Episode 434: Occasionally Enlightening – Three Stars

Jonathan and Gary are back with a socially-distanced full-hour podcast. Since last time, Jonathan actually went and read the reviews for the podcast on the iTunes Podcast app where one listener described the Coode Street as being occasionally enlightening, saying when:

“the two hosts are left to their own devices (which is most of the time) they testily chew over a handful of pet topics, usually debating who should win each year’s awards and then whether or not awards mean anything”.

and rated the podcast Three stars.

Perfectly fair. Today’s episode was recorded during the Nebula Awards presentation and days after the announcement of the Locus Awards shortlists. Both feature briefly, but our main topic was not awards. Rather we turned to more fundamental questions involving reasons to be optimistic about science fiction, the role of entertainment in reading SFF, what each of us values most in what we read, and, almost accidentally, some brief previews of exciting novels coming up later this year.

Hopefully the sound on today’s episode is a bit better, the testiness is toned down, and you all enjoy!

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