Locus Awards go to Neptune – The Pat Cadigan Edition

EDGE OF INFINITYThis morning while I slept a group of people, sartorially garbed in bright Hawaiian shirts gathered at the Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle, Washington for the annual presentation of the Locus Awards.

I am delighted to report that beautiful and wondrous Pat Cadigan’s fantastic story “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” won for Best Novelette (she’s expanding it into a novel!), while Edge of Infinity picked up the gong for Best Anthology. I love this book a great deal and I am incredibly happy that it won and that Pat won. My congratulations to her, and my sincere thanks to the Solaris team of Jonathan Oliver, Ben Smith, and Michael Molcher, who all worked incredibly hard to make the book a success, with a special thanks to Adam Tredowski for the fantastic cover. If you’re a member of LonestarCon you can read the book as part of the Hugo packet, but it’s out in the world in all sorts of places.

In addition to thanking all of the authors, my wife and family, my spectacular agent Howard, and Solaris, I want to thank Liza Trombi, Fran, Kirsten and the Locus family who support me so well, and who do a great job with the awards. I can’t wait to see the plaque when it gets here.

Finally, an enormous congratulations to all of the Locus Awards recipients on their wins! A fine bunch, and one I’m proud to be part of this year.

Episode 148: Playing for time

As any regular listener knows all too well, hotel wifi is an unreliable friend. With Gary away in Seattle at the Locus Awards weekend, we recorded this “safety” episode to make sure you’d have your weekly Coode Street fix, It was recorded on June 23, and amongst other things we discuss the very sad recent deaths of Iain M. Banks, Jack Vance, and Parke Godwin, all of whom made significant contributions to our field As always, we hope you enjoy this latest ramble.

Proportionately sad…

I don’t anthropomorphise my technology. I don’t have cute or clever names for it, and I don’t think it has any particular personality. Still, today I am a little sad about something.  I bought an iPad 2.0 back in June of 2011, just on two  years ago. I have carried it with me around the world, recorded (and lost) some wonderful podcasts on it, read books, read graphic stories, listened to music, watched television and music, whiled away flights, blogged, photographed, and even played games, performed bank transfers and who knows what all else during that time. I doubt that a day has gone by when I haven’t used it extensively for some purpose or other, and I’ve become very attached to it.

So, today, when I had to while away a little time sitting on my front porch I decided to kill ten minutes playing a game (Asphalt 7, for the curious). And, as has never happened before, the iPad slipped from my hand, skidded slightly down the step, and hit the concrete path just *s0*.  At first I thought I’d escaped, but I quickly saw that one corner has been crunched, that some glass was missing there, and then noticed hairline cracks extending over most of the screen (including a great big diagonal doozy of a thing). Basically, though the device is still functioning, it’s cactus.

It’s something I wish hadn’t happened. I’d no plans to replace the iPad, and I’m not sure what I’ll do. I’ll take it to Apple tomorrow, who will probably replace it rather than fix the screen. A fee, I believe, of about $280. There’ll be some fiddling around, then onwards I guess. I am considering switching to an iPad Mini, but am doubtful since I use the iPad to watch TV, and I could switch to an iPad 4, but the 5 is apparently not far away. Something to ponder.

In the meantime, though, a moment of very mild melancholy. “Jonathan Strahan’s iPad”, nifty Coode St sticker appended to the back, has been a faithful servant these past two years and will be missed.

Episode 147: Live with M. John Harrison!

This week M. John Harrison, award-winning author of Viriconium, The Course of the Heart, the “Empty Space” trilