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Awards Eligibility – 2017

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 23:13:07 +0000

The announcement that nominations have opened for the Hugo Awards kicks off awards season in earnest. There is a lot of wonderful fiction out there and, having been fairly busy during 2017, I’ve been lucky enough to help what I think are some really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your […]

Episode 322: Theodora Goss, John Kessel and Monstrous Stories

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:42:04 +0000

       This week, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we are joined by two authors whose own recent works celebrate that classic work.  John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus will be published in February, combining characters from Shelley’s classic and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, while Theodora Goss’s The […]

REPOST: Episode 71: Live with Gary K. Wolfe and Ursula K. Le Guin!

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:36:04 +0000

Six years ago Gary Wolfe and I were privileged enough to get to chat with Ursula K. Le Guin about science fiction. The reason for the discussion was Margaret Atwood’s book of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, which discusses her thoughts on science fiction in some detail. It is a marvellous discussion and […]

Episode 321: Fairy tales, peaches, and so on…

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:53:03 +0000

Normal service resumes with a rambly episode after last week’s chat with Jane Yolen. Having decided what they were going to discuss beforehand, Gary and Jonathan immediately head off and start discussing something else altogether! It’s a ramble, it’s a chat, it’s very much business as usual. Topics discussed this week include novellas, Kelly Robson’s […]

Episode 320: Jane Yolen and a Life in Story

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:18:03 +0000

The Coode Street Podcast returns for 2018 with a very special opening episode. Today Gary and Jonathan sat down to talk with SFWA Grand Master, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipient, and Nebula Award winner Jane Yolen to talk to her about her life as a storyteller, her new collection The Emerald Circus, her forthcoming Holocaust […]

Episode 319: The Books of 2018

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 02:50:03 +0000

In the brief hiatus between Christmas and New Year, a final episode for 2018. Jonathan and Gary take a moment to sit down in the Gershwin Room and discuss the books they’re looking forward to in 2018, a range of novels, novellas, collections, and anthologies that should interest any genre reader. Of course, to find out […]

Kelly Robson’s Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach is one of 2018s highlights

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 04:31:54 +0000

I find myself dismissing hyperbole when I’m reading reviews and rolling my eyes when I see book cover blurbs filled with wild statements of praise. Something’s always the greatest thing ever in the history of things, and if the review is online it seems inevitably to be followed by an exclamation point or two to […]

Episode 318: The End of the Year

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:38:04 +0000

After our longest break ever, the Coode Street Podcast returns to regular programming with a discussion of the year in review. Gary and Jonathan discuss their favourite novels, collections, anthologies, novellas, and nonfiction books of 2017, and end up sounding pretty optimistic about the year. As always, we hope you enjoy today’s episode. We’ll see […]

ToC Reveal – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 12

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:29:56 +0000

With the manuscript safely in the hands of my editor in Oxfordshire, I’m happy to announce the final table of contents for The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12. As anthologists always do, I wish I’d had more space to include other stories that I loved published during the year, especially […]

Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 13

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:12:38 +0000

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Solaris Books. The twelfth volume in the series will be published in April 2018, and the thirteenth volume will appear in March 2019. I am currently reading for the 2018 volume, and am looking for stories from all branches of science […]

Episode 317: Irene Gallo and the Art of Science Fiction

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:33:04 +0000

This week we are joined by Chesley and World Fantasy Award-winning designer, art director, editor and publisher Irene Gallo to discuss how she came to join Tor Books back in the 1990s, her career as an art director, her role in helping to establish, and her work as Associate Publisher at Publishing. As always, […]

2017 and out!

