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Discussion and digression on science fiction and fantasy with Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.

The Coode Street Podcast Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe

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Discussion and digression on science fiction and fantasy with Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.

    Episode 475: Ten Minutes with M. John Harrison

    Episode 475: Ten Minutes with M. John Harrison

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    One of England’s finest novelists, M. John Harrison, talks with Gary about the paradoxical insights of the poet Charles Simic, the essays of Olivia Laing, the early John le Carré novels, and his own new novel and forthcoming story collection.
    Books mentioned include:
    The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison
    Settling the World: Selected Stories 1969-2019 by M. John Harrison
    Things That Never Happen by M. John Harrison
    The Monster Loves his Labyrinth: Notebooks by Charles Simic
    Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing
    The Early George Smiley novels by John le Carré
     
     
     

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    Episode 474: Ten Minutes with Jane Yolen

    Episode 474: Ten Minutes with Jane Yolen

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    Legendary Grand Master Jane Yolen shares with Gary some delightful personal news, as well as her advice to aspiring authors on how the lockdown can be seen as a gift to writers, the pleasures of "munchie" writing like Cat Valente or Gregory Maguire, the short stories of Theodora Goss, and Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mysteries.
    Books mentioned include:
    The Midnight Circus by Jane Yolen
    The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
    How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
    The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan
    Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
    Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
    Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
    Carlotta Carlyle series by Linda Barnes
     
     
     

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    Episode 473: Ten Minutes with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead

    Episode 473: Ten Minutes with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    Gary spends a few minutes with Jack Skillingstead and 2021 WorldCon Guest of Honor Nancy Kress talking about reading science; Jane Austen, Star Trek, and the comforts of an orderly world; the appeal of Hollywood biographies; and revisiting old favorites like Philip K. Dick, Robert Bloch, and Roger Zelazny.
    Books mentioned include:
    Sea Change by Nancy Kress
    The Eleventh Gate by Nancy Kress
    The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead
    Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene
    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
    Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Mitford
    The Ragman's Son by Kirk Douglas
    Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann
     
     
     

    • 16 min
    Episode 472: Ten Minutes with Kij Johnson

    Episode 472: Ten Minutes with Kij Johnson

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner Kij Johnson joins Gary to talk about learning to keep focused during odd times, taking comfort in Defoe, Laurence Sterne, and horror stories, and the perks of doing historical research for a novel-in-progress set in the American Midwest in 1913, and how her "Apartment Dweller’s Guide" series of stories really needs to be a book.
    Books mentioned include:
    The River Bank by Kij Johnson
    A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
    Short stories by Clark Ashton Smith
    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' by William Hope Hodgson
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
     
     
     

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    Episode 471: Ten Minutes with Alaya Dawn Johnson

    Episode 471: Ten Minutes with Alaya Dawn Johnson

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    Today is Day 97 of ten minutes with ... and as the end approaches Jonathan is spending ten minutes or so talking with Nebula Award winner Alaya Dawn Johnson about reading and working during these strange times, moving to a new environment, the challenges in writing novels at all, and her powerful new novel, Trouble the Saints. 
    Books mentioned include:
    Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
    The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
    The Wicked King by Holly Black
    The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
    How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
    The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
     
     
     

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    Episode 470: Ten Minutes with Premee Mohamed

    Episode 470: Ten Minutes with Premee Mohamed

    Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times.
    Today Jonathan spends ten minutes or so talking to exciting debut novelist Premee Mohamed about reading, writing, and working during the pandemic; the work of Alan Moore, Umberto Eco, and Amitav Ghosh; the experience of publishing her debut novel in 2020; and how it was to effectively collaborate with her younger self on Beneath the Rising and writing A Broken Darkness.
    Books mentioned include:
    Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed
    A Broken Darkness by Premee Mohamed
    Jerusalem by Alan Moore
    Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco
    Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

FlangeMan232 ,

My window into Science Fiction

I have fallen so far out of the sifi world with all this annoying adulthood. These guys catch me up. Such great knowledge and such great nerdism. Thanks!!

Scott Pohlenz ,

A Must Listen for SF Fans

Jonathan and Gary do a wonderful job keeping listeners up to date on happenings in the SF/F field. Highly recommend to anyone concerned with science fiction and fantasy. Five Stars!!!

Lyanna S ,

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.

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