Two Chairs Talking

Two ex-chairmen of the World SF Convention talk about books, movies, science fiction fandom, and much else.

David and Perry discuss 1961, an amazingly good year for science fiction:

  • Hugo Time Machine (1961)
  • Novel nominees
    • Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
    • The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
    • Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon
    • Deathworld by Harry Harrison
    • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jnr
    • Other books which might have been nominated
  • Short Fiction nominees
    • Need by Theodore Sturgeon
    • The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
    • Open to Me, My Sister by Phillip Jose Farmer
    • The Longest Voyage by Poul Anderson
    • Other possible nominees
  • Windup

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Perry and David discuss:

  • Follow-ups
  • What we've been reading
    • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
    • The Lost City of Z by David Grand
    • Nova Mob - Ian Mond's recommendations
    • Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan
    • Ordinary People by Sally Rooney
    • Voices by Ursula Le Guin
    • The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace
    • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • The Shelflife of Zora Cross - Interview with Lucy Sussex
  • Interstellar - the movie
  • What we have planned

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David and Perry discuss:

  • Best movies 2019 -- Perry

    • Avengers - Infinity War
    • Captain Marvel
    • All Is True
    • Knives Out
    • John Wick Chapter 3
  • Best Movies 2019 -- David
    • Mortal Engines
    • First Man
    • Re-watched movies
  • Best TV 2019 --Perry
    • Game of Thrones
    • For All Mankind
    • Mr Mercedes
  • Best TV -- David
    • For All Mankind
    • Morning Wars
    • Good Omens
    • The Boys
    • Goliath
  • Trying to keep up
  • The Hugo Time Machine -- 1960
    • Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    • Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
    • Short Fiction nominees
    • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    • The Twilight Zone
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Wind-up

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Our longest episode yet! Perry and David discuss the Australian bushfire crisis and look back at the best books they read in 2019:

  • Australian bushfire crisis
  • Overview of 2019 reading -- David
  • Overview of 2020 reading -- Perry
  • SF & Fantasy -- David
    • Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
    • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
    • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  • SF -- Perry
    • Blackfish City
    • Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
    • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    • Embers of War by Gareth Powell
  • Honourable Mentions -- Perry
  • Honourable Mentions -- David
  • Fantasy -- Perry
    • Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
    • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    • Fire And Blood by George R. R Martin
    • Witchmark by C. L. Polk
  • Literary Fiction -- David
    • Standard Ebooks
    • Tono-Bungay by H. G. Wells
    • Middlemarch by George Eliot
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
    • Honourable Mentions -- David
  • Literary Fiction -- Perry
    • To the Islands by Randolph Stowe
    • Possession by A. S. Byatt
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
    • The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    • The Plains by Gerald Murnane
    • Honourable Mentions -- Perry
  • Horror -- Perry
    • Experimental Film by Gemma Files
    • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
    • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Crime/Thriller -- David
    • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
    • Lady Audley's Secret by M. E. Braddon
    • Moskva by Jack Grimwood
    • Crimson Lake and Redemption Point by Candice Fox
    • Honourable Mentions -- David
  • Crime -- Perry
    • Sands of Windee by Arthur Upfield
    • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
    • Kill Shot by Garry Disher
    • The Lost Man by Jane Harper
    • Redemption Point by Candice Fox
    • Honourable Mentions -- Perry
  • Best Thriller/Spy -- Perry
    • Smiley's People by John Le Carre
    • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • Young Adult -- David
    • The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pulman
    • Fever Crumb trilogy by Phillip Reeve
  • Young Adult -- Perry
    • Gifts by Ursula K Le Guin
    • Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  • Anthologies & Single-Author Collections -- Perry
    • The Years Best Science Fiction : 33rd Annual Collection Edited by Gardner Dozois
    • The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2 Edited by Neil Clarke
    • The Best SF&F of the Year: Volume Eleven Edited by Jonathan Stahan
    • Short Fiction by H. G. Wells
    • The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
    • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
    • The Custodians and Other Stories by Richard Cowper
  • Novellas -- Perry
    • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
    • Time Was by Ian Mcdonald
    • Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan
    • Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds
    • Honourable Mentions -- Perry
  • Non-Fiction -- David
    • Blockbuster by Lucy Sussex
    • Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
    • South by Ernest Shackleton
    • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
    • A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald
    • Honourable Mentions -- David
  • Non Fiction -- Perry
    • On Writing by Stephen King
    • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
    • Sagaland by Kari Gislason and Richard Fidler
    • Underland by Robert Macfarlane
    • The Shelf Life of Zora Cross by Cathy Perkins
  • Honourable Mentions -- Perry
  • Best Overall -- David
  • Best Overall -- Perry
  • Looking forward to -- David
  • Looking forward to -- Perry
  • Food for the soul
  • Wind-Up

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David and Perry discuss:

  • Taking a break/Next Year
  • The perils of Alternate History
    • Alternate histories in general
    • The Plot Against America
    • Lord Darcy Books by Randall Garrett
  • Recent Reading
    • Witchmark
    • The Sudden Appearance of Hope
  • Hugo Time Machine 1959
    • A Case of Conscience by James Blish
    • Who? by Algis Budrys
    • The Big Front Yard by Clifford Simak
    • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
    • The Man Who Murdered Mohammed by Alfred Bester
  • Blade Runners
    • Blade Runner - Original
    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    • Tears in the Rain
    • Fiery the angels fell
    • Versions of the film
    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Arrival (the movie)
    • Sicario
    • Ryan Gosling
    • First Man
  • Wind-up