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:42:04 +0000

October completely got away from us and we’re about to move into our extended hiatus period, so we thought we’d update you on what you can expect from the Coode Street Podcast for the remainder of 2017.  At the moment our plan is to record a new episode this coming weekend with the fabulous Irene […]

Episode 316: Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Warrior, Binti, and Beyond

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:56:03 +0000

This week we’re joined by the fabulous Nnedi Okorafor, whose Akata Warrior (sequel to Akata Witch) will be published next week, and whose Binti: The Night Masquerade (concluding her award-winning Binti trilogy of novellas) is due in January. We discuss not only these books, but the ongoing excitement about the possible TV adaptation of Who Fears Death?, the forthcoming novel Remote Control, the growing awareness of […]

Episode 315: Liz Bourke, Niall Harrison and Debut Novels of 2017

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:28:08 +0000

This week, we are joined by distinguished critics Niall Harrison, late of Strange Horizons, and Liz Bourke, whose latest collection of reviews and essays is Sleeping With Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Aqueduct), to discuss the debut novels of 2017 that we’re all excited or curious about. Here are some of the titles that come up in […]

Episode 314: Annalee Newitz and Telling Stories About the Future

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:26:04 +0000

Annalee Newitz, who writes on the cultural impact of science and technology for Ars Technica and who founded and edited, delivers her debut novel Autonomous this month. Annalee joined Gary and Jonathan in Helsinki, Finland where they were all attending WorldCon 75, to discuss Autonomous, science fiction, and the power of being able to tell stories about how science influences […]

2017 Debut genre novels – a list

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:07:26 +0000

As part of the preparation for an upcoming Coode Street Podcast discussion and to get ready for year-in-review season, I’m compiling a list of debut novels for 2017.  The criteria for making the list are simple: The book must be a novel (ie at least 40,000 words long; not a short story collection or something […]

Episode 313: Jeffrey Ford and The Twilight Pariah

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:45:08 +0000

This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by long-time friend of the podcast, Jeffrey Ford. Jeff is the winner of the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards and has published eight novels, six short story collections and more than 130 short stories. His most recent book is Shirley Jackon Award winner A Natural History of […]

Episode 312: Fantasy 101, Helsinki and more

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:55:58 +0000

After a long and mostly unplanned hiatus, we’re back! We travelled to Helsinki, Finland to attend WorldCon75, and then spent time travelling and not thinking about podcasting very much at all. Still, all holidays must come to an end, and so we headed back up to the Gershwin Room one more time to discuss WorldCon, […]

Episode 311: Walter Jon Williams, Kelly Robson and Helsinki!

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:11:05 +0000

And now for something special! During the recent WorldCon, held in Helsinki, Finland, Gary and Jonathan took to the stage to talk to WorldCon guest of honor Walter Jon Williams and Campbell Award nominee Kelly Robson to discuss Walter’s career and his new novel, Quillifer. During recording we were fortunate enough to be able to […]

Coode Street in 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 16:57:04 +0000

When can you expect to hear The Coode Street Podcast during the second half of 2017? Well, that’s complicated. We typically record episodes of the podcast when we both are at home, or when one of us is at convention and we can use hotel wi-fi to connect and record. We also try to keep […]

Episode 310: The Years Best Books So Far, the XPrize and more

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:03:03 +0000

We were away! We came back! We missed you! After an unexpected four week hiatus, and with another four week hiatus coming up, Gary and Jonathan took some time to catch up with one another, discuss what they’d both been reading lately, consider the XPrize fiction projection Seat 14C, and have a chat about the […]

Episode 309: Epic fantasy, Campbell Awards and more

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 15:35:04 +0000

Gary and Jonathan are back with a rambling conversation that touches on epic fantasy and its relationship to privilege, the recently announced Campbell Award ballot, Gary’s theory on perspective, recent books they’ve read and more. They also discuss hiatuses, missed episodes and how to subscribe to the podcast. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode! […]

Greg Egan’s Uncanny Valley

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 02:56:02 +0000

I have been acquiring original fiction for for a while now, both for the website and for their novella program.  The latest, and one of my favourites, is a new science fiction novelette by Greg Egan. This is the blurb for “Uncanny Valley”: Immortality, but at what price, in what form, and how could […]

Episode 308: Paul Kincaid, Ken Macleod, and the works of Iain (M) Banks

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:08:04 +0000

Any time the Coode Street Podcast connects with the United Kingdom it’s a special occasion. Jonathan stays up until the dead of night (often with a whisky in hand), while Gary is driven out of bed and into the arms of coffee. This week, in the face of puzzling technical difficulties, Jonathan and Gary are […]

