All posts by Jonathan Strahan

All the Birds in the Sky this February

A quick head’s up for all of the dedicated listeners to the new Coode Street Roundtable. With the first episode under our belts, we’re working hard to make sure we get a new episode out every month as promised.

This month Ian, James, Gary and I will be reviewing/discussing Charlie Jane Anders’ second novel, All the Birds in the Sky.  The discussion will be an open one and could be quite spoiler heavy, so if you’d like to read along now’s a great time to get the book.  To help with that, Charlie Jane has a great page covering places you can get it.
Listen for this episode around February 28th.

Episode 267: Neil Clarke and Short Fiction


This week we are joined by multiple award-winning editor and publisher Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld magazine, discussing his provocative October 2015 editorial concerning the state of short fiction venues in SF, the question of whether so many venues dilutes the quality of fiction in the field or simply broadens its base, and how conditions today compare with the SF world of the 1980s as described by Mike Ashley in his magisterial history Science Fiction Rebels: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1981 to 1990, which both Jonathan and Gary are currently reading.

As always, our sincere thanks to Neil for making time to appear on the podcast. We hope you’ll enjoy the episode!

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 BradleyIan 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

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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)

Novelette

  • My Last Bringback, John Barnes (Meeting Infinity)

Novella

  • 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.