Tis the season, and everyone is doing their end of the year wrap-ups. I’ve got to finish up the short fiction lists and write one for Locus, and I’m blogging a note or two here too.Â However, I thought I’d do something a little different and discuss what I’m going to be working on in 2009. Some of this is tentative, because contracts are still being finalised, but it’ll give you an idea of what I’m spending my time on when I’m not firing up the hibachi to entertain the family or building up business plans at the day job.
Every year always starts with finishing up what you were working on last year.Â I expect to spend part of January doing copyedits for Godlike Machines, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3, and the just-delivered The New Space Opera 2. At the same time, I’ve got proposals to get together. I have three projects I’ve been meaning to get in train for some time, and January is the time they have to either get out into the world, or disappear.
Over the past few years I’ve also done some non-anthology editing, and I’ve got a couple projects lined up to work on in the first half of the year.Â If all goes to plan, then I’ll be co-editing a Fritz Leiber retrospective with Charles Brown.Â Â It’ll be a 175,000 wd (approx) overview of his career, and should be out in 2010 for the Leiber Centenary. I’m pretty excited about it.Â I’m also working on a new Walter Jon Williams collection (a book that’s pretty much assembling itself) and doing another retrospective that I don’t want to talk about yet because it’s not signed up.
I’m very excited to be working on a special issue of Bill Shafer’s Subterranean Magazine. It’s due mid-year and I’ve got contributors lined up.Â We’d originally discussed doing this one as a special hard SF issue, but it’s broadened in scope just recently. In fact, I just bought a terrific Maureen McHugh zombie novelette for it.Â I’ve not done much editing for online publications, so this is fun, and something I’d like to do more of.
And then there are the books.Â The main ones, simply because they’re signed up and due right now, are Conquering Swords and Dreamtime.Â Conquering Swords is a big swords and sorcery anthology I’m co-editing with my pal Lou Anders.Â We already have some great stories by Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, and James Enge, and are working away as others come in. This one’s due in August, so it’s going to take a lot of the first half of the year.Â Then there’s Dreamtime. It’s a collection of fantasy novellas by bestselling Australian fantasy writers that I’m co-editing with my buddy Jack Dann for Australian publication in 2010.Â Stories are coming in for it too, and it’s looking great.Â Oh, I should I add, I expect both of these titles to change before publication.
Of course, there are the series as well. Although we’ve not formally signed up yet, I’m already reading for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 4.Â Because of changes at Last Short Story I’ve actually read more 2009 short fiction already than I’d have expected to, and there’s some cool stuff coming.Â I’m also working hard on Eclipse Three.Â Solicitations went out last June or July and some great people said they’d like to write for it, so I’m excited to see what’ll come in. That’s due with the publisher in June for an October publication.Â Then there’s Life on Mars, a new young adult SF anthology I’m doing for the wonderful Sharyn. Everything’s in place for it, and it’ll be a second-half-of-the-year book.Â I also have another book that I’m negotiating ‘as we speak’, which I hope to be doing then too.
On top of all of that, there’s my beloved Locus. I continue as reviews editor there, and am very excited about our new reviewers Gardner, Adrienne, Paul and Stefan.Â There are also some developments there which should take more of my time, but should be fun.
So, on top of day job and family, that should be my year. What about yours?