The Coode Street Podcast
By Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
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Discussion and digression on science fiction and fantasy with Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.
||CleanEpisode 349: Sarah Pinsker on the road||This week, we are joined by Nebula Award-winning Sarah Pinsker, whose first story collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea has just been published, and whose first novel, A Song for a New Day, will appear from Berkley Books in Septe||3/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 348: Nebulas, Hugos, ereading and more||As usual at this time of year, Jonathan and Gary sit down to discuss the beginning of the awards season, and in particular the recently announced Nebula finalists and the fact that the Hugo nominations remain open for another couple of weeks. Needless t||2/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 347: Charlie Jane Anders and The City in the Middle of the Night||Charlie Jane Anders joins Jonathan and Gary to discuss her second novel, The City in the Middle of the Night, which will be in shops during the coming week. Her powerful and engaging new novel follows her award-winning debut, All the Birds in the Sky,||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 346: Neil Clarke and the State of Short Fiction in 2018||This week, as part of Coode Street's experimental trio of shorter episodes, Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke joins Jonathan and Gary to discuss the state of short fiction in 2018. How is the field doing artistically? How is to doing in publishing ter||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 345: Liza Trombi, Locus, and the Year in Review||This episode is our more-or-less annual discussion with Locus magazine’s editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi, with whom we chat about the Recommended Reading List which appears each February in the magazine’s Year In Review issue. How is the list||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 344: Time, Cities and Moving to the Poles||And we're back with our 344th episode, which one of us incorrectly thought was our 343rd because we counted 342 twice. Ugh. Apologies for the confusion! This week: The rise and rise of the time travel story Dr Who has been telling time travel stories f||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 343: Grand Masters and other Awards...||Every episode starts with a blank slate, even when perhaps it should not. This week we start with the recent announcement that William Gibson has been named as this year’s Damon Knight Grand Master by SFWA, which is well-deserved. Gibson's most fam||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 342: The Books of 2019||At the beginning of the new year, Jonathan and Gary compare lists of books they’re looking forward to in the new year, beginning with some novels appearing within the next few weeks (Charlie Jane Anders’s The City in the Middle of the Night, Marlon||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 341: 2018 Year in Review||After another long hiatus, Jonathan and Gary return with a ramble saying farewell to 2018 (actually recorded when it was still 2018 in Chicago and already 2019 in Perth). This time we look back on some of our favourite novels, novellas, collections, an||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 340: Andy Duncan and the Road to Utopia||The 2018 World Fantasy Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland over the first weekend of November. People from all over the globe gathered, including Gary and Jonathan, to engage in discussion, appreciate art, and generally share their love of the fa||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanREPOST - Episode 339 - The Road to Baltimore||A partial copy of this went out yesterday. Here's a full repost. Apologies to anyone downloading this one twice.||10/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 339: The Road to Baltimore||With the 2018 World Fantasy Convention just weeks away, Gary and Jonathan sit down to discuss the upcoming convention, the life achievement recipients, nominees and much more. This episode is a bit of ramble and includes digressions on questions like||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 338: Alec Nevala-Lee, Andy Duncan, and the Astounding Legacy||Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebra||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 337: Rich Larson and the Future of Science Fiction (sort of)||Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebra||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 336: 2018 Novels to Read...||Readers talk to other readers. They share information about the books and stories they love. They recommend. It's as natural as breathing. Those recommendations lead to a broader commentary, to lists and canons and all sorts of other things. This week||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanREISSUE - Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience||A re-release of episode 335. This should be 53 minutes long. -------------------------------------------- Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publi||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience||Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California this past August was a busy time. Thousands of science fiction and fantasy writers, readers, artists, publishers, and fans of every stripe travelled across the country and, in some cases, around the world to celebrate||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 334: After San Jose||We (Gary and Jonathan) went to WorldCon 76 in San Jose a week or so ago, or at least we were around while the convention was on and engaged in activities that overlapped with the convention. It seemed like a great convention. We had a great time. All t||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 333: Jo Walton Goes to the Hugos||We've been away for a long time. A very long time. We're sorry and we'll try not to do that again. While we were away, we went to San Jose, California for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. During the convention, we recorded four new episodes th||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 332: Frankly, this one's a grab bag||With our customary meticulous planning, we manage this week to veer from the topic of what causes you to bounce off a particular book—or to keep reading—to the Clarke Awards, which will be announced in a few weeks (Gary volunteered to be on the Shad||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
From time to time the show features interesting interviews or roundtable discussions, but 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.
Two Industry Insiders with a Long Historical Perspective
It can get a bit dry, but I always learn a lot about (1) the publishing industry and (2) the history of science fiction. I'm coming at this from a fannish place, so I tend to engage with my speculative fiction transformatively, which is obviously not how Jonathan and Gary engage with it. Which is good, because, again, they've been at this a long time and I get a lot out of their perspectives.
I'm also chuffed by how much time they spend trying to define "genre". They keep coming back to it like its an itch they can't help scratching and to be honest, it is a question that plagues me too. I don't think any of us will ever arrive at a definitive answer but I like the fact that they ask the question.
My favorite podcast
I get excited when a new episode of Coode Street is out because I know I'll learn something new about SFF and challenge my thinking.