Episode 549: Lockdown, science fiction, and more

Welcome to episode 7 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast.

This week Jonathan and Gary return to form with a classic ramble through a jumble of topics ranging from the postponement of this year’s Swancon in Perth (and a bit of trivia about an American Swanncon from decades ago); the possible effects of the missing convention years on the SFF field; a brief foray into utopian/dystopian fiction; Charles de Lint, urban fantasy, and his new novel Juniper Wiles; our mutual admiration for Catherynne Valente’s forthcoming The Past is Red; and bits about what we’ve been reading lately, including Nghi Vo’s The Chosen and the Beautiful, fictions that focus on a single technology like Sarah Pinsker’s We Are Satellites, alternate histories like P. Djèlí Clark’s A Master of Djinn, set in Cairo, and why we’ve been overloaded on London steampunk (especially on TV), while other world cities seem to get short shrift in the whole steampunk/alternate history trend. Some of these authors, we promise, will get a chance to speak for themselves in future episodes.

This year has been tough for a lot of people. Swancon has suffered a lot of extra costs and GoH Claire Coleman is running a GoFundMe to help them out. You can donate here. Also, John Varley had major heart surgery earlier this year. They’re running a GoFundMe to help him with expenses. You can donate here. Both campaigns are worthy of support.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We’ll see you again soon!

Episode 548: Kelly Robson and Alias Space

Alias Space by Kelly Robson. Cover by Lauren Saint-Onge.Welcome to episode 6 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by the delightful Nebula and Aurora winning author Kelly Robson, whose first collection Alias Space and Other Stories has just been published by Subterranean Press. Kelly discusses life during lockdown in Toronto, the joys of becoming a widely admired short fiction writer after starting out as a “late bloomer,” how SF and fantasy helped get through challenging times when younger, what she’s learned from writers such as Michael Bishop, James Tiptree, Jr., Howard Waldrop, and Connie Willis, the worldbuilding behind her novella Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach (and other stories set in that universe), and the fun she’s had exploring humorous fiction in new work that she’s completing right now. And, of course, the wonderful stories that go to make up her new collection.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We’ll see you again soon!

Episode 547: Nominating for the World Fantasy Awards

Welcome to episode 5 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. After three weeks of unexcused absences, Jonathan and Gary return, just as the world starts re-emerging with the announcement that the Montreal World Fantasy Convention, at least at present, expects to host an in-person event in early November. That led us to return to our occasional discussion of possible candidates for Life Achievement Awards (limited to those over 62 years of age), with Jonathan again presenting his case for Howard Waldrop, which Gary finds it hard to disagree with. But Gary also mentions several other eligible possibilities.

That leads us toward the other categories on the ballot, and we name some possible candidates for novel, novella, anthology, collection, and artist, as well as the more mysterious categories of special achievements, professional and nonprofessional.  As always, we welcome reminders of those we have inevitably overlooked, some of which we will undoubtedly embarrassed about.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. We’ll see you again soon!

World Fantasy Awards eligibility

With World Fantasy Awards nominations opening, I’ve been asked what I’ve worked on is eligible.  Here’s a quick overview:



Short fiction (under 10,000 wds)

  • Yuli, Daniel Abraham (The Book of Dragons)
  • Lucky’s Dragon, Kelly Barnhill (The Book of Dragons)
  • Except on Saturdays, Peter S. Beagle(The Book of Dragons)
  • Where the River Turns to Concrete, Brooke Bolander (The Book of Dragons)
  • Hikayat Sri Bujang, or, The Tale of The Naga Sage, Zen Cho (The Book of Dragons)
  • The Last Hunt, Aliette de Bodard(The Book of Dragons)
  • The Long Walk, Kate Elliott (The Book of Dragons)
  • We Don’t Talk About the Dragon, Sarah Gailey (The Book of Dragons)
  • Pox, Ellen Klages (The Book of Dragons)
  • The Nine Curves River, R.F. Kuang(The Book of Dragons)
  • We Continue, Anne Leckie & Rachel Swirsky (The Book of Dragons)
  • A Whisper of Blue, Ken Liu  (The Book of Dragons)
  • Anything Resembling Love,  S. Qiouyi Lu (Tor.com)
  • Maybe Just Go Up There And Talk To It, Scott Lynch (The Book of Dragons)
  • Small Bird’s Plea, Todd McCaffrey(The Book of Dragons)
  • Hoard, Seanan McGuire (The Book of Dragons)
  • Camouflage, Patricia A McKillip (The Book of Dragons)
  • Cut me another quill, Mister Fitz, Garth Nix (The Book of Dragons)
  • The Necessary Arthur, Garth Nix (Tor.com)
  • Habitat, KJ Parker (The Book of Dragons)
  • Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com)

Professional Achievement 

  • Jonathan Strahan (The Book of Dragons; Prosper’s Demons, The Tindalos Asset; The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water;  Tor.com stories)
  • The Coode Street Podcast [178episodes] [co-hosted with Gary K. Wolfe.]

I’d also recommend Rovina Cai for Artist for her work on The Book of Dragons.

I hope you’ll consider supporting the talented people that I’ve worked with during the year.