Even though tropical rain forests cover less than 6 percent of the earth’s surface, scientists estimate that at least half of all animal species in the world live there. Animals of the various tropical rainforests around the world evolved thousands of miles from one another, and are therefore different from continent to continent and even from forest to forest.
Most tropical rainforest habitats are home to a number of primate species, from the myriad monkeys (spider monkeys and howler monkeys, for example) of Central and South America to the monkeys, baboons and great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas) of Africa to the monkeys and apes (gibbons and orangutans) of Southern Asia. Among rain forest reptiles, the pythons of Africa and Asia have their New World counterpart in the anaconda of the Amazon jungle.
This video of a baby short-tailed fruit bat and his human caretaker will make you see bats in a whole different light.
The hairy frogfish lives in tropical and subtropical waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Adult male mountain gorillas drum their chests with their open hands in order to make a popping noise that resounds through the forest. Nto only are naked mole rats naked, but even though they are mammals, their family structure more closely resembles that of bees, ants, wasps, and other social insects. The archer fish, which is native to southern Asia, Polynesia, and Australia, employs one of the world's most unique methods of hunting. It's one of the weirdest things that happens in nature: One species of ant making slaves of another. Deep sea anglerfish live so far down in the ocean that there is very little light in their environment. Most species of spiders are insectivorous, meaning that they survive by catching and eating insects. Although they might remind us of monkeys, the 16 species of gibbon are apes—a family of higher primates that also includes chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gorillas, and humans. Like the bower bird, most of the 42 bird-of-paradise species are found on the Island of New Guinea.
Australia LandformsNote: Australia is extremely dry, with about 35 percent of the country receiving very little rain (if any). This week, we reminisce briefly about six years of the Coode Street Podcast (an anniversary we overlooked a few weeks ago), and then segue, after a few brief diversionary rambles, into a discussion of the books we are both looking forward to in the next six months or so, touching upon new books by Angela Slatter, John Crowley, Peter Beagle, Jeffrey Ford, Kameron Hurley, Alastair Reynolds, Ursula K.
Although Jonathan wasn’t able to join us on this one,they got into some fascinating stories about Thomas Pynchon, Octavia Butler, Harlan’s famous house (including the “grotto”), the role of small-press publishers in the history of the field, and what it all looks like from the perspective of a legendary writer in his 81st year.
Having made the unforgivable mistake of winning a war without the proper permission, Captain Caroline Sula has been exiled to Earth, a distant backwater far from the heart of Empire, the sort of place where careers go to die. With this novel-length adventure featuring one of his most popular characters, Nebula winner Walter Jon Williams returns to the universe the Praxis in fine style!
This week writer, editor and now publisher Jack Dann, a long-time friend of the podcast, joins Jonathan and Gary to discuss his role in launching new small press publishing imprint PS Australia and his forthcoming anthology, Dreaming in the Dark. As always, we’d like to thank Jack for being a guest on the podcast, and hope you all enjoy the episode! The Hugo nominations came out last week.  As is always the case, they are the tabulated nominations from a wide variety of people. Given that, and given the various parties involved these days, I thought I might list some of what went on my own ballot, if only because it might be of some interest to people as a reading list. Of the books listed, Stan Robinson’s smart, thoughtful, challenging Aurora was my favourite of the year. This month Coode Street co-host Gary Wolfe joins us to discuss Into Everwhere, the latest novel from Paul McAuley. The Jackaroo, those enigmatic aliens who claim to have come to help, gave humanity access to worlds littered with ruins and scraps of technology left by long-dead client races.
The dissolute scion of a powerful merchant family, and a woman living in seclusion with only her dog and her demons for company, have become infected by a copies of a powerful chunk of alien code. If you’re keen to avoid spoilers, we recommend reading the book before listening to the episode.
We encourage all of our listeners to leave comments here and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible. During the podcast Jonathan incorrectly says Paul McAuley’s next novel, Austral, is due in late 2016. The Coode Street Roundtable will return at the end of May with a discussion of Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky. As we head into our third straight week without a guest on the podcast, we confront our lack of organisation with a smile and a nod. This week’s ramble touches upon a bunch of issues, from Hugo nominations and awards (of course) to what it takes to be called a major science fiction writer, the need for more translations of non-English language science fiction, the advantages and disadvantages of “fix-ups,” “story suites,” and collections of linked stories, and whether SF has developed a kind of informal hierarchy favoring American and British SF, followed by Australian and Canadian writers, and leaving most other world science fiction as a kind of niche interest (which we dearly hope is beginning to change). Hard at work here (well, actually sort of goofing off right now) on the next Infinity book. Coming up are some terrific new stories by Kij Johnson, Walter Jon Williams, Lavie Tidhar and others. We discussed his sometimes controversial approach to alternate history, the question of borrowing tropes from pulp fiction in portraying serious events such as the Holocaust and terrorism, the importance of American SF writers like Cordwainer Smith, his own experiences growing up in a kibbutz and what he read there, and the never-ending question of genre literature vs “literary” fiction. I have just put the last touches to Drowned Worlds: Tales from the Anthropocene and Beyond which is due from Solaris in July. Drowned Worlds asks fifteen of the top science fiction and fantasy writers working today to look to the future, to ask how will we survive? In the new fantasy from the award-winning author of the Riddle-Master Trilogy, a young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic. Hidden away from the world by his mother, the powerful sorceress Heloise Oliver, Pierce has grown up working in her restaurant in Desolation Point. The Coode Street Roundtable will return at the end of April with a discussion of Paul McAuley’s Into Everywhere. The Roundtable always features spoilers, so if you’re planning on reading along with this, grab a copy of Paul’s new novel and get ready for the last weekend in April!


With Gary away at ICFA, there won’t be a new episode of the Coode Street Podcast this week.
On our 270th episode, we immediately distracted ourselves from our planned topic of catching up on news, awards nominations, etc., and instead rambled on about various matters of literary influence, of writing sequels or revisionist fictions based on the works of writers ranging from Arthur C. We did get around to discussing the latest round of awards nominations, celebrating the Grand Mastership of C.J. This month Coode Street co-host Gary Wolfe joins us to discuss All the Birds in the Sky, the second novel from Hugo Award winning author Charlie Jane Anders. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.
The Coode Street Roundtable will return at the end of March with a discussion of a book to be announced shortly. There are some books we all agree on as fundamental to the genre, but can we agree on a canon of twenty stories? Jonathan from the Coode Street Podcast was cast in the role of moderator, and the panelists for the discussion were John Clute, Michael Dirda, Yanni Kuznia, Gary Wolfe, and Ron Yaniv.
The conversation that unfolded was energetic, thoughtful and entertaining, and even if it didn’t resolve the question, it nonetheless was something we at Coode St thought you might enjoy. The Coode Street Podcast team would like to thank the administrators of the World Fantasy convention for permission to present the panel here, and would specially like to thank sound expert Paul Kraus for his hard work on making sure the recording was as good as it is. Tropical rain forests are areas covered by dense, tall trees near the earth’s equator that receive 50 or more inches of rain per year. However, because all rainforest habitats are similar in many ways, many of the species in them are also similar to species from far away. But it is a fascinating question, as well as one that will keep probably biologists busy for the next hundred years. This drumroll warns other male gorillas to stay off their territory and away from their families. All the mole rats living in each underground mole rat colony serve the needs of their giant mole rat queen—who, like a queen bee or a queen ant does all the reproducing and is therefore the mother of all her subjects. They can learn such relatively complex tasks as undoing latches and opening jars—and they are infamous for their ability to escape from tanks and other enclosures.
The fish knocks bugs off of overhanging vegetation by blasting them with a powerful stream of water from its mouth. Creatures at that depth are drawn to any illumination, and the anglerfish takes advantage of that fact by using its natural headlamp to attract prey.
In Central and South America, vampire bats emerge at night to sneak up on mammals such as cattle, shave a little skin off of them while they sleep, and drink their blood. But no creature puts more effort or artistry into courtship than the male bowerbird of New Guinea. The European fishing spider, however, is piscivorous, which, as its name implies, means that it prefers prey with scales and fins. Compared to male bower birds, male birds of paradise employ an equally elaborate, though completely different, strategy for attracting mates. Le Guin, Christopher Priest, Yoon Ha Lee, Connie Willis, Ken MacLeod, Nisi Shawl, China Mieville, Michael Swanwick and others, along the way touching upon colonialism and culture, the role of the stand-alone novella, how contemporary writers are dealing with Lovecraft, and what anthologies to look out for. Next week, a new episode of the Coode Street Roundtable and a new episode of the main show.
Gary attending the Nebula weekend, so with one thing or another, we can’t seem to work out timing.
The Roundtable is a monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where panelists James Bradley, Ian Mond, and Jonathan Strahan, joined by occasional special guests, discuss a new or recently released science fiction or fantasy novel.
But although people have found new uses for alien technology, that technology may have found its own uses for people. Driven to discover what it wants from them, they become caught up in a conflict between a policeman allied to the Jackaroo and the laminated brain of a scientific wizard, and a mystery that spans light years and centuries.
Do we face a period of dramatic transition and then a new technology-influenced golden age, or a long, slow decline?
Wolfe join Jonathan and Ian to discuss Kingfisher, the latest novel from World Fantasy Award and Mythopoeic Award winner Patricia A. One day, unexpectedly, strangers pass through town on the way to the legendary capital city.
Next month our intrepid readers will come together to discuss the new novel from Paul McAuley, Into Everywhere. I feel like I should do something to commemorate the 20 years of anthology editing come next March, but I’m not quite sure how. Gary and Jonathan are both busy with one thing or another, and can’t seem to work out timing. Cherryh, and finally trying to figure which if any SF works seem relevant to the current U.S. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.
Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention.
