All posts by Jonathan Strahan

Meeting Infinity

This week sees the release of Meeting Infinity, the fourth and possibly best, instalment in the “Infinity Project” series of anthologies published by my friends at Solaris Books.  It’s a big, ambitious book that asks how we have to change ourselves in order to face the possible futures we might live in.

Which sounds a bit dry and academic, but the book is anything but that.  It’s dark, funny, dangerous, thrilling and occasionally goofy. It has uploaded personalities, strange medical solutions and I’m pretty sure there’s at least one zombie ninja in there (thanks for that, by the way, Chairman Bruce!) . If you love science fiction, then there’s something in here for you.

Meeting Infinity has already had an incredible reception, with stories picked up to be reprinted in ‘Best of the Year’ anthologies from Gardner Dozois, Neil Clarke, Rich Horton and others.  You might ask, why do I need Meeting Infinity then? Well, because I think it’s the best science fiction anthology of the year, and so do one or two of those ‘Best of the Year’ editors. It’s gorgeous.  None of the online images really does justice to just how sexy the actual printed book is.  Also, any single excerpt is just that: a taste of the real thing.  If you love SF, Meeting Infinity really is the real deal. It would, as they say, make a pretty great Christmas gift for the SF lover in your life (or as a gift for yourself).

You can buy it in the US, UK and Australia from your favourite bookstores. Support your favourite independents where you can, go to a chain (they have cool people working for them) if that’s best, or buy an ebook if that’s your preference. Here’s a few links to help with that:

I’d also add, if you like the “Infinity Project” books and would like to see more (I’m working on a new one now), the best way to make sure they keep coming is to buy them, and the time to buy them is when they first come out.  Meeting Infinity comes out December 1st

Cover for Meeting Infinity
Meeting Infinity, December 2015

Episode 258: Jim Minz and Baen Books

With the year coming all too quickly to a close, this week we are joined by distinguished veteran editor Jim Minz, who discusses his career from his University of Wisconsin days to working for Tor Books in Wisconsin and New York, Ballantine Del Rey, and currently Baen Books in North Carolina. We touch upon the various market segments of different subgenres of SF and fantasy, the various ways in which Baen and its market may have been misunderstood, the role of women editors in SF, and various other matters related to the SF publishing industry over the past two or three decades.

As always, we’d like to thank Jim for making the time to talk to us, and hope you enjoy the episode! 

Episode 256: Suzy McKee Charnas and Pamela Sargent

And we’re back with a new episode!  This week, from the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, we are joined by the genuinely iconic Pamela Sargent, author of many novels including The Shore of Women and editor of the legendary Women of Wonder anthology series, and Suzy McKee Charnas, author of the classic feminist SF series The Holdfast Chronicles and the equally classic The Vampire Tapestry, for a lively discussion of the changing role of women in SF since the 1970s and digress as usual into some fascinating byways and memories.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast! 

World Fantasy Convention 2015

Where am I at World Fantasy Convention 2015? In addition to all sorts of private plans and to recording five podcasts for later Coode St consumption, I will be in public two times. We’re recording a live podcast and I’m moderating a panel on the fantasy canon with a group of people with so much experience, talent and sheer brain power that I can probably show up and play Angry Birds while they entertain you all. 

As to the rest of the convention, I’m in Saratoga from about noon on Wednesday through to Monday lunch time, so I’ll be about. I don’t usually go to the mass signing on Friday, but may see you there. Otherwise, if you’re hoping to catch me or Coode St, we’ll probably be in the bar…

Friday 6 November 10:00AM
Coode Street Podcast Live with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro & Charlie Jane Anders!!

Gary Wolfe and I will be recording a live episode of the Coode St Podcast (our third), this time with the wonderful and incredible Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Charlie Jane Anders. We intend to talk fantasy, careers, and what it is to be a woman making a career in our genre. This episode will be broadcast in November as part of our ‘women in science fiction’ series of podcasts.

Saturday 7 November 2:00PM
Creating the Fantasy Canon 

There are some books we all agree on as fundamental to the genre, but can we agree on a canon of twenty stories? Our panelists will discuss which twenty books are essential reading for understanding the genre and how this list has changed over time. 
Jonathan Strahan (mod.), John Clute, Michael Dirda, Yanni Kuznia, Gary Wolfe, Ron Yaniv