All posts by Jonathan Strahan

Live and in person!

Next week I climb aboard a Qatar Airways jet for the first time and head to Washington DC (via sunny Doha) where I will be attending the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

I fully expect there to be talking, drinking, more talking, and lots of time spent with friends both old and new across the four days of the event (along with a little business).

I hadn’t thought I’d be doing anything official or in-person this trip. Instead, it was supposed to be a quiet, informal time. That hasn’t quite worked out. While I won’t be doing any signings or panels, I will be recording several episodes of The Coode Street Podcast (with Gary K. Wolfe).

At the moment we have plans to record episodes with convention Guest of Honor Guy Gavriel Kay,  long-time friends and collaborators Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, writers Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman, and possibly others (depending on time).

Exciting, for me at least, is that Gary and I will also record only the second ever episode of the Podcast to be presented in front of a live audience (having recorded #200 in London in August). We’ll be joined by good friends Peter Straub and Caitlin R. Kiernan for this:

The Literary Uses of Fantasy
Time: 4pm-5pm, Nov. 8, Conference Theater

Panelists: Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan

Description: The Coode Street Podcast discusses the literary uses of fantasy with Peter Straub and other special guests.  Why do writers clearly capable of realistic, character-driven stories choose to introduce fantastic elements, some of them extreme, into their stories?  What does the fantasy enable them to do that the more realistic narrative doesn’t?

Please consider joining us for what should be a lot of fun.   I also hope to announce some ‘official’ times Gary and I will be in the convention bar if you just want to stop by and say hi.

 

Episode 206: Peter Halasz, Robert J. Sawyer and Canadian SF

In recent weeks Coode Street has discussed the national SF scenes in the United Kimgdom, Australia and China. This week we are joined by Peter Halasz and Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Robert J Sawyer, both long-standing advocates of Canadian science fiction, to discuss what’s happening in SF/F north of the US border.

We’d like to thank both Bob and Peter for joining us in what was a very spirited and energetic discussion. Next week: Kameron Hurley!  Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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Episode 205: Ken Liu and Chinese Science Fiction

Following on from our recent conversations about British and Australian Science Fiction, this week we invited Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning author and translator Ken Liu to join us to discuss translating fiction, his experiences with Chinese SF and his forthcoming translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem (which Gary officially has recommended as a Coode Street Recommended Book).

We’d like to thank Ken for joining us in what proved to be an extremely interesting conversation. Next week: Canada! Till then, we hope you enjoy the episode.
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Fearsome Magics in store

Tomorrow is the publication date for my second fantasy anthology for Solaris, Fearsome Magics.  It’s available from all good bookstores, online and offline, and features the following terrific stories:

  • Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • The Dun Letter, Christopher Rowe
  • Home is the Haunter (A Sir Hereward and Mr Fitz story), Garth Nix
  • Grigori’s Solution, Isobelle Carmody
  • Dream London Hospital, Tony Ballantyne
  • Safe House, K J Parker
  • Hey Presto!, Ellen Klages
  • The Changeling, James Bradley
  • Migration, Karin Tidbeck
  • On Skybolt Mountain, Justina Robson
  • Where Our Edges Lie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Devil’s Bridge, Frances Hardinge
  • The Nursery Corner, Kaaron Warren
  • Aberration, Genevieve Valentine
  • Ice in the Bedroom, Robert Shearman

As I’ve come to appreciate , the most important time in a book’s life is the first month or so. If you like books like Fearsome Magics consider buying them soon after they’ve been published.

It’s available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and all sorts of other great places.

Episode 204: Books we’re looking forward to, or the shopping list episode

This week Gary and Jonathan, aware that the Festive Season and more are in front of us all, sit down with the most recent ‘Forthcoming Books’ issue of Locus and do their best to assemble a quick, on-the-fly list of books we’re looking forward to from October through to May next year. As Gary and Jonathan both say on the podcast, the list has been quickly assembled and certainly misses many worthwhile books. Still, it’s a start. 

 
Here’s the list. These are books we’ll be reading, discussing and possibly recommending in coming months.

October 2014
  • Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Doubt Factory, (Little, Brown, nvl-ya, hc)
  • Bear, Greg, War Dogs, (Orbit US, hc)
  • Carroll, Jonathan, Bathing the Lion, (St. Martin’s, hc)
  • Gibson, William, The Peripheral, (Penguin/Putnam, hc)
  • Leckie, Ann, Ancillary Sword, (Orbit US, tp)
  • Newman, Kim, The English Ghost Story, (Titan, tp)
  • Nix, Garth, Clariel, (Hot Key Books, nvl-ya, hc)
November 2014
  • Baxter, Stephen, Ultima, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
  • Herbert, Frank, Frank Herbert: Collected Stories, (Tor, cln, hc)
  • Sherman, Delia, Young Woman in a Garden, (Small Beer Press, cln, tp)
  • Williams, Sean, Crashland, (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, hc)
December 2014
  • Ellison, Harlan, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, (Subterranean Press/Edgeworks Abbey, hc) January 2015
  • Morrow, James Galapagos Regained (St Martins, hc)
  • Walton, Jo, The Just City, (Tor, hc)
February 2015
  • Abercrombie, Joe, Half the World, (Ballantine Del Rey, hc)
  • Gaiman, Neil, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries •(HarperCollins/Morrow, cln, tp)
  • Link, Kelly, Get in Trouble, (Random House, cln, hc)
  • McAuley, Paul, Something Coming Through, (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
  • Park, Paul, Other Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
March 2015
  • Robson, Justina, The Glorious Angels, (Orion/Gollancz, tp)
  • Wilson, Robert Charles, The Affinities, (Tor, hc)
 
April 2015
  • Bacigalupi, Paolo, The Water Knife, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
  • Baxter, Stephen, Remembrance: A Xeelee Collection, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
  • Bray, Libba, Lair of Dreams, (Little, Brown UK/Atom, hc)
  • Liu, Ken, The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty) (Saga, hc)
  • McDonald, Ian, Mars Stories, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
  • McDonald, Ian, Only the Best of Ian McDonald, (PS Publishing, cln, hc)
May 2015
  • Ashby, Madeline, Company Town, (Angry Robot US, tp)
  • Blaylock, James P., Beneath London, (Titan, tp)
  • Okorafor, Nnedi, The Book of Phoenix, (DAW, hc)
  • Rajaniemi, Hannu, Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, (Tachyon Publications, cln, hc)
  • Robinson, Kim Stanley, Aurora, (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
Invitation:  As Gary and Jonathan mention on the episode, please feel free to add your own recommendations in comments here.
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