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Episode 236: On books to look for

Posted by jonathanstrahan on June 1, 2015

Every year there are thousands of books published and any one of them could appeal to you. To help you find great new books, Locus publishes a list of forthcoming titles every three months.   And to help you navigate through that, each quarter we invite Locus  Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi to join us and discuss the books that we think might be most interesting that are due out between now and the end of 2015.

This month, unfortunately, Liza was not able to join us. However, we have persevered and have some recommendations for you. Of course, we strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the June issue of Locus and see the full list, which goes through to March 2016.

As promised, here’s our list:

  • ABERCROMBIE, JOE Half a War, Ballantine Del Rey, Jul 2015 (eb, hc)
  • BAXTER, STEPHEN Xeelee: Endurance, Orion/ Gollancz, Sep 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • BEAR, GREG Killing Titan, Orbit US, Oct 2015 (hc)
  • BENFORD, GREGORY The Best of Gregory Benford, Sub- terranean Press, Jul 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • BIANCOTTI, DEBORAH Waking in Winter, PS Publishing, Jul 2015 (na, hc)
  • BLAYLOCK, JAMES P. Beneath London, Titan US, May 2015 (eb, tp)
  • BRAY, LIBBA Lair of Dreams, Little, Brown, Aug 2015 (1st US, ya, eb, hc)
  • CHO, ZEN Sorcerer to the Crown, Macmillan, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
  • CIXIN, LIU The Dark Forest, Tor, Jul 2015 (eb, hc)
  • DE BODARD, ALIETTE House of Shattered Wings, Penguin/Roc, Sep 2015 (1st US, hc)
  • DICKINSON, SETH The Traitor Boru Cormorant, Macmillan/Tor UK, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
  • DONALDSON, STEPHEN R. The King’s Justice, Penguin/Putnam, Oct 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • GORODISCHER, ANGELICA Prodigies, Small Beer Press, Aug 2015 (eb, tp)
  • HAND, ELIZABETH Wylding Hall, Open Road, Jul 2015
  • HOLLAND, CECELIA Dragon Heart, Tor, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
  • HOPKINSON, NALO Falling in Love with Hominids, Tachyon Publications, Aug 2015 (c, tp)
  • HURLEY, KAMERON Empire Ascendant, Angry Robot US, Oct 2015 (eb, tp)
  • HUTCHISON, DAVE, Europe in Autumn, Solaris, UK/US Nov 2015 (tp)
  • KIERNAN, CAITLÍN R. Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea, Subterranean Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • KRESS, NANCY The Best of Nancy Kress, Subterranean Press, Sep 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • LECKIE, ANN Ancillary Mercy, Orbit US, Oct 2015 (tp)
  • LIU, KEN The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • McDONALD, IAN Luna: New Moon, Tor, Sep 2015 (eb, hc)
  • McDONALD, IAN The Best of Ian MacDonald, PS Publishing, Jun 2015 (c, hc)
  • McDONALD, IAN The Locomotives’ Graveyard, PS Publishing, Aug 2015 (na, hc)
  • McDONALD, IAN Mars Stories, PS Publishing, Aug 2015 (c, hc)
  • MIÉVILLE, CHINA Three Moments of an Explosion, Ballantine Del Rey, Aug 2015 (1st US, c, eb, hc) MITCHELL, DAVID Slade House, Random House, Oct 2015 (eb, hc)
  • MORROW, JAMES Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow, Wesleyan University Press, Nov 2015 (c, hc)
  • NIX, GARTH To Hold the Bridge, Harper, Jun 2015 (c, ya, hc)
  • PRATCHETT, TERRY The Shepherd’s Crown, HarperCollins, Sep 2015 (ya, hc)
  • REYNOLDS, ALASTAIR The Best of Alastair Reynolds, Subterranean Press, Nov 2015 (c, eb, hc)
  • RICKERT, MARY The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece: New and Selected Stories, Small Beer Press, Aug 2015 (c, eb, tp)
  • ROBERTS, ADAM The Thing Itself, Orion/Gollancz, Dec 2015 (tp)
  • SCALZI, JOHN The End of All Things, Tor, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
  • SWANWICK, MICHAEL Chasing the Phoenix, Tor, Aug 2015 (eb, hc)
  • WESTERFELD, SCOTT Zeroes (with Margo Lanagan & Debo rah Biancotti), Simon Pulse, Sep 2015 (ya, hc)
  • WOLFE, GENE A Borrowed Man, Tor, Oct 2015 (eb, hc)