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Perry and David discuss:

  • Intro
  • The NBN
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • Borderline by Mishell Baker
  • Experimental Film by Gemma Files
  • The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine
  • Possession by A. S. Byatt
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  • The Boys (Amazon Prime)
  • Watchmen (HBO/Foxtel)
  • His Dark Materials (BBC/HBO)
  • For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • Hugo Time Machine 1958
    • The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
    • Other books in the genre in 1958
    • Big Planet by Jack Vance
    • Cosmic Puppets and Eye in the Sky by P.K.Dick
    • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    • The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke
    • Door Into Summer and Citizen of the Galaxy by Heinlein
    • The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle
    • Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
    • On the Beach by Neville Shute
    • Wasp by Eric Frank Russell
    • Or All the Seas With Oysters
    • The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Windup

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David and Perry discuss:

  • Intro
  • Follow-up
    • Making of the Hugo rocketships
    • Naming of the Hugos
    • Don't use us as a reference!
  • Hugo Time Machine 1957
    • Best Fan Magazine
    • Why no fiction awards?
    • What were the magazines publishing?
  • Alien (1979)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • The Ridley Scott Alien Trilogy
  • Blade Runner
  • The Duelists
  • Fire and Blood
  • Are the Hugos a good guide to best SF?
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    • The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
    • Station Eleven by Evelyn St.John Mandel
    • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
    • Self-Published works
  • Interview with Daniel Scott White
    • DSW: Unfit Magazine, Unreal Magazine
    • DSW: Platform Revolution
  • Wind-up

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Perry and David talk about:

  • Follow-up
  • Listening to our own episodes
  • Getting our facts wrong
  • Perry's views on diversity in the SF field
  • Do the awards truly indicate quality?
  • Other awards in the field
  • Interview with Lucy Sussex
    • Discovering Mary Fortune
    • Ellen Davitt
    • 'Force and Fraud' - Australia's first murder mystery
    • Mary Fortune's reputation
    • Anticipates the police procedural
    • Police looked down on
    • French writer Émile Gaboriau
    • Australian interest in true crime
    • Wilkie Collins and 'The Moonstone'
    • Fascination with Australian settings
    • Mary Braddon
    • Ellen Wood
    • Marcus Clarke and 'His Natural Life'
    • 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab'
    • 'Blockbuster'
    • Fergus Hume
    • Melbourne the centre of theatre
    • Nailed colonial Victoria
    • Unusual structure of the novel
    • Victoria's Chinese detective
    • Concept of The Great Detective
    • Crime novels as commentary on society
    • Marvellous Melbourne - only for some
    • 'Blockbuster' story of a publishing phenomenon
    • Frederick Trischler
    • Print run of 5,000
    • Hume sells copyright for £50
    • Kicks off interest in crime fiction
    • Interest in Australia
    • Pirated in the United States
    • Literature a dicey business
    • Theatrical versions
    • Hume goes to England
    • Was Hume gay?
    • Oscar Wilde
    • Blackmail?
    • Theosophy
    • Spiritualism - Doyle, Houdini
    • Hume's connections in England
    • Haddon Chambers
    • Lucy's further research
    • Anne Perry
    • Further research
  • Windup

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David and Perry discuss:

  • Recent reading
  • Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin
  • Ian Tregillis
    • The Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis
    • The Alchemy Wars by Ian Tregillis
    • Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis
  • Binge reading
  • The Hugo Time Machine 1956
    • Double Star by Robert Heinlein
    • Heinlein's sexual attitudes
    • Other nominees
    • Three to Conquer by Eric Frank Russell
    • End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
    • The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
    • First woman to be nominated
    • Exploration Team by Murray Leinster
    • The Star by Arthur C. Clarke
    • End As A World by F.L. Wallace
    • Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith
    • Astounding SF Magazine
  • John W. Campbell Jnr
  • Controversy over Award Naming
    • Criticism by Jeanette Ng
    • JWC Memorial Award
    • World Fantasy Award
    • James Tiptree Jnr Award
    • Arthur C. Clarke Award
    • Hugo Gernsback
    • Perils of naming awards after people
    • The Oscars
  • 2019 Hugos
    • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
    • For All Mankind
    • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
    • If At First You Don't Succeed by Zen Cho
    • A Witch's Guide to Escape by Alix E. Harrow
    • Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers
    • Archive of Our Own
    • Into the Spider-Verse
    • The Good Place
    • Hugo Awards Website
  • Windup

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Perry and David talk about:

  • Perry's Return
  • Hiking in Iceland
  • Thanks to David and Carey
  • Dublin Worldcon
    • Worldcon Business Meeting
    • Choice of next Worldcon site
    • New Zealand Worldcon 2020
    • Future Worldcon sites
    • Convention experience
    • Membership numbers
    • Becoming a convention member
    • Too many members
    • Summing up the convention
  • Connie Willis
    • Oxford Time Travel Novels by Connie Willis
    • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
    • Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
    • Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis
    • Passage by Connie Willis
  • The Choke by Sophie Laguna
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • Embers of War by Gareth Powell
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper

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