode 350: Hey, well how about that?”

  1. The podcast ends in the middle of a word. I seems there should be more. Just what was it supposed to be. …
    I like reading anthologies. One of my first was Again Dangerous Visions. Someone should put together an anthology of all the stories that have been published so far that were to be in The Last Dangerous Visions. I’d read that. I wouldn’t then have to hunt through 32 different sources to get them.

  2. You guys asked if there are books that change from ok to amazing, depending on how they end. The book that comes to mind for me is “Engine Summer” by John Crowley.
    It changes from a leisurely, perfectly fine diversion of a story; to a heart rending and transcendent examination of the human condition. A book that makes for a fantastic re-read.
    Love the podcast!

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