After 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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.