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

Correction: During the podcast Jonathan incorrectly said Linda Nagata’s Going Dark was the reissue of the first book in her “The Red” sequence. It’s actually the third, with The Red: First Light coming in June, The Red: The Trials in August, and series closer The Red: Going Dark in November. All are worth your attention.

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Forthcoming books episode coming!

As promised, regular guest Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi will join us on the podcast this weekend to discuss highlights from the next “Forthcoming Books” issue of Locus. We expect to give you an idea of the books we’ll be looking out for during the rest of the year, while also possibly mentioning other surprises.   We record tomorrow, and the episode should be out late Monday.

Episode 235: Elizabeth Hand and Building the Mystery

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This week we pay a return visit to World Fantasy Award winning author Elizabeth Hand, discussing her new short novel Wylding Hall, the British folk revival of the 1970s which provides the novel’s background, the use of multiple narrators (and the advantages of audio-books in differentiating them), and such diverse matters as the legacy of Arthur Machen, why there aren’t more fantasy novels about the arts, and what to expect next in her ongoing series of crime novels involving the troubled ex-punk photographer Cass Neary.

As always, our thanks to Liz for making the time to talk to us and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

Episode 234: On World Fantasy Awards, Life Achievement and other rambles


This week we sit down and discuss the World Fantasy Awards, the Life Achievement Award, and quite a lot more. Another old-fashioned ramble for the Coode Street Archives.

We would mention that members of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Fantasy Conventions are eligible to vote for this year’s World Fantasy Awards. A voting form is available, and you may vote via email.  Voting closes 31 May 2015. Support what you think is worthy.
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and will be back next week with more.

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Nine is out!

bestsff9The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine (Solaris) is due out in shops today! It’ll be out in the UK in a week or so. I’m really happy with this book and hope you’ll consider taking a look at it.

The stories in the book are:

1. “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie
2. “The Scrivener”, Eleanor Arnason
3. “Moriabe’s Children”, Paolo Bacigalupi
4. “Covenant”, Elizabeth Bear
5. “Slipping”, Lauren Beukes
6. “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)”, Holly Black
7. “Shadow Flock”, Greg Egan
8. “The Truth About Owls”, Amal El-Mohtar
9. “Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology”, Theodora Goss
10. “Cold Wind”, Nicola Griffith
11. “Someday”, James Patrick Kelly
12. “Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No.8)”, Caitlin R Kiernan
13. “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifying”, Alice Sola Kim
14. “Amicae Aeternum”, Ellen Klages
15. “Calligo Lane”, Ellen Klages
16. “The Lady and the Fox”, Kelly Link
17. “The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION”, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009”, Ken Liu
18. “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”, Usman T Mailk
19. “Four Days of Christmas”, Tim Maughan
20. “The Fifth Dragon”, Ian McDonald
21. “Shay Corsham Worsted”, Garth Nix
22. “I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”, K. J. Parker
23. “Kheldyu”, Karl Schroeder
24. “Tawny Petticoats”, Michael Swanwick
25. “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)”, Rachel Swirsky
26. “The Insects of Love”, Genevieve Valentine
27. “Collateral”, Peter Watts
28. “The Devil in America”, Kai Ashante Wilson

I think it’s a terrific lineup,  and makes for a great book.

Where can you buy it?

Glad you asked. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, these fine retail outlets should have it:

I also would encourage you to try your local independents. My own two favourites here in Perth are:

but there are great retailers everywhere, like Borderlands in San Francisco, Pulp Fiction in Brisbane, Slow Glass in Melbourne, all of whom would be happy to help you out.

If you do pick up the book, I hope you enjoy it.