After all of the excitement of broadcasting from ReaderCon with Rob Shearman and Howard Waldrop, Gary and Jonathan turn back to more typical discussion of matters science fictional in an all new podcast that, as always, comes to you live from the Waldorf Room. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.
Sometimes the mail brings happy things indeed. I was very sorry I couldn’t be in Seattle at the Locus Awards to accept the Best Anthology award for Edge of Infinity in person. I was delighted then, and remain delighted now, that the book won. I’m very proud of it, and am very grateful to my good friends at Locus for the awards, and the team at Solaris Books for their incredible work on the book.
I edit THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR anthology series for Solaris Books. The seventh volume in the series was published in March 2013, and the eight will appear in April 2014.
I am currently reading for the 2013 volume, which will cover stories first published between 1 January and 31 December 2013. I am looking for stories from all branches of science fiction and fantasy: space opera to cyberpunk, fairy tales to the slipstream, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, PLEASE send it. Please note: This is a reprint anthology.
I work on a tight deadline, and need to see work as early as possible. With that in mind, the submission deadline for this year’s book is 15 October 2013. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you are in or you edit is coming out before 31 December 2013 please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.
Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length submissions in print. Anything else can be sent to me via email. I prefer ePub, .mobi, .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are acceptable, but are inconvenient. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies out to me, as I don’t have the resources to follow-up every publisher to get material.
When sending material please put “BEST SF/F of the Year” on the envelope.
PO Box 544
Mt Lawley WA 6929
Email submissions, recommendations, or information on publications can be sent to me via email at: jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com.
NOTE TO PUBLISHERS
I am eager to see and be able to consider the work you are publishing. If you are producing a magazine, a chapbook, a collection or anthology with any original stories in it please let me know. While I prefer not to accept email submissions for book length works as a rule, I am happy to talk to publishers about making exceptions where necessary. The important thing, for me, is to make sure that I get to consider the best science fiction and fantasy published during 2013.
- I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Interzone, Postscripts etc, but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).
- If you are publishing online, please email me copies of your stories at (jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com). This is particularly important for stories published between October and December, which may otherwise be overlooked. I do not require print-outs of online publications (I regularly read Tor.com, IGMS, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Apex etc online).
- Please do not send an SASE. This is not a submission, and I’m unable to return manuscripts or respond directly to stories sent to me.
NOTE TO WRITERS
If I am considering your story for inclusion in THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR, I will be acquiring non-exclusive World anthology rights in English and foreign languages.
I am delighted to announce that, starting from March 2014, Solaris Books will be publishing The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series throughout the world in the English language.
As announced this week, my agent Howard Morhaim and I have recently sold The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8 and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9 to Jonathan Oliver at Solaris. Jon has been my editor on the award-winning “Infinity” series of anthologies, and on the recent Fearsome Journeys. Working with Jon and the Solaris team is a pleasure, and I know they’ll help me take the Best of the Year to the international audience it needs and deserves. I cannot imagine a better team to partner with on this series of books.
I am, of course, sad the series is leaving Night Shade Books after seven years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with Jason Williams, Jeremy Lassen, Ross Lockhart, and the Night Shade Books team on these books and an online magazine over an eight year period. I have very fond memories of those times, and am incredibly proud of those books. When Night Shade changed hands I knew it was time for a fresh start with the Best of the Year, but I hope a chance will arise to work together again in the future. Until then, though, I have a lot of reading to do!
The great Lost Podcasts of 2012 are a part of Coode Street Podcast lore. A sad and painful memory of four wonderful conversations ever lost to perfidious technology. This week one of the participants in those conversations, brilliant short story writer Robert Shearman, and living legend Howard Waldrop, join Gary and Jonathan in a special podcast recorded in Boston at Readercon 24. Much is discussed about the art of the short story, changes in contemporary culture, and more. As always, we hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast!