Exciting news faithful Coode Streeters. Earlier this year I reached agreement with World Fantasy award winning California-based publisher to Night Shade Books to edit two new year’s best anthology series. I’ve long been impressed with the books Night Shade produces, and think their designer Claudia Noble is terrific, so I was delighted to join the Night Shade posse confident that the books would look wonderful and that NS would publish the heck out of them.
That would have been good news enough, however, after some discussion, Night Shade have agreed to let me edit the book I’ve long wanted to: a single year’s best volume that will collect the best science fiction and fantasy stories in a single volume. I’ve always believed that readers have broader tastes than they’re given credit for and that science fiction and fantasy overlap far more than people want to believe. So, in March 2007 Night Shade will publish The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, a suitably enormous and gorgeous trade paperback. I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been reading like crazy, and think it’s going to be something really special.