Episode 86: Live with Gary K. Wolfe! (and Sophie!)

This week Gary and I start off discussing aspects of compiling ‘best of the year’ anthology, touch on genre drift and blur, move on to a few recent stories we’ve greatly admired, and then invite Sophie back at the very end of the ‘cast for a quick chat about her recent reading. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.


  1. […] Strahan chats with Gary K. Wolfe and Sophie […]

  2. As I said in a tweet, personally, I just found that when reading Best of the Year anthologies and came across very different stories, I chalked it up to diversity in the field. “Okay, so these very different stories are both in the field and both considered worthy.Gotcha.”

  3. Bradley Denton says:

    Thanks for an entertaining hour. Your discussion of “Year’s Bests” from the past reminded me that I was probably an odd kid (yeah, “probably”) . . . because I discovered the sf magazines before I discovered the anthologies. In fact, the magazines led me to the anthologies rather than vice versa. In the early ’70s, I often bought GALAXY, F&SF, and WORLDS OF IF from drugstore newsstands (ASIMOV’S did not yet exist) — and eventually clipped a coupon from a 1973 issue of GALAXY to join the Science Fiction Book Club. And that was how I started reading the Wollheim annuals.

  4. Thoraiya says:

    I, on the other hand, never realised as a 12-year-old that there could be more than one “Year’s Best” each year, and since my library ordered sporadically, it took a long time before I discovered the truth: that editors chose their favourites. Until then, I thought editors’ jobs were simply to collect the bestsellers of any given year, which was how my “Best Of” music compilations were usually assembled. I guess I didn’t think about short stories not actually being sold as singles :)

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