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Episode 570: Coode Street’s Books to Look for in 2022

Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast. With 2021 barely in the rearview mirror, it’s time to kick off season 13 with a brand new episode. A little over a month ago we sat down with James Bradley, Alix E. Harrow, and Ian Mond to discuss 2021: The Year in Review in Episode 568. At the end of that chat, we all said we’d back to discuss the books we’re looking forward to in 2022, and here we are!

This week we discuss 25 or so books that we are looking forward to or, maybe, have read already and can recommend that you check out (along with a few strays). Pre-order links are below. We also are clear we’ve definitely missed books we’ll end up loving.

As always, our sincere thanks to James, Alix, and Ian for making time to chat with us.  We hope you enjoy the episode and that you’ll see us again in a couple weeks.


  1. The Candy House, Jennifer Egan
  2. To Paradise, Hanya Yanigihara
  3. Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi
  4. Sea of Tranquility, Emily St John Mandel
  5. A History of Dreams, Jane Rawson


  1. Siren Queen, Nghi Vo
  2. Saint Death’s Daughter, C.S.E. Cooney
  3. How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu
  4. Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
  5. Spear, Nicola Griffith


  1. The This, Adam Roberts
  2. Dark Breakers, C.S.E Cooney
  3. The Last Blade Priest, Will Wiles
  4. Booth, Karen Joy Fowler
  5. Hard Places(1), Kirstyn McDermott


  1. The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest, Felix Salten (trans. Jack Zipes)
  2. Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution,  R.F. Kuang
  3. The Landing, Mary Gentle
  4. All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. Devil House, John Darnielle


  1. A Mirror Mended, Alix E. Harrow
  2. Aspects, John M. Ford
  3. High Times in the Low Parliament, Kelly Robson
  4. The Daughter of Dr. Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  5. Boys, Beasts, and Men, Sam J. Miller

(1) Pre-order not yet available.

Open submission period for BIPOC* writers for The Book of Witches

Following on from the award-winning success of The Book of Dragons, Harper Voyager will publish an exciting new anthology, The Book of Witches, edited by Jonathan Strahan in the Fall of 2023. Like The Book of DragonsThe Book of Witches will be a big, inclusive, illustrated anthology of fiction and poetry, this time looking at “witches” (more specifically your witch and what it means to you).

So far writers who have agreed to contribute to the book include Linda Addison, S.A. Chakraborty, Zen Cho, P. Djèlí Clark, Indrapramit Das, Amal El Mohtar, Andrea Hairston, Millie Ho, Nalo Hopkinson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Khaw, Fonda Lee, Darcie Little Badger, Ken Liu, Karen Lord, Usman T. Malik, Tochi Onyebuchi, C.L. Polk, Rebecca Roanhorse, Kelly Robson, Angela Slatter, Rivers Solomon, Andrea Stewart, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Tade Thompson, and we are reserving up to three spots in the final book for new BIPOC writers.

If you are a BIPOC* writer – regardless of whether you’re widely published or just starting out – and would like to see your work appear in a major anthology like The Book of Witches, we’d love to hear from you. Just check out the submissions guidelines below and send us your story.

* Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour

Guidelines for open submissions

  • Submissions must not have been previously published in any form, whether by digital-only publisher, traditional publisher, or self-published.
  • Submissions must be in English and be between 1500 and 6000 wordsin length.
  • Submissions must be in a standard word processor format (MS Word or similar). No PDFs.
  • Submissions should be accompanied by a short author bio (no more than 200 wds). You are welcome but not required to share any identity information which you would like to share. This information will not be published without consultation with you.
  • Agented submissions are welcome, but agents are not required. If you do have an agent you should indicate so with your submission and provide contact information for their representatives.
  • Submissions will open on Monday, 14 March 2022and close at 5pm Australian Western Standard Time on Friday, 18 March 2022.
  • Submissions should be sent to

  • You will be contacted ONLY if your submission is accepted for inclusion. All responses will be sent no later than Saturday, 30 April 2022.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please do not send multiple submissions.
  • Payment will be a minimum 8cpw and we will be looking for World rights to the story in English and foreign languages for print, ebook, and non-dramatic audio (ie standard audiobook), as part of the anthology only. This will be exclusive for a period to be negotiated.

Awards Eligibility – 2021

2021 was a year. COVID played hell with production and publication, and things that might have succeeded didn’t. That impacted books of mine, like 2020s Made to Order, and it means books that I had hoped would come out in 2021 did not.

Still, it was a busy year and with the end of the year it’s time for an eligibility post.  During 2021 I was lucky enough to work on what I think are some really excellent works of fiction that are worthy of your awards consideration.

It was a year when I edited one anthology (one other got delayed), seven of the 19 novellas published by Tordocom during the year (and there could have been more), nine of’s short stories, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 19th consecutive year.

As a podcaster, I think 2021 was a move back to normal life, with just over 26 episodes published during the year, after the rather wonderful madness of our 150+ Ten Minutes with… episodes . We did win a Hugo for the podcast, which was lovely.

Fiction edited in 2021




Short story

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

  • Jonathan Strahan (The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 2; seven Tordotcom novellasnine stories;  Locus [reviews editor]

Best Fancast/Podcast

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

Episode 569: A Thank You for Supporting Us for So Long

The Coode Street Podcast kicked off in May 2010. Over the next 568 episodes Jonathan and Gary, and far too many friends of the podcast to be named here individually, talked about a shared love of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in all of their many forms.

Just a week ago, the members of the World Science Fiction Convention awarded the Coode Street Podcast with the Hugo Award for Best Fancast. This time out we take a moment, on the very edge of the holidays, to say thank you. Thank you to everyone out there involved, no matter how small or how large your contribution to our ongoing conversation. We will ever be in deeply in your debt for your support.

We’ll be back in 2022, but for now we’d like to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a thoroughly magical New Year. See you again soon!

Episode 568: A Very Coode Street Gift Guide Roundtable

The holiday season is upon us, another strange, unforgettable year is almost done, and here at Coode Street it’s time for our annual gift guide/year in review, where we recommend some books we loved during the year.

This time out we invited special guests and good friends James Bradley, Alix E. Harrow, and Ian Mond to join us to recommend just a few of the books we’d loved the most during 2021. Perhaps more than in any other year, this was a time when we all were almost surprised at how much great reading we found.

Because this is Coode Street, traditions are traditions and we had some technical issues. All is good for most of the hour of the recording, but there’s a jump or two towards the end. We hope you’ll excuse this, and that the recommendations will prove of interest.

As always, our thanks to Alix, James, and Ian for making time to talk to us. We hope you enjoy the podcast and that the guide is of some use. To help, the recommendations are below. And we’re in talks to maybe return in January for a books we’re looking forward to chat as well…

James Bradley recommended:

Jennifer Mills, The Airways
Elizabeth Knox, The Absolute Book
Nina Allan, The Good Neighbours
Olga Ravn, The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century

and also mentioned:

Alexandra Kleeman, Something New Under the Sun
Laura Jean McKay, The Animals in That Country
Marion Engel, Bear
Garth Nix, Terciel and Elinor
Sim Kern, Depart, Depart
Hari Kunzru, Red Pill

Alix E. Harrow recommended:

Lee Mandelo, Summer Sons
Shelley Parker-Chan, She Who Became the Sun
Ava Reid, The Wolf and the Woodsman
Nghi Vo, The Chosen and the Beautiful

And I also loved/mentioned/endorsed:

Becky Chambers, A Psalm for the Wild-Built
Angela Slatter, All the Murmuring Bones

Ian Mond recommended:

Build Your House Around My Body, Violet Kupersmith
The Thing Between Us, Gus Moreno
The Confessions of Copeland Cane, Keenan Norris
All the Murmuring Bones, Angela Slatter
Dead Souls, Sam Rivière
The Angels of L19, Jonathan Walker
Mrs Death: Misses Death, Salena Godden
The Employees, Olga Ravn (translated by Martin Aitken)

Jonathan recommended:

The Hood, Lavie Tidhar
A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine
A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers
The Wisdom of Crowds, Joe Abercrombie

and passingly mentioned The Detective Up Late by Adrian McKinty.

Gary recommended:

Karin Tidbeck, The Memory Theatre
M. Rickert, The Shipbuilder of Belfairie
E. Lily Yu, On Fragile Waves
Nina Allan, The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories
P. Djèlí Clark, A Master of Djinn

Pus a couple of titles that were also on other folks’ lists, like The Hood and The Chosen and the Beautiful.