For our 350th(!) episode, Jonathan and Gary basically just ramble on. We begin with the question of how long to stick with a novel which seems to be going off the rails, and comment a bit on what different kinds of readers expect from long novels.
Later we move on to questions about anthologies, and what to expect from recent anthologies of Chinese, Korean, South Asian, and Israeli science fiction: should they try to represent an entire national tradition, or simply focus on excellent stories? And can readers not from those cultures ever fully appreciate the full nuances of such fiction?
That, in turn, leads us to discuss anthologies that have been historically important, although not always widely recognized, such as Vonda McIntyre and Susan Anderson’s Aurora: Beyond Equality from 1976, and anthologies widely celebrated, like Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. On a personal note, anthologies that shaped our own reading included (for Gary) Judith Merril’s horribly titled England Swings SF and (for Jonathan) Michael Bishop’s Light Years and Dark. And we end briefly discussing an issue, raised by Fonda Lee, about writers gaining shelf space in bookstores amid all the perennial classics and bestsellers.
Episode 352: A Surplus of Us
Episode 351: A Quick One
Episode 349: Sarah Pinsker on the road
Episode 348: Nebulas, Hugos, ereading and more
Episode 347: Charlie Jane Anders and The City in the Middle of the Night
Episode 346: Neil Clarke and the State of Short Fiction in 2018
Episode 345: Liza Trombi, Locus, and the Year in Review
Episode 344: Time, Cities and Moving to the Poles
Episode 343: Grand Masters and other Awards...
Episode 342: The Books of 2019
Episode 341: 2018 Year in Review
Episode 340: Andy Duncan and the Road to Utopia
REPOST - Episode 339 - The Road to Baltimore
Episode 339: The Road to Baltimore
Episode 338: Alec Nevala-Lee, Andy Duncan, and the Astounding Legacy
Episode 337: Rich Larson and the Future of Science Fiction (sort of)
Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read...
REISSUE - Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience
Episode 335: Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and the Workshop Experience
Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon
The Disney Story Origins Podcast
The Drabblecast Audio Fiction Podcast M4A
Alohomora!: A Global Reread of Harry Potter
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