This week, Jonathan and Gary are back together (with no guests) for the first time in several weeks, and we discuss the inevitable: the current pandemic, and the various ways in which it was and was not anticipated by past science fiction narrativesâ€”not only of worldwide plagues but of alien invasion stories and tales of isolation.
We find time to touch upon the reading weâ€™ve both been up to, including Gene Wolfeâ€™s final novel, Lavie Tidharâ€™s reinvention of the Arthurian tales By Force Alone and some recent titles edited by Jonathan himself, including Zen Choâ€™s The Order of the Full Moon Reflected in Water and Alex Irvineâ€™s Anthropocene Rag. We also encourage listeners to check out our newly launched series of short “Ten Minutes With . . .” podcasts, and to support not only their local bookstores, but independent publishers, including our beloved Locus magazine, who like so many people are facing unprecedented stresses in the current economic environment.