Two Chairs Talking
Episode 63: And after the fire…

Episode 63: And after the fire…

October 12, 2021

David and Perry discuss -- and disagree about -- "The Bass Rock" and "Notes from the Burning Age" as well as two of the novels nominated for this year's Hugo Award.

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Episode 62: Lord of the Underworld

Episode 62: Lord of the Underworld

September 28, 2021

Perry and David talk about crime novels again, discussing books by Australian writers Garry Disher and Candice Fox, a classic by Dorothy L. Sayers, and others.

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Episode 61: The joining of three tides

Episode 61: The joining of three tides

September 14, 2021

David and Perry discuss recent news and go on to discuss their projects outside the podcast. They also talk about some nominees for this year's Hugo Best Novel award.

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Illustration: painting by Johann Wilhelm Schirmer (1807-1863)

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Episode 60: Tales Twice Told

Episode 60: Tales Twice Told

August 31, 2021

Perry and David discuss recent award winners, the nominees for the Short Story category of this year's Hugos, and the books they've been reading.

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Illustration by Arthur Rackham, courtesy of Old Book Illustrations.

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Episode 59: Thoroughly informed

Episode 59: Thoroughly informed

August 17, 2021

David and Perry discuss the nominees in the Novelette category for this year's Hugo Awards, and go on to talk about their other recent reading.

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Episode 58: An eye on the box

Episode 58: An eye on the box

August 3, 2021

Perry and David discuss recent award shortlists and then go on to talk about television shows they have recently watched.

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Episode 57: From a skewed perspective

Episode 57: From a skewed perspective

July 21, 2021

David and Perry discuss the nominees for Best Novella at this year's Hugo Awards, then talk about some more recent reading.

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Episode 56: Labyrinths and rooftops

Episode 56: Labyrinths and rooftops

July 6, 2021

Perry and David nominate their best reads in the year so far and then go on to discuss their recent reading, ranging from children's books to a strange novel by a Japanese author

  • Locus Awards (03:25)
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award (01:37)
  • Other Awards (01:03)
  • David's top 5 books of the year so far (02:51)
    • Clarissa Harlowe by Samuel Richardson (00:56)
    • The Women in Black by Madeleine St John (00:10)
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (00:13)
    • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (00:08)
    • Lavengro / Romany Rye by George Borrow (00:25)
  • Perry's top 5 books of the year so far (04:11)
    • Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin (01:24)
    • Dune by Frank Herbert (00:54)
    • The Yield by Tara Jane Winch (00:11)
    • First Love by Ivan Turgenev (00:51)
    • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (00:17)
  • Emails and Tweets of Comment (01:57)
  • Why You Should Read Children's Books by Katherine Rundell (04:32)
  • The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman (06:08)
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (07:15)
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (07:08)
  • The Labyrinth by Amanda Lowrey (06:26)
  • Lavengro, Romany Rye by George Borrow (06:08)
  • Interlibrary Loan by Gene Wolfe (05:46)
  • Windup (01:11)

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Illustration: rooftops of Paris.

Episode 55: Make me know the nature of their crimes

Episode 55: Make me know the nature of their crimes

June 22, 2021

David and Perry return to their life of crime and discuss several excellent crime novels by Australian authors and others. They jointly discuss "The Chase", the latest novel by Candice Fox.

  • Hugo Voting Packet (02:42)
  • Miles Franklin Award shortlist (03:00)
  • ALS Gold Medal (02:36)
  • The Dragon Man by Garry Disher (07:51)
  • The Wife and the Widow by Christian White (08:32)
  • Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher (09:02)
  • Later by Stephen King (06:56)
  • The Chase by Candice Fox (10:18)
  • Windup (01:26)

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Episode 54: Fandom is a way of life

Episode 54: Fandom is a way of life

June 8, 2021

Perry and David discuss science fiction fandom and their introduction to it via amateur magazine publishing. Perry interviews Rose Mitchell, the Fan Guest of Honour at CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon.

  • Nebula Awards 2021 (07:01)

    • Best Novel: Network Effect by Martha Wells (00:46)
    • Best Novella: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (00:59)
    • Best Novelette: “Two Truths and a Lie”, Sarah Pinsker (00:19)
    • Best Short Story: “Open House on Haunted Hill”, John Wiswell (01:19)
    • Best Game Writing: Hades by Greg Kasavin (00:12)
    • Ray Bradbury Award: The Good Place (00:25)
    • Andre Norton Award: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (00:58)
  • Fanzines and Fandom (00:29)
  • What is a fanzine? (03:02)
  • Changes in terminology and technology (00:57)
  • Amateur Press Associations (00:19)
  • ANZAPA (01:26)
  • Wanting to be a writer (00:38)
  • How apas work (03:43)
  • General distribution fanzines (01:53)
  • Why publish a genzine? (01:07)
  • Visual design of fanzines (01:10)
  • Including illustrations (03:07)
  • Email and the Internet (04:02)
  • Changed the dynamic (03:04)
  • Ego scanning (01:56)
  • Access to old material (02:51)
  • Running conventions (01:49)
  • Younger people and fanzines (03:24)
  • Using up our creative energy (04:13)
  • Interview with Rose Mitchell (44:58)
    • Getting in to SF (04:53)
    • Becoming involved with organising (02:09)
    • Attending conventions (04:41)
    • Things started to change (00:22)
    • Melbourne SF Club (00:39)
    • Getting involved with Worldcon 1999 (01:16)
    • Appointed as Treasurer of convention (02:46)
    • Did the 1999 Worldcon change your ideas of fandom? (01:46)
    • After 1999 (01:31)
    • Running national and smaller conventions (01:44)
    • Chairing national conventions (00:29)
    • Attending overseas conventions (01:24)
    • Chair of the 2010 Worldcon (02:38)
    • After 2010 (03:15)
    • New Zealand Worldcon bid (02:44)
    • Fan Guest of Honour (07:22)
    • What does the future hold? (00:12)
    • Australian Science Fiction Foundation (00:14)
    • Fully retired (03:51)
  • Windup (01:29)

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Illustration: a selection of Australian fanzines.

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