Saturday morning…

Early Saturday morning. I’m sitting here listening to a little Ron Sexsmith on the stereo while eldest daughter watches TV in the other room. If all goes to plan I should be recording a podcast this morning, and then it’s paperwork time. I’m so behind, and I need to get some time spent on it just to keep things moving.

The nice thing is that the weather in Perth is finally turning towards a convincing facsimile of autumn – cool mornings and cooler nights – which means I’m feeling more and more like reading. I’m beginning to get a little momentum on reading shorts and even reading a novel or two. While I’m making my way through the online stories at the moment, I’m also reading and enjoying James A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes. It’s very much old school space opera, but it hits the spot right now.

There are a lot of things sitting in the background – proposals to write, taxes to do, oceans of home maintenance, and travel to plan (!) – but for this thirty minutes a little blogging and some Locus work is enough.

Locus Awards finalists announced!

My colleagues at Locus have announced the finalists for the 2011 Locus Awards, and I’m delighted to see that I’ve been short-listed for Best Editor, that the anthology I did with Lou Anders (Swords and Dark Magic) is up for Best Anthology, that three collections I edited made the Best Collection shortlist (congrats to Peter and Stan!), and that Al Reynolds’ wonderful novella “Troika” is up for Best Novella.  It’s a terrific shortlist, and it’s chock full of friends — to many to name individually without reprinting the whole thing — so I hope everyone will simply accept my sincere congratulations and that I hope you’ll all have a wonderful time at the Awards!

More Best of the Year…

Well, I have just emailed the signed PDF of the relevant section of the contract to my agent (it’s the 21st Century here in Perth), so I guess it’s true.  I have committed to edit the next two volumes in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series for Night Shade Books. This means I’m reading stories published in 2011 for the book to appear in March 2012 (Vol. 6) and will read 2012 stories for the 2013 volumes (Vol. 7).

I have to say I’m delighted to get to continue working with Jason, Jeremy, Ross and the team at Night Shade. They’ve been fantastic collaborators on this project since we started work on the first volume back in mid-2006, and I look forward to continuing the series for many years to come.

Birthday podcast

This coming weekend Gary Wolfe and I will celebrate the first anniversary of The Coode Street Podcast, which we launched here on May 8, 2010 with very little forethought or preparation.  It’s proven to be a weekly pleasure for us both, discussing the literature we love and interacting with the growing Coode St community.

When we realised the anniversary was coming up we planned to do all sorts of things, but as is pretty much our trademark, we haven’t quite gotten to it. We still might. But in the interim, should you be motivated please feel free to leave any questions or subjects you might like us to discuss, or just birthday wishes, in the comments thread to this post.

And, importantly, thank you to all of you who have listened, commented, or guested on the podcast.  We’re looking forward Coode St Year 2.0 already.