While I was at Archipelacon I was invited to take part in a recording of the Coode Street Podcast. Gary Wolfe was a Guest of Honor at the convention, and he wanted to do a podcast with fellow GoH, Karin Tidbeck. I guess I was invited along as an expert on Nordic fandom or some such. Anyway, it was a lot of fun, and the podcast is now available online. You can listen to it via the Coode Street website, or via Tor.com. I’m not sure whether the versions are exactly the same — I’ve only listened to the former.
So what did we talk about? Well, there was a lot of discussion of tranlsation, so I figured I should provide a reading list of books, etc. that I mentioned. Here you go:
- Lord of All Things – Andreas Eschbach
- The Engelsfors trilogy – Sara B Elfgren & Mats Strandberg (The Circle, Fire & The Key)
- The Snow White trilogy – Salla Simukka (As Red As Blood, As White As Snow, As Black As Ebony)
- The Method – Juli Zeh
- Finnish Weird
- Blaft Publications
- Solaris – Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston translation
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne, Miller & Walter translation
- The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
- Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange (and my comments on the book here)
- and last but by no means least, Jagganath – Karin Tidbeck
In addition we talked about YA literature, dystopias, the Barcelona and Dortmund Eurocons, Nordic crime fiction, fiction in indigenous peoples, what Swedish people think of the Thor movies, Sense8, stereotyping of nerd culture, and of course Karin’s writing.