Episode 266: Prolificity and Academia

Tonight we discuss, as we do all too often, the beginning of the awards season, as well as the sometimes problematical Hugo category of Best Related Work, the question of authors who are so prolific that new readers may feel intimidated, and some of the parameters of who and who should not be covered in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series of books, of which Gary has recently assumed editorship.

As  always, we hope you enjoy the episode.

Coode Street Roundtable 1: Adam Roberts’ The Thing Itself

Welcome to the first episode of The Coode Street Roundtable. The Roundtable is a new monthly podcast from Coode Street Productions where panelists James Bradley, Ian Mond, and Jonathan Strahan, joined by occasional special guests, discuss a new or recently released science fiction or fantasy novel.

Adam Roberts’ The Thing Itself


This month James, Ian, and Jonathan discuss The Thing Itself, the latest novel from British Science Fiction and John Campbell Memorial Award winning author Adam Roberts.  The Thing Itself is a powerful and engaging novel described by its publisher as follows: 
“Adam Roberts turns his attention to answering the Fermi Paradox with a taut and claustrophobic tale that echoes John Carpenters’ The Thing.
Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book – by the philosopher Kant.
As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.”
The Thing Itself has been reviewed by Locus Online and Tor.com. You can order copies of the book from:
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Next month

The Coode Street Roundtable will return at the end of February with a discussion of Charlie Jane Anders’s second novel, All the Birds in the Sky.

Awards Eligibility – 2015

Awards season is once again  moving into full swing, with nominations now open for the Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards and World Fantasy Awards.

Having been fairly busy during 2015, I’ve been fortunate enough to help publish a number of what I think are really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your consideration. It was a year when I edited or co-edited new novellas for Tor.com, a collection of Jack Vance fiction (Grand Crusades, the final book in the series of Vance reprints), two anthologies (see below),  appeared on and produced than 48 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast episodes, and acted as reviews editor for Locus.

The anthologies, of which I’m very proud, are:

Meeting Infinity (Solaris)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine (Solaris)
As a guide, fiction in Reach for Infinity is science fiction, in Fearsome Magics is fantasy/dark fantasy, and in Subterranean Magazine is mixed.

Fiction edited in 2015

Short story

  • Memento Mori, Madeline Ashby (Meeting Infinity)
  • Aspects, Gregory Benford (Meeting Infinity)
  • Rates of Change, James S.A. Corey (Meeting Infinity)
  • In Blue Lily’s Wake, Aliette de Bodard (Meeting Infinity)
  • Body Politic, Kameron Hurley (Meeting Infinity)
  • Drones, Simon Ings (Meeting Infinity)
  • Emergence, Gwyneth Jones (Meeting Infinity)
  • Cocoons, Nancy Kress (Meeting Infinity)
  • The Cold Inequalities, Yoon Ha Lee (Meeting Infinity)
  • The Falls, Ian McDonald (Meeting Infinity)
  • Exile from Extinction, Ramez Naam (Meeting Infinity)
  • Outsider, An Owomoyela (Meeting Infinity)
  • Desert Lexicon, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Meeting Infinity)
  • Pictures from the Resurrection, Bruce Sterling (Meeting Infinity)
  • All the Wrong Places, Sean Williams (Meeting Infinity)


  • My Last Bringback, John Barnes (Meeting Infinity)


  • The Last Witness, K.J. Parker (Tor.com)

Editor, Short-Form (Hugos)/Professional Achievement (WFA)

  • Jonathan Strahan (Meeting Infinity, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine, Locus [reviews editor], Grand Crusades)

Best Fancast

I hope you’ll consider supporting the talented people that I’ve worked with during the year.

Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 11

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 10
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 10

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Solaris Books. The tenth volume in the series will be published in May 2016, and the eleventh will appear in May 2017.

I am currently reading for the 2016 volume, and 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.


This is a reprint anthology. Stories must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2016 to be considered.


The submission deadline for this year’s book is:

 1 November 2016

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 2016 please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.

Publication date

The eleventh volume of the series is tentatively scheduled for publication in May 2017.


Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length works in print, but this is optional.  Books, stories etc can be sent to me via email. I prefer ePub, .mobi, .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are acceptable but not preferred. 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.

Postal address

When sending material please put “Best SF/F of the Year” on the envelope.

Jonathan Strahan
P.O. 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

For publishers

  • I am eager to consider work you are publishing. If you produce a magazine, chapbook, collection or anthology with any original stories in it please let me know. I am happy to accept email submissions. The most important thing is to make sure that I get to consider the best science fiction and fantasy published during 2016.
  • If you are publishing online please email copies of stories to jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com as early as possible. This is particularly important for stories published between October and December which may otherwise be overlooked.

For writers

  • I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, Interzone, Black Static, Postscripts etc, but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).
  • 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.
  • If I am considering your story for inclusion in  The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, I will be acquiring non-exclusive World anthology rights in English and foreign languages in print, audio and ebook.

Episode 265: David Hartwell and the beginning of 2016

For our first podcast recorded in 2016, beginning our sixth year, we discuss the remarkable career of David G. Hartwell, the role of editors in shaping science fiction, the forthcoming Hugo Awards nominations and MidAmericon, the World Fantasy Convention, and the significance of science fiction of the the 1980s—both as it appeared then and as it appears to us now.

We spoke to David Hartwell for Episode 158.