Category Archives: Science fiction

Coming up for air…

I hope to start posting here a lot more regularly. I know most everyone has given up on the blog – readers are down to an understandably pitiful but deeply appreciated few – but I do have some plans that might make it a bit more interesting in coming months.

I hope to talk a bit more about projects that are in train, and about what I’m reading, even if just for my own record.  While I’m working on finishing Meeting Infinity, getting started on The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, and editing/acquiring some novellas for, I’m also reading away and making plans for next year.

In the meantime, though, there’s a lot to read out there. My pal Tempest Bradford continues to recommend great stories on, James Bradley has an excellent new novel out  (someone in the US needs to buy this!), and my friend Joe just bought and exciting new novel by the astoundingly wonderful Frances Hardinge.  Not bad days at all.

Coming up on Coode Street

Coming up this weekend in episode 222 of the Coode Street Podcast, Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld join us to talk about their exciting new project, Zeroes, collaborating, superheroes and why Australia doesn’t make a good setting for genre fiction.

This one’s already in the can, so look for it here on Sunday and on the following Tuesday!

New episode coming!

After a short hiatus due to scheduling issues, the Coode Street Podcast returns this weekend with a fascinating discussion with Joe Abercrombie and Sean Williams about writing, young adult fiction, and their new novels Crash and Half the World.

This episode was recorded during the Perth Writer’s Festival. Gary was safely asleep in Chicago, so Jonathan did a rare solo episode. Next week will be a return to normal programming as Gary and Jonathan are joined by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld. 

Awards Eligibility – 2014

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 2014, 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 a new collection of Jack Vance fiction, three anthologies, edited an issue of an online magazine, appeared on more than 40 podcast episodes, and still acted as reviews editor for Locus.

The anthologies, of which I’m very proud, are:

Fearsome Magics (Solaris)
Reach for Infinity (Solaris)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight (Solaris)
Subterranean Magazine, Winter 2014 (Subterranean)

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 2014

Short story

“Caligo Lane”, Ellen Klages (Subterranean)
“Amicae Aeternum”, Ellen Klages (Reach for Infinity)
“Invisible Planets”, Hannu Rajaniemi (Reach for Infinity)
“Devil’s Bridge”, Frances Hardinge (Fearsome Magics)
“Nanny Anne”, Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean)
“Hiraeth: A Tragedy in Four Acts”, Karen Lord (Reach for Infinity)
“Where Our Edges Lie”, Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fearsome Magics)
“Aberration”, Genevieve Valentine (Fearsome Magics)
“The Entire Immense Superstructure': An Installation”, Ken Macleod (Reach for Infinity)
“Dream London Hospital”, Tony Ballantyne (Fearsome Magics)
“Migration”, Karin Tidbeck (Fearsome Magics)
“The Dun Letter”, Christopher Rowe (Fearsome Magics)
“In Babelsberg”, Alastair Reynolds (Reach for Infinity)
“The Scrivener”, Eleanor Arnason (Subterranean)
“Trademark Bugs: A Legal History”, Adam Roberts (Reach for Infinity)
“Hay Fever”, Frances Hardinge (Subterranean)
“Hey Presto!”, Ellen Klages (Fearsome Magics)
“On Skybolt Mountain”, Justina Robson (Fearsome Magics)
“The Nursery Corner”, Kaaron Warren (Fearsome Magics)
“Safe House”, K J Parker (Fearsome Magics)
“The Prelate’s Commission”, Jeffrey Ford (Subterranean)
“I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There.”, KJ Parker (Subterranean)
“Hotshot”, Peter Watts (Reach for Infinity)
“The Dust Queen”, Aliette de Bodard (Reach for Infinity)


“The Fifth Dragon”, Ian McDonald (Reach for Infinity)
“Break My Fall”, Greg Egan (Reach for Infinity)
“Attitude”, Linda Nagata (Reach for Infinity)
“Grigori’s Solution”, Isobelle Carmody (Fearsome Magics)
“Report Concerning the Presence of Seahorses On Mars”, Pat Cadigan (Reach for Infinity)
“The Changeling”, James Bradley (Fearsome Magics)
“Bit Players”, Greg Egan (Subterranean)
“Ice in the Bedroom”, Robert Shearman (Fearsome Magics)
“Kheldyu”, Karl Schroeder (Reach for Infinity)
“Wilder Still”, the Stars”, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Reach for Infinity)
“Home is the Haunter”, Garth Nix (Fearsome Magics)


“Pilgrims of the Round World”, Bruce Sterling (Subterranean)

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

  • Jonathan Strahan (Fearsome Magics, Reach for Infinity, Subterranean, Winter 2014, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight, Locus [reviews editor], Minding the Stars)

Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast [Episodes 175 – 212] [co-hosted with Gary K. Wolfe.]

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

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 9 – ToC revealed

I normally would have done this earlier, but I’ve only just had the final okay, so here’s the table of contents for my next Best of the Year. I’m away from home so I don’t have all of the usual info to hand, but I promise to add sources etc over the next day or so.  While there are one or two stories that got away, and while if I had a smidgeon more room I might have opted for a novella in one spot, I’m basically very happy with this list.

Table of Contents (in alpha order)

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