Episode 363: Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2020

cityj.jpegAfter last week’s episode where Jonathan and Gary discussed their favourite books from 2019, this time they talk about books they’re looking forward to in 2020 (a few of which, in fairness, they’ve already seen or in Jonathan’s case even edited).

It’s a pretty varied list, and probably incomplete, so feel free to suggest more titles that we might not have known about. Overall, though, 2020 is starting off as a pretty promising year.

Gary’s list

  • Susanna Clarke, Piranesi
  • William Gibson, Agency
  • M. John Harrison, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
  • N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became
  • Hao Jingfang, Vagabonds
  • Nancy Kress, Eleventh Gate and Sea Change
  • Yoon Ha Lee, Phoenix Extravagant
  • Ken Liu, The Veiled Throne
  • Paul J. McCauley, War of the Maps
  • Tamsin Muir, Harrow the Ninth
  • Tochi Onyebuchi, Riot Baby
  • K.M. Szpara, Docile
  • Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone
  • Jo Walton, Or What You Will
  • Gene Wolfe, Interlibrary Loan
  • Alexander Irvine, Anthropocene Rag
  • Greg Egan, Dispersion
  • Jeffrey Ford, Out of Body
  • The Best of Elizabeth Bear
  • Ken Liu, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories
  • The Best of Jeffrey Ford
  • Jonathan Strahan (ed.), Made to Order: Robots and Revolution
  • Jonathan Strahan (ed.), The Book of Dragons

Jonathan’s list

  • Agency, William Gibson (Viking)
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Deepa Anappara (Chatto & Windus)
  • The City We Became, NK Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Burn, Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • By Force Alone, Lavie Tidhar (Head of Zeus/Tor)
  • Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang (Saga)
  • The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate Elliott (Orbit)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • Or What You Will, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin/Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)
  • Ghost Species, James Bradley (Penguin)
  • Comet Weather, Liz Williams (Newcon)

Episode 362: The Year in Review 2019


It’s been a long time! Jonathan and Gary are together again for the first new episode of Coode Street since October!

There’s a lot to catch up on, ranging from the current climate apocalypse in Australia—and the question of whether SF has done much to prepare us for this sort of thing—to major events of 2019, such as the renaming of major awards, the dramatic growth in awareness of world SF (from Asia in particular, with important recent anthologies of Chinese, Korean, and South Asian fiction), the explosion in the market for novellas and the question of whether short fiction can be similarly profitable for writers after years of getting it for free on the web, and our own lists of major books and likely award nominees from 2019.

Our expectation and hope is that the Coode Street Podcast will return to a more or less regular schedule during the coming year, complete with brilliant guests and our own half-baked ideas and theories.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

Who even blogs anymore

It’s New Year’s Eve and as a complete social failure, I’m stretching a several years-long streak of doing nothing on NYE by another year. Instead, this year I’ll drive the 18-year-old to a friend’s party, come home, and then see the new year in quietly with Marianne and Jess. I expect to do some kind of year in review blog and even to do some book stuff, but since no-one reads this thing anymore who even knows? I’ve been blogging since May 2002 and I’m not entirely sure why.

Today, so far has been a wasted say. Some 2020 reading is sitting on the coffee table, silently rebuking me for paying it so little attention, there’s stuff to do for work, and I’m not really listening to music because of my hearing these days. Fun times.

My 2019 in Books and Stuff

What a long, strange year it’s been. Lots and lots of work, for which I’m deeply grateful. And, with the new year not far away, it seems like the right time to update you on everything I’ve had out this year.

It was a year when I edited three new anthologies, a single-author collection, four novellas for Tor.com Publishing (with a handful more in train), six stories for Tor.com, appeared on and produced 23 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast episodes, acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 17th consecutive year, and I was lucky enough to be a tutor at Clarion West in July!

My sincere thanks to everyone at Tor.com, Solaris, Gollancz, and Locus, and to Gary Wolfe, my patient podcast co-host.

Fiction edited in 2019



As a guide, fiction in Mission: Critical is science fiction, and probably most relevant for the Hugo and Nebulas.  The novellas range from hard science fiction to weird  fantasy.



  • By the Warmth of Their Calculus, Tobias S. Buckell (Mission Critical)
  • Rescue Party, Aliette de Bodard (Mission Critical)
  • This is Not the Way Home, Greg Egan  (Mission Critical)
  • Zeitgeber, Greg Egan (Tor.com, 9/25/19)
  • Genesong, Peter F. Hamilton (Mission Critical)
  • Something in the Air, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Mission Critical)
  • Dislocation Space, Garth Nix (Tor.com, 12/11/19)

Short story

  • The One Who Was There, John Barnes (Mission Critical)
  • Hanging Gardens, Gregory Feeley (Mission Critical)
  • Mutata Superesse, Jason Fischer and Sean Williams (Mission Critical)
  • The Empty Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Mission Critical)
  • Lost in Splendour, John Meaney (Mission Critical)
  • Devil in the Dust, Linda Nagata (Mission Critical)
  • More Real than Him, Silvia Park (Tor.com, 8/5/19)
  • The Agreement, Dominica Phettaplace (Mission Critical)
  • Ice Breakers, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Mission Critical)
  • Blood is Another Word for Hunger, Rivers Solomon (Tor.com, 7/24/19)
  • The Fires of Prometheus, Allen M. Steele (Mission Critical)
  • In Xanadu, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, 11/6/19)
  • Cyclopterus, Peter Watts (Mission Critical)
  • The Time Invariance of Snow, E. Lily Yu (Tor.com, 14/4/19)

Editor, Short-Form (Hugos)/Professional Achievement (WFA)

  • Jonathan Strahan (Mission Critical, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen, Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #5, The Best of R.A. Lafferty, Permafrost, Perihelion Summer, The Gurhka and the Lord of Tuesday, The Menace from Farsi, Tor.com stories, Locus [reviews editor]

Best Fancast/Podcast

I hope you’ll consider supporting the talented people that I’ve worked with during the year.

Episode 361: Jack Zipes at WFC 2019


It’s been quiet here at Coode Street, of late. Jonathan has been working on books and recommended reading lists, and Gary has been travelling. Just two weeks ago Gary travelled to sunny Los Angeles, California to attend the 2019 World Fantasy Convention.

During the weekend Gary was busy, interviewing guest of honour Margo Lanagan, doing some panels, and seeing friends. He did take a moment to sit down with newly minted World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement recipient Jack Zipes to discuss fantasy, fairy tales, and more. 

As always, our thanks to Jack for taking the time to join us and my thanks to Gary for this special shorter episode of Coode Street.

…unavoidable stuff from jonathan strahan…