Episode 325: World Fantasy Awards, Kate Wilhelm and more

wfas.jpgWith nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards closing shortly, Jonathan and Gary headed to the Gershwin Room to discuss nominating for the Hugos, the recent proposal to change the name of the young adult (not a Hugo) award and to discuss at length their respective nominees for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards. 

Towards the end of the podcast, Jonathan and Gary became aware of the sad news that Kate Wilhelm had died, and spend some time remembering one of the most important SF and mystery writers of the 20th century.

We don’t usually get to this, but in a rare moment of organisation, we’re providing a combined copy of Jonathan and Gary’s draft World Fantasy ballots below. These will change (they’re drafts) but it may serve as a useful pointer to some good reading etc.

As always we hope you enjoy the episode. More next week!


World Fantasy Awards 2018

Life Achievement

  1. Gardner Dozois
  2. Howard Waldrop


  1. Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley (Saga)
  2. Wintertide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com)
  3. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  4. A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan; Amulet)
  5. The River Bank, Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
  6. The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin)
  7. The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel and Grau)
  8. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Fickling UK)


Long Fiction

  1. The Twilight Pariah, Jeffrey Ford (Tor.com Publishing)
  2. Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com Publishing)
  3. Agents of Dreamland, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tor.com Publishing)
  4. Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  5. Mightier than the Sword, K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
  6. The Process is a Process (All its Own), Peter Straub (Subterranean)


Short Fiction

  1. “Probably Still the Chosen One“, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17)
  2. “This is Our Town”, John Crowley (Totalitopia)
  3. “Come See the Living Dryad“, Theodora Goss (Tor.com 3/9/17)
  4. “The Faerie Tree“, Kathleen Kayembe (Lightspeed 11/17)
  5. “The Smoke of Gold Is Glory“, Scott Lynch (The Book of Swords)
  6. “The Resident”, Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties)
  7. “Sidewalks”, Maureen F. McHugh (Omni)
  8. “Carnival Nine“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)
  9. “The Lamentation of Their Women”, Kai Ashante Wllson (Tor.com)



  1. The New Voices of Fantasy, Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman eds (Tachyon)
  2. Black Feathers, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Pegasus)
  3. Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Ellen Datlow ed. (Tor)
  4. The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; HarperCollins UK)
  5. The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, eds. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)



  1. You Should Come With Me Now, M. John Harrison (Comma)
  2. Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  3. Wicked Wonders, Ellen Klages (Tachyon)
  4. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
  5. Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers, Tim Powers (Baen)
  6. Tender: Stories, Sofia Samata (Small Beer)
  7. The Emerald Circus and Other Stories, Jane Yolen (Tachyon)



  1. Rovina Cai
  2. Kathleen Jennings
  3. Gregory Manchess
  4. Victo Ngai
  5. Omar Rayyan


Special Award, Professional

  1. Irene Gallo, for Tor.com Publishing
  2. Joe Monti and Navah Wolfe for editing Saga Press
  3. Jonathan Oliver for editing at Solaris
  4. The Locus Publications editorial team for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields


Special Award, Non-professional

  1. Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies


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Episode 324: Carmen Maria Machado

her-body-and-other-parties.jpgWhen Carmen Maria Machado‘s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was shortlisted for the National Book Award it went to the top of everybody’s “to read” piles. A smart, sensitive and thoughtful look at issues to do with sex, gender, violence and horror, it proved to be one of the very best books of 2017, and one that’s sure to hold everyone’s attention through 2018.

This week Carmen was kind enough to join Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss her work, her reading and writing life, and much more.  Our thanks to Carmen for making the time to talk to us. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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Episode 323: Awards season begins…Hugo time!

Every year Gary and Jonathan sit down and start talking about “awards season”, a short period in the science fiction year that runs from February to November where we take time out to recognise all of the excellent work published in the preceding year.   This year they’re getting to the job late, having already missed the announcement of the Crawford, the BSFA, and the Stoker ballots. Still, just in the nick of time, they take a moment to discuss possible 2018 Hugo Awards nominees, or at least possible fiction nominees, along with some encouragement for listeners to read, watch, and listen widely, and then nominate what they loved.




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Awards Eligibility – 2017

The announcement that nominations have opened for the Hugo Awards kicks off awards season in earnest. There is a lot of wonderful fiction out there and, having been fairly busy during 2017, I’ve been lucky enough to help what I think are some really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your consideration.

It was a year when I edited two new anthologies, three novellas for Tor.com Publishing, half a dozen stories for Tor.com, appeared on and produced 26 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast episodes, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 15th consecutive year.

Fiction edited in 2017


As a guide, fiction in Infinity Wars is science fiction, and probably most relevant for the Hugo and Nebualas.  The novellas range from hard science fiction to weird  fantasy.



Short story

  • Mines, Eleanor Arnason (Infinity Wars)
  • Perfect Gun, Elizabeth Bear (Infinity Wars)
  • In Everlasting Wisdom, Aliette deBodard (Infinity Wars)
  • Dear Sarah, Nancy Kress (Infinity Wars)
  • Heavies, Rich Larson (Infinity Wars)
  • Command and Control, David Levine (Infinity Wars)
  • Conversations with an Armory, Garth Nix (Infinity Wars)
  • Oracle, Dominica Phettaplace (Infinity Wars)
  • Sanctuary, Allen Steele (Tor.com)
  • The Old Dispensation, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com)
  • Overburden, Genevieve Valentine (Infinity Wars)
  • Evening of the Span of Their Days, Carrie Vaughn (Infinity Wars)

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

  • Jonathan Strahan (Infinity Wars, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven, Passing Strange, Proof of Concept, Agents of Dreamland, Tor.com stories, Locus [reviews editor]

Best Fancast/Podcast

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

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Episode 322: Theodora Goss, John Kessel and Monstrous Stories

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This week, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we are joined by two authors whose own recent works celebrate that classic work. 

John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus will be published in February, combining characters from Shelley’s classic and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, while Theodora Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, featuring a number of classic characters from 19th century fantastic fiction—including Frankenstein’s “daughter”–will be joined by its sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman in July; both are part of her series “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.”

We touch upon Shelley’s work, the problems of writing narratives that exist within the spaces of earlier novels, whether or not Frankenstein was really the first science fiction novel, and—briefly—on the debt we all own to Ursula K. Le Guin after her passing earlier in the week.

As always, our thanks to our guests, Dora and John. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!

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