Episode 307: Theodora Goss and the Alchemist’s Daughter

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:09:04 +0000

This week we talk with the multi-talented Theodora Goss, whose forthcoming novel, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, draws not only from her own doctoral research in late Victorian Gothic fiction, but from her earlier story “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter.” By focusing on a group of women characters drawn from classic tales by Nathaniel […]

Episode 306: Geoff Ryman and 100 African Writers of SFF

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:20:03 +0000

This week we are joined by Nebula, Clarke, Tiptree, Campbell, and World Fantasy Award winner Geoff Ryman to discuss his important new project, 100 African Writers of SF/F, which sees Ryman traversing the African continent meeting new creators of science fiction and fantasy to discuss their careers, their work and the places they find themselves working. We […]

Episode 305: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Drowning of New York

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:08:27 +0000

This week we’re joined by the delightful and provocative Kim Stanley Robinson, to discuss his new novel New York 2140, his “comedy of coping” about dealing with catastrophic climate change in the next century, as well as how his previous novel Aurora challenged one of the cherished ideas in science fiction, the literary and artistic function […]

Slow Saturday

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 02:08:25 +0000

I find myself less and less happy with social media, so I’m going to try (again) to blog here with some reliability. I may even try to get the blog to push posts over to social media and let it rest at that for the moment. Or I won’t. Slow start to Saturday. Last night […]

Infinity Wars

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:21:44 +0000

Well, the time has come. I have just recently delivered the manuscript for my latest anthology, Infinity Wars. It’s the sixth book in the ‘Infinity Project’ and while I’m waiting on copyedits for this one I’m already pushing ahead on the seventh. Infinity Wars will be out in the world in September of this year, […]

Episode 304: A New Theory of Science Fiction

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:44:03 +0000

That sounds a bit grandiose, doesn’t it? We’re back rambling, and this week we discuss some of our recent reading (Jonathan finished reading his second novel of the year!!), Gary’s convention, the history of the Crawford Award, voting, and Gary’s new History of Science Fiction. There’s rambling, diversions, and parts of the conversation that just […]

Episode 303: John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly at ICFA

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:08 +0000

This week Gary is in Orlanda, Florida for the International Conference on the Fantastic Arts. Despite being thousands of miles away, across aligator-infested waters, he took the time to sit down with long-time friends of the podcast John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly to discuss John’s new novel The Moon and the Other (Saga Press, April) and […]

Episode 302: The State of Short Fiction

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:22:08 +0000

This week we welcome a record number of guests for a lively discussion of the state of short fiction. We discuss whether or not we’re currently in a “golden age” of short fiction; the welcome growth of multicultural voices; the economic realities of the short fiction market; and how authors can build careers in such […]

Episode 301: On Literary fiction and genre, the moon and more

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:48:19 +0000

This week, after an unintended break because of deadlines and workload, Gary and Jonathan return to the Gershwin Room to discuss the burning question of literary fiction vs genre fiction, what exactly literary science fiction might be, recent books they’ve read, awards nominations, when is a writer a new writer, and so on. Books mentioned during the […]

Episode 300: Kij Johnson Exploring Old Worlds

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:54:57 +0000

This week Gary and Jonathan are joined by Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning writer Kij Johnson to discuss her Nebula Award nominated novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe and her forthcoming novel The River Bank, how it’s possible to re-imagine the worlds of classic fiction in bold and useful ways, recording audiobooks and how reading […]

REPOST: Coode Street Roundtable 4: Paul McAuley’s Into Everywhere

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:39:08 +0000

Repost With awards season upon us, we thought it might be worthwhile to re-release our spoiler heavy roundtable discussions for last year. The fourth 2017 awards-eligible book we discussed was Paul McAuley’s Into Everywhere. Welcome to the fourth episode of The Coode Street Roundtable. The Roundtable is a monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where […]

