Keeping busy in 2017

With the year nearly over, how does 2017 look for me? It looks a little quieter, to be honest. Book-wise, I should have two new anthologies out. Infinity Wars, the sixth Infinity anthology, should be out from Solaris some time in June. It will follow The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11, which should be out in May.

Passing Strange, Ellen Klages
Passing Strange, Ellen Klages

There should also be some novellas I’ve edited coming out from Tor.com. First up is Passing Strange by Ellen Klages (January), followed by Caitlin Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland (February), Gwyneth Jones’s Proof of Concept (April), and something from Ian McDonald later in the year. I’ve also acquired several short stories from Yoon Ha Lee, Lavie Tidhar and others that will be coming out through the year.

I don’t currently have any plans to edit any single-author collections, though I am overdue on working on the Best of Lafferty. I’ll be working on Locus as always (my 20th year!), and maybe one or two other things if I can interest publishers.

As always, I’ll be co-hosting the Coode Street Podcast with Gary Wolfe. We should hit our 300th episode some time before the end of 2016, so we’ll be cruising on into our next hundred with assorted guests. We’re keen to do more short story episodes with Kij Johnson, and there’s always the Roundtable with Ian and James (which I’ve been holding up, but am very keep to get back to).

What else? Conventions. I plan to attend WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland this August. It’s my main convention for 2017. I ate also purchased a membership to World Fantasy 2017 in San Antonio, and really hope to be there, though we’ll have to see what plans and finances permit. If the world is insanely generous I may also make it to Continuum 13, the 57th Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne this June. We’ll have to see though.

I think that’s it. It sounds like a lot, I guess, but I’m feeling like I need to get on with things and add another project or two to the mix. Hopefully I can come up with something interesting before 2016 is done.

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Sheri S. Tepper

I was very sorry to hear this morning that Sheri S. Tepper had passed away. She started writing later in life, or at least publishing later in life, as a number of fine writers have, and ended up being extremely prolific through the 1980s and into the 1990s.

I first encountered Tepper’s work through her early novels in the ‘True Game‘ trilogy of trilogies and the ‘Marianne’ series, all books that read like fantasy but mixed science fiction and fantasy in a way that now seems prophetic. She wrote horror and mystery just as effectively, but probably hit her peak with Grass, a Hugo nominee (it lost to Dan Simmons’ Hyperion) and first in the ‘Arbai’ trilogy. I think it’s a masterwork that far outstrips her later work from the 1990s and 2000s.

A number of her more than 30 novels remain in print, but sadly, despite being awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement, I don’t think she ever achieved the level of recognition she deserved. I could speculate on why (her gender, her politics, her somewhat more frank and even heavy-handed approach in her later novels), but I can only hope that will change.  She was remarkable.

 

Obituary: Locus; Whatever

 

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Walter Jon Williams’ Impersonations

Cover art for Impersonations
Cover art for Impersonations
Impersonations, Walter Jon Williams

So I’ve been working away. In amongst editing anthologies, pitching new ones, working for Locus, recording podcasts, and such, I’ve been working with the team at Tor.com to bring you some pretty exciting novellas and short fiction.  The latest one, Impersonations, is a fantastic novel-length adventure by Walter Jon Williams set in his Praxis series.  I love Walter’s work and I love this story, which features his longtime hero Caro Sula.

While the book is not coming out till later this year, I’m really excited to see the cover by Jaime Jones revealed by Irene, Lee and the Tor.com team.


Impersonations, A Tale of the Praxis

Having made the unforgivable mistake of winning a war without the proper permission, Captain Caroline Sula has been exiled to Earth, a distant backwater far from the heart of Empire, the sort of place where careers go to die. Sula sees her posting as a chance for an extended vacation amid the rubble of Earth’s long history, but there are parts of her own past she doesn’t want known.

When an old acquaintance shows up on Earth Sula is faced with possible exposure. Then a mysterious warship turns up in her dockyard. Someone is forging evidence that could send her to prison, while another group is rummaging around in her past. And there is an assassin on her trail. Sula has to put all the pieces together before she ends up dead, disgraced, or exposed.

With this novel-length adventure featuring one of his most popular characters, Nebula winner Walter Jon Williams returns to the universe the Praxis in fine style!

(coming from Tor.com, 2016)


James Patrick Kelly said of it:

One of the great space opera series of all time continues with Impersonations.  Know however,  that this book easily stands on its own with a tight focus on Captain the Lady Sula and her new assignment on Earth.  And what a great future Earth this is, at once familiar and deliciously transformed by centuries of domination by the alien Shaa.  Mysteries and secrets, murders and natural disasters and above all politics played as a blood sport are all on offer by this masterful writer. Walter Jon Williams owns this genre!

You can order it soon.  Below are the other novellas I’ve been working on for Tor.com of late.

 

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Novelette

And now my nominees for Best Novelette. There were some other terrific novelettes, but these ended up on my ballot. Looking at them, they’re all from anthologies, which is unusual for me, and there’s a real gender issue. That tended to balance over my ballot, but not here. Although there were a lot of great novelettes published in 2015, I don’t think you’d regret reading any of these.

  • “Another Word for World,” Ann Leckie (Future Visions)
  • “Capitalism in the 22nd Century,” Geoff Ryman (Stories for Chip)
  • “Black Dog,” Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warnings and Other Disturbances)
  • “My Last Bringback,” John Barnes (Meeting Infinity)
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” Ian McDonald (Old Venus)
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