Our panelists will discuss which twenty books are essential reading for understanding the genre and how this list has changed over time. Which animals live in rainforests depends on which part of the world the rainforest is located in. For instance, all rainforests boast breathtaking numbers of bird species, and the bird species of most tropical rainforests include parrots.
In the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, that ecological niche is occupied by the jaguar and the cougar.


As you will see from the video, the hairy frogfish is a voracious predator capable of swallowing prey as large as itself.
Ants for instance lay down a trail of chemical markers called pheromones to tell other members of their colony where to find a food source. But the recently discovered mimic octopus of the South Pacific adds a strange, new twist to octopus intelligence with its ability to disguise itself as any number of other sea creatures in order to scare off would-be predators. The hairless, jellybean-sized creature makes its way to its mother's pouch, where it develops into a real kangaroo—and the first time it jumps from the pouch is almost like a second birth. Once the insect falls into the water it's helpless, and the archer fish can eat it at its leisure. Periodically, Polyergus will raid the colonies of another species, where they use an array of deceptive chemical signals to overcome the other ants. Not only does this amazing avian acquire hundreds of objects of art in order to impress the female of his species, but he builds an entire structure in which to house his collection. The male seahorse sports a pouch like a kangaroo's, and during mating the female deposits her eggs in it. Watch as this spider detects and then attacks an unwitting stickleback that's unlucky enough to swim by. Because they seldom descend to the ground, gibbons travel through the rainforest treetops of Southeast Asia and Indonesia using their incredibly long arms rather than their legs, swinging from branch to branch in a form of locomotion called brachiation.
They rely not only on their spectacular plumage, but also on their dancing ability in their attempts to convince females to mate with them. AYERS ROCK (Uluru) Considered the largest solitary rock on the planet, its red sandstone surface smoothed by high winds over time is revered as a holy place and called Uluru by the aboriginal peoples It's 1,143 ft. An early storm huffed and puffed and knocked the power out part way through a ramble on awards and longevity (or something).
Someone is forging evidence that could send her to prison, while another group is rummaging around in her past. Humanity is about to discover why the Jackaroo came to help us, and how that help is shaping the end of human history. Sea water is flooding the streets of Florida, island nations are rapidly disappearing beneath the waves, the polar icecaps are a fraction of what they once were, and distant, exotic places like Australia are slowly baking in the sun.
Swim the drowned streets of Boston, see Venice disappear beneath the waves, meet a woman who’s turned herself into a reef, traverse the floating garbage cities of the Pacific, search for the elf stones of Antarctica, or spend time in the new, dark Dust Bowl of the American mid-west. LinkedIn tells me that Coode Street Productions started up in March 1997, which would mean that it would be twenty years old next year.
Tropical rain forests are found in Central America and the northern half of South America, across Equatorial Africa, and on either side of the equator from southern Asia down through the islands of the South Pacific to the northernmost part of Australia.
Among the many Central and South American rain forest parrots are the many species of huge macaws; African rainforests are home to parrots including the African grey, which is famous for its ability to mimic sounds, including human speech. In this video, a baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda fails hilariously when he tries to prove himself to a group of tourists. These amazing fish can spit water up to two meters (six feet), and they almost always hit their mark. They then carry eggs of the conquered species back to their own colony, where they they raise them and put them to work.
Although few vampire victims die of blood loss, some do get rabies from these furry parasites. The male carries the eggs until they hatch, after which he gives "birth" to a brood of young seashores. In fact, you wouldn't be wrong to call birds of paradise the exotic dancers of the animal world.
See the future for what it is: challenging, exciting, filled with adventure, and more than a little disturbing. Jeremy Byrne and I pitched The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy to Louise Thurtell at HarperCollins Australia around then. I was living in a place on Coode St in Mt Lawley then and decided to produce a review magazine with Steven Paulsen for the 1999 WorldCon in Melbourne.
Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
Instead, honeybees are able to give their hive mates precise directions to a distant patch of flowers using an amazing form of dance.
One of the most interesting aspects of this slaving behavior is that, not only does the Polyegus queen participate in the raid, but she is key to its success.
CAPE YORK PENINSULA Described as the world's "last wilderness," and as one of the "wildest unexplored wilderness area on the planet," Cape York is home to jagged-tooth mountains, tropical rainforests, extensive mangrove forests, grasslands, swamps and fast moving rivers.
We only produced a single issue, but that was the birth of Coode Street Publications (probably in June 1999). In this video, scientists tell us exactly how the bees accomplishing this incredible feat of nonverbal communication. The Murray rises in the Australian Alps and flows 1,200 miles (1,930 km) to the Spencer Gulf, directly west of Adelaide.
It's the longest river in Australia and is a vital source of irrigation for the country's major agricultural industries.
FRASER ISLAND Located along Australia's Coral Sea coastline, to the north of Brisbane (and not shown on this map), Fraser Island is Australia's fourth largest island (after Tasmania, Melville Island and Kangaroo Island), and the largest sand island in the world. Created by the action of wind over thousands of years, the island is 120 km long and about 15 km wide.



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