REPOST: Coode Street Roundtable 3: Patricia A. McKillip’s Kingfisher

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:42:10 +0000

Repost With awards season upon us, we thought it might be worthwhile to re-release our spoiler heavy roundtable discussions for last year. The first 2017 awards-eligible book we discussed was Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky. Welcome to the third episode of The Coode Street Roundtable. The Roundtable is a monthly podcast […]

Episode 299: Liza Groen Trombi and the Locus Year in Review

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:52:12 +0000

For our 299th episode, we are joined once again by Locus editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi for our annual discussion of the Locus Magazine recommended reading list, covering the history of how the list evolved, who participates in compiling it, what its purpose is, and what our own thoughts are about the titles included this year in […]

Episode 298: Lisa Yaszek, Kathleen Ann Goonan and Sisters of Tomorrow

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:05:08 +0000

This week we are joined in our luxurious Coode Street studio by Lisa Yaszek, co-editor (with Patrick B. Sharp) of Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, and our old friend Kathleen Ann Goonan, whose essay “Challenging the Narrative, Or, Women Take Back Science Fiction” serves as a provocative afterword to the anthology. […]

Episode 297: Politics and science fiction

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:18:05 +0000

This week we return to the Gershwin Room to discuss what we’ve been reading lately, what we’re anticipating, what do you when you encounter a story by an idol or a good friend which isn’t quite up to standard, and what the state of political science fiction is, with both Orwell’s 1984 and Sinclair Lewis’s […]

Episode 296: A Return to Normal Programming

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000

It’s a brand new day. A dark, scary depressing day, maybe, but a brand new one. With the 45th president of the United States of America sworn in, Gary and Jonathan turned their attention to more typical things in the first rambling chat of the year. This week they start by chatting about recent trends […]

2017 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:06:37 +0000

It’s awards season and the judges of the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, have released the first major ballot of the year. The nominated works for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for ‘distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the […]

Midnight in the new year

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:03:37 +0000

At midnight tonight Barrack Obama will end his term as the 44th President of the United States. He is, in my opinion, unquestionably the greatest president of my lifetime. I have no real memory of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. I do recall Richard Nixon’s fall from grace, which I consider the most damaging thing done to […]

Friday morning, coming down…

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:31:40 +0000

Friday morning. Up at 4.30am and out for a 5km walk before breakfast and heading in to work. Construction on the nearby freeway continues to make the local neighbourhood foreign and noisier. No coffee with mum this morning, because she has to get ready for some tests, so instead coffee and bagel at Max while […]

Episode 295a: Ellen Klages reads from Passing Strange

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:05:07 +0000

As promised, the wonderful Ellen Klages reads from her forthcoming book Passing Strange. The short reading starts about halfway into a story about two women living in San Francisco in 1940 and what happens to them. Our sincere thanks to Ellen for taking the time to record the reading. Passing Strange is due out on […]

Episode 295: Ellen Klages and Passing Strange

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:03:08 +0000

And we’re back! The bar has been re-stocked, the carpets have been steam cleaned, and we’re ready to go. For the first podcast of 2017, long time friend of the podcast Ellen Klages joins us to discuss her wonderful new book, Passing Strange. Described by the publisher like this: San Francisco in 1940 is a […]

Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 12

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:07:56 +0000

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Solaris Books. The eleventh volume in the series will be published in April 2017, and the twelfth volume will appear in March 2018. I am currently reading for the 2017 volume, and am looking for stories from all branches of science […]

Episode 295 is coming

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:12:06 +0000

After a well-deserved break, our intrepid podcasters are back for 2017 with renewed energy and a definite intent to stagger along till at least August and the WorldCon.   Make sure you tune in or subscribe or listen however you do, as this week Gary and Jonathan will be talking to long-time friend of the […]

Awards Eligibility – 2016

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:15:28 +0000

Awards season is here once again, with nominations now open for the Hugo Awards. Having been fairly busy during 2016, I’ve been fortunate enough to help publish a number of what I think are really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your consideration. It was a year when I edited a […]

