It’s the end of the year and various awards will be open for nominations and so on soon. There is a lot of wonderful fiction out there and, having been busy during 2020, 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 three new anthologies, one novel and three novellas for Tor.com Publishing, four stories for Tor.com, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 18th consecutive year.
As a podcaster, I think 2020 was in some ways a whole new thing. Depending on how you look at it, Gary K. Wolfe and I produced and hosted either 178 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast, or we produced 26 episodes of Coode Street and 152 episodes of a new short podcast, Ten Minutes with…” I prefer to see it as the latter.
As a guide, fiction in Made to Order is science fiction, the fiction in The Book of Dragons is science fiction and fantasy, and are relevant for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. The novellas range from science fiction to weird fantasy.
Jonathan Strahan (Made to Order: Robots and Rebellion; The Book of Dragons; The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 1; Anthropocene Rag; Prosper’s Demons, The Tindalos Asset; The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water; Tor.com stories; Locus [reviews editor]
The whole being an editor thing means that you sort of work 365 days a year and 9-5 is a bit meaningless. That said, in the interests of sanity I will be clocking off at the end of the day on Wednesday 23 December and won’t be clocking back on until Monday 27 December 2020. During that time I won’t be answering editing emails, dealing with Locus work, or doing anything I should. I shall, instead, be enjoying the company of my family, reading some stuff for fun, and doing my best not to to think about either the day job or editing work.
Well, this is pretty cool. The wonderful people at HarperVoyager are making ten (10) copies of The Book of Dragons available as giveaways to Coode Street readers, listeners, and to dragon lovers all across the United States.
If you’re in the USA, are over eighteen and sign up by following this link and sign up you could be one of ten people drawn randomly and have a free copy of The Book of Dragons on its way to you very soon!
To celebrate, we’ll be featuring a number of Book of Dragons contributors on Ten Minutes with… and will be including links to audio samples from their stories.
Over the coming two weeks we’ll have new podcasts with:
R. F. Kuang
and others! We also have already talked to a whole bunch of the Book of Dragons team. Check out the interviews below!
Well, as is clear from the previous post and my social media, this blog was hacked by some nice people who used a bot of some sort to crack an old FTP password, delete everything and inject cruft into the database.
These things happen and it’s taken a bit of time to get the whole thing going again. It’ll take a good while for me to go through and clean up the fifteen or so years worth of posts here so I have to decide if that’s worth the time, so my apologies for odd characters in older posts. I’m also going to give some thought to what place, if any, a blog has in the modern world. It probably should be some kind of personal sales thing, but that doesn’t sound a lot of fun, really.