In this episode of SF Crossing the Gulf, we revisit Season 2. There’s general consensus that our podcasts on Jagannath and Distances are among our favorites ever, and that there’s still a lot of value found in some of the older science fiction such as Olaf Stapledon and Cordwainer Smith.
We will have a little bit of in-between-season content, since Gary K. Wolfe has agreed to join us and talk a little bit more about Cordwainer Smith. And of course we reserve the right to throw out a “special” podcast when the mood suits us! But the main plan is to start Season 3 in the Winter, focusing on international (non US/UK/Australia) science fiction and only tackling one short story per episode. A few that we’re definitely going to cover include “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia and translated by Ken Liu, and Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel” in the original Spanish. We’ll also be choosing stories from Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Weird, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic ed. by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown, and AfroSF, ed. Ivor Hartmann. If you have any short fiction that you think we should tackle, please leave a note in the comments!