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:52:09 +0000

The year is racing towards its usual conclusion. Here at the ends of the world, as temperatures rise, deadlines loom and projects need to be finished so the New Year can begin.  The first thing to be done is finishing the latest volume in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series. Volume 11 […]

Episode 294: Just a Song Before We Go (on hiatus)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:54:13 +0000

The end of the year is upon us, and plans are subject to change. Our intention to do a bunch of end-of-the year episodes has been set aside because of deadlines and other commitments. Instead here’s a conversation about the history of the podcast, about our most disappointing and surprising books of 2016, and much […]

Best Short Novels 2016 – An imaginary list

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:29:22 +0000

I may post about my picks for Best Novella of 2016 as we work our way through the ‘year in review’ period, but for the moment I was pondering what I’d put into my old Best Short Novels series, if I was still editing it for someone today. After a bit of reflection I came […]

Episode 292: Short fiction, defining fantasy and more

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:17:05 +0000

This week we find ourselves talking about the resurgence of the novella in fantasy and SF, the possible reasons behind it, the changes in recent print magazines Asimov’s and Analog, the question of why short fiction seems to be moving in a digital direction whereas the novel not so much–and then we segue unconvincingly into […]

Seven Birthdays on

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:22:01 +0000

As part of the lead up to the publication of Bridging Infinity, is reprinting Ken Liu’s terrific story “Seven Birthdays”. There’s more coming soon too, including a limited giveaway! For the moment, though try Ken’s story and consider picking up a copy of the book!

Episode 291: Radio Free America

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:46:15 +0000

After a week off, we return to discuss just how science fictional the recent American elections are, whether political science fiction has ever had much impact on social attitudes or public policy, what if anything SF has to offer to the disenfranchised, and the representation of women and minorities as characters as well as contributors […]

Alastair Reynolds on “Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee”

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:29:17 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? My story deals with a far-future engineering project to drill down into the Sun, for reasons that are explained in the story. But the story has its basis in the present, as the central protagonist is an Indian scientist who makes a critical discovery during her […]

Charlie Jane Anders on “Rager in Space”

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:11:06 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “Rager in Space” is about peer pressure, and that moment when you realize that maybe you’ve outgrown your best friend. Sion and D-Mei have been inseparable since they were kids, and they’re unrepentant party girls in a world where artificial intelligence failed for some reason that […]

Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty on “Cold Comfort”

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:13:49 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? What was the inspiration behind it? Pat Murphy: If you crack the ice on the right Arctic lake and toss in a match, you can set off a methane flare. That’s not fiction. It’s true. And that’s what inspired the story. (If you doubt me, search […]

Reviews of Bridging Infinity

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 01:32:22 +0000

Reviews of Bridging Infinity are starting to appear. Here are some links, if you’d like to see what people are saying about the book: Review by Brit Mandelo at Review by Alex Pierce at Randomly Yours, Alex Review by Adam at Edge of Infinity Review by Chris Meadows at Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews Review […]

Pamela Sargent on “Monuments”

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:37:20 +0000

Q: What was the inspiration behind your story? My home town of Albany, capital of the state and a city much changed by the construction of the Empire State Plaza under then – Governor Nelson Rockefeller, an exercise in grandiose architecture and megalomania that cost 2 billion dollars and was the largest government complex ever built […]

Gregory Benford and Larry Niven on “Mice Among Elephants”

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:23:50 +0000

Larry Niven and I wrote “Mice Among Elephants” because the recent LIGO discovery of gravitational waves excited our interest. We had set up in our two previous novels together, Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar, a mystery about the target star of an interstellar starship, Glory. Glory seemed to be a normal solar system – so […]

Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell’s “The Mighty Slinger”

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:37:17 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? We wanted to tell an unapologetically Caribbean story, no explanations, no watering-down. People from small nations often travel far for work and get overlooked by large corporate and political interests. We made them the heroes that saved and mended our broken, used-up Earth when no-one else […]

Ken Liu on “Seven Birthdays”

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:54:20 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? My story starts out as a “climate change” geo-engineering story based on ideas circulating in the scientific community but soon veers in an unexpected direction. It explores themes of family, our post-human essence, and the weight of history, which are close to my heart. But best […]

