After an extended break caused by travel and illness, our intrepid science fictioneers return to the Waldorf Room to continue their ongoing discussion of the science fiction field. There’s every chance that some week now they’ll find something new to talk about, but until now the old topics of awards, anthologies, conventions, and stuff will have to do. As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast! More next week, we promis
Great news to start the day! Locus has announced the finalists for the 2013 Locus Awards. I’m deeply honoured to be short listed for Best Editor and delighted to see that Edge of Infinity and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six are finalists for Best Anthology. Even more pleasing is that stories from Edge of Infinity, Hugo nominee “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan and “Deeps of the Sky” by Elizabeth Bear, have been short listed for Best Novelette and Best Short Story respectively. My sincere congratulations to them, and to all of my fellow nominees.
I especially want to thank the great team at Solaris who have made Edge of Infinity such a success, and everyone behind the scenes who worked on The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six at Night Shade. It’s a privilege to work with all of them.
I wish I could be at the Locus Awards Weekend. It sounds like a brilliant time and I envy everyone who will be there more than a little.
For a full list of nominees, see here.
With family and travel plans complicating things, the Coode Street Podcast is going on a brief hiatus. We’ll be away for the next two weeks, returning 5 May 2013. We hope life treats you gently between now and then, and look forward to being back in your podcast lists soon!
Next week I will be attending Conflux 9, the Australian National Science Fiction Convention, which is being held at the Rydges Hotel in Canberra. Along the way I seem to have agreed to appear on three panels, none of which I feel especially qualified for, but all of which I hope will be enormous fun. If you’re coming, and I hope you are, check out the program and say hi!
The Natcon, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is the annual gathering of the tribe here in Australia, so next week writers, artists, editors, publishers, fans, and readers of all stripes (those are never discrete groups, by the way), will head to Canberra to talk, eat, drink and live science fiction and fantasy for a long weekend. It’s a chance to catch up, to do a little business and to reconnect with the field. I almost always find these events rejuvenating, and the Conflux’s I’ve attended have been terrific.
I do seem to have already booked all but one of my dinners (a failing of mine), so I think I know what I’m doing every night except for Sunday. I’m also thinking about doing a whole bunch of short interviews for Coode Street, which if they work out should be fun. I need to work out the details of those, though.
Other than that, I just need to get ready. Before I know it, it’s going to be Wednesday morning and Alisa, Terri and I will be at the airport and ready to go. I can’t wait!
There really wasn’t much excuse, except that our two heroes found themselves in the Gershwin Room with no idea at all about what they would discuss and so, with apologies, they ended up discussing awards again. It wasn’t intended, the discussion is being had elsewhere anyway, and solemn promises have been made that it will not happen again (at least for a while). If, however, this doesn’t put you off, then sit back and relax while Gary and Jonathan discuss just what the point of awards is anyway and whether there’s anything left to say about science fiction.