Stephen Baxter on “The Venus Generations”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:45:39 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? Venus ought to be a twin of Earth. Instead, a little too close to the sun, a runaway greenhouse effect long ago removed all the water and covered it in an atmosphere as thick as an ocean. Even compared to Mars it’s a massive challenge to […]

Allen M. Steele on “Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:39:03 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex” is set in the expanded universe of the Coyote series, which are novels and stories that take place elsewhere in the galaxy besides the 47 Ursae Majoris system but share the same background. In this instance, it’s a story […]

Karin Lowachee on “Ozymandias”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:35:40 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? The concept of the anthology intrigued me, but to be honest I cycled through a handful of ideas before settling on the one that became Ozymandias. The title refers to the sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of my favorites since I was young, because of […]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on “The City’s Edge”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:29:15 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “The City’s Edge” focuses on a failed engineering project—one that was on track, and then disappeared in the dead of night. There’s more than one gigantic engineering piece in this story, which made it fun to write. Q: What was the inspiration behind your story? When […]

Thoraiya Dyer on “Induction”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:25:30 +0000

Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? Rising sea levels threaten Anguilla, but businessmen can always make a buck. It’s up to an ex-astronaut to save the ordinary people from his half-brother if he can. With the help of an engineer. From the depths of a shaft drilled the full thickness of Earth’s […]

Places to buy Bridging Infinity

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 03:17:53 +0000

There are many great booksellers out there who can help you get your copy of Bridging Infinity. Here are some that might be near you! Indiebound Alibris Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Aus Anderson’s Bookshop Bank Square Books Barnes & Noble Blue Willow Bookshop Book Passage Book People Books & Books Inc. Books Inc. Books-a-Million Bookshout Booksmith […]

The Loud Table, Jonathan Carroll

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:53:50 +0000

At his best, Jonathan Carroll is a master at subtly and perceptively portraying the foibles of the human condition. You can see it in everything from early novels like Bones of the Moon and Sleeping in Flame to more recent work like The Ghost in Love and Bathing the Lion. And while he’s not best […]

Going to San Antonio next year?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 03:19:44 +0000

I have just signed up to join the 190 other people who are planning on attending the 2017 World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas in November 2017. Now is a great time to buy a membership, given the price will rise tomorrow (from $150 to $225). I think it’s also a great time to […]

Episode 290: David Levine and Fran Wilde

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:22:25 +0000

This week, from the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, Gary is joined by Hugo-winning David Levine (Arabella of Mars) and Andre Norton-winning Fran Wilde (Updraft, Cloudbound) to discuss various matters from Regency interplanetary adventures to bone cities to where SF titles come from,and balances between SF, fantasy, pulp traditions, and YA elements in SF’s emerging new eclecticism. As […]

Media Files:

Keeping busy in 2017

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:07:10 +0000

With the year nearly over, how does 2017 look for me? It looks a little quieter, to be honest. Book-wise, I should have two new anthologies out. Infinity Wars, the sixth Infinity anthology, should be out from Solaris some time in June. It will follow The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume […]

Sheri S. Tepper

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:09:12 +0000

I was very sorry to hear this morning that Sheri S. Tepper had passed away. She started writing later in life, or at least publishing later in life, as a number of fine writers have, and ended up being extremely prolific through the 1980s and into the 1990s. I first encountered Tepper’s work through her early novels in […]

Episode 289: Baseball, Bob and more

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:33:06 +0000

The Coode Street Podcast stumbles towards its three hundredth episode with another discursive chat between co-hosts Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. Topics this week include Bob Dylan, the Nobel and accepting awards; baseball in science fiction; and other stuff which, if we were honest, we might admit we don’t remember. Nonetheless, time was spent […]

Episode 288: Kai Ashante Wilson and A Taste of Honey

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:09:15 +0000

This week we sit down with Crawford Award winning author Kai Ashante Wilson to discuss his fiction, his career and the pros and cons of being a late starter. We focus on his multiple-award nominated novella “The Devil in America“, Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, and his new book, the just-released and highly recommended A Taste of Honey. […]

Episode 287: The Series Hugo and more

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:24:04 +0000

After last week’s experiments with audio ended up in a lost recording, this week we turned to more traditional methods to make sure we’d be bringing you a new episode this week.  For about an hour, Gary an d I discuss the new Best Series category for the Hugo Awards (in great and possible inaccurate […]

No episode this week

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:15:06 +0000

With apologies, there’ll be no new episode this week. Gary and I sat down over the weekend and recorded a new episode where we discussed new books coming out, important writers of the 2000s and the new Hugo series award, but sadly we don’t have that episode. We were trialling a new recording product, Zencastr, […]

Jemisin’s The City Born Great

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:34:15 +0000

I’ve not read a lot of fiction by Nora Jemisin but I really, really enjoyed her new short story for  It comes with some lovely art by Richie Pope.  Definitely recommended.

Episode 286: Eugene Fischer and Jo Walton

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:14:55 +0000

In the final of our conversations recorded during MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, we sit down with Hugo and Nebula winner Jo Walton and Tiptree Award winner Eugene Fischer for a wide-ranging and insightful discussion that touches not only upon their own fiction, but of the kind of reading that helped shape it, […]

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Episode 285: Connie Willis and Crosstalk

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:52:40 +0000

This week we are joined by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Connie Willis to discuss her new novel, Crosstalk, which is just out in the UK from Gollancz and will be out in the US early next month. The publisher describes Crosstalk like this: Briddey is about to get exactly what she thinks she wants… Briddey […]

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Episode 284: Alastair Reynolds, Revenger and the Far, Far Future

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:24:08 +0000

This week we are joined by the estimable Alastair Reynolds, celebrating the publication of his new space-pirate adventure tale Revenger and his collaboration with Stephen Baxter, The Medusa Chronicles. We also discuss the attraction many SF readers and writers have for maritime adventures, the influence and heritage of Arthur C. Clarke (as well as Asimov and Heinlein), the […]

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Episode 283: Kelly Robson and the Waters of Versailles

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 02:21:03 +0000

When Gary and I were in Kansas City for MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention last month, we were fortunate enough to sit down with a handful of really interesting people. One of the highlights was getting to chat with the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon award nomination author of “Waters of Versailles”, Kelly […]

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Coode Street Roundtable 7: Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 01:57:39 +0000

Welcome to the seventh episode of The Coode Street Roundtable. The Roundtable is a monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where panelists James Bradley, Ian Mond, and Jonathan Strahan, joined by occasional special guests, discuss a new or recently released science fiction or fantasy novel. With James busy with housemoving and such, we’re joined by […]

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Episode 283: Kelly Robson and the Waters of Versailles

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:18:07 +0000

When Gary and I were in Kansas City for MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention last month, we were fortunate enough to sit down with a handful of really interesting people.  One of the highlights was getting to chat with the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon award nomination author of “Waters of Versailles”, Kelly […]

Episode 282: Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson and the Craft of Short Fiction

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:06:31 +0000

Over the past several years we’ve been fortunate to record episodes of the Coode Street Podcast in front of a live audience. One of the highlights of MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention was when we got to sit down with convention Guest of Honor Michael Swanwick and award-winning author Kij Johnson to discuss the craft of short […]


Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:36:06 +0000

A quick note on copyright and Coode Street. The Coode Street Podcast and all of its episodes are copyright Coode Street Productions and Gary K. Wolfe. They may not be copied, transcribed or reused without written permission. If you would like to use a transcription of any episode of the Coode Street Podcast please email […]

On hiatus

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 21:14:09 +0000

Gary and Jonathan were supposed to record an episode this weekend, but that didn’t quite work out, as sometimes happens. And now they’re on hiatus again. This coming weekend Jonathan’s travelling to the United States for MidAmericon 2 and the following weekend he and Gary are actually at the convention, possibly recording some episodes. After […]

Episode 281: Liza Trombi, books we’re looking forward to, and more

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:23:11 +0000

This week, in a quick episode recorded between hiatuses, we are joined by Locus Editor-in Chief Liza Groen Trombi to discuss the upcoming WorldCon, how Locus approaches covering the event, and books we’ve read recently and liked, and books we’re looking forward to. As always, our thanks to Liza for making the time to be […]

Episode 280: The Project of SF

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:31:07 +0000

After our longest hiatus so far, Jonathan is back from Italy and Gary is back from Readercon, and we ramble on about such questions as whether modern SF can be characterized as optimistic or pessimistic, how some stories survive as influences despite their obvious flaws, whether modern SF holds on to some of its cherished […]


Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:45:06 +0000

The Coode Street Podcast is on hiatus until July 24. Have a great summer (or winter)!

Episode 279: Tom Reamy, posterity and the death of the midlist

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:39:05 +0000

Before Coode Street goes on hiatus for a few weeks when each of us travel to various exotic realms, we address a question which Jonathan raised about new editions of work by Clifford Simak and Tom Reamy—namely, what happens to the work of older writers in a world in which the midlist has all but […]

Coode Street Live!

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:09:05 +0000

There will be at least one live Coode Street show this coming summer. We’re going to be at MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri over the weekend of 17-21 August! We’ve already lined up some special guests and just as soon as we have an official time we will […]

Episode 278: Life achievement and such

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:22:11 +0000

This weekend Gary and Jonathan found time amongst their growing commitments to grab an hour or so and sit down over a microphone and discuss the World Fantasy Awards life achievement award, its rules, its recipients, and some people they feel might be considered for the award.  We also have announced that we will be […]

No episode this week

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 15:41:06 +0000

There won’t be a new episode of the Coode Street Podcast this week. Gary is awak on ICFA business, so with one thing or another, we can’t seem to work out timing. We both figure you’ll all be fine till next week. You will, won’t you? Let us know what you’re going to do instead […]

Coode Street Roundtable 5: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 08:43:11 +0000

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Coode Street Roundtable. The Roundtable is a monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where panelists James Bradley, Ian Mond, and Jonathan Strahan, joined by occasional special guests, discuss a new or recently released science fiction or fantasy novel. Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky This month we discuss […]

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Episode 277: Books we’re looking forward to…

Sat, 28 May 2016 17:10:06 +0000

We nearly did it. We nearly stayed on topic… This week, we reminisce briefly about six years of the Coode Street Podcast (an anniversary we overlooked a few weeks ago), and then segue, after a few brief diversionary rambles, into a discussion of the books we are both looking forward to in the next six […]

Episode 218: Harlan Ellison, Bill Schafer and the Volcano

Fri, 27 May 2016 12:23:09 +0000

We don’t often do this, but in recognition of Harlan Ellison’s 82nd birthday we thought we’d republish the episode from 2015 where Gary and Bill Shafer talked to Harlan about The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison. Although Jonathan wasn’t able to join us on this one,they got into some fascinating […]

Episode 276: Storms, outages and awards

Sat, 21 May 2016 19:50:09 +0000

Winter is coming. Well, in Perth. An early storm huffed and puffed and knocked the power out part way through a ramble on awards and longevity (or something). We persevered. The power came back up and we rambled on.  This is an old-style episode about nothing much. If that’s your thing, then have at it! […]

Walter Jon Williams’ Impersonations

Fri, 20 May 2016 22:49:46 +0000

So I’ve been working away. In amongst editing anthologies, pitching new ones, working for Locus, recording podcasts, and such, I’ve been working with the team at to bring you some pretty exciting novellas and short fiction.  The latest one, Impersonations, is a fantastic novel-length adventure by Walter Jon Williams set in his Praxis series. […]

No episode this week

Sat, 14 May 2016 15:59:10 +0000

There won’t be a new episode of the Coode Street Podcast this week. Gary attending the Nebula weekend, so with one thing or another, we can’t seem to work out timing. We both figure you’ll all be fine till next week. You will, won’t you? Let us know what you’re going to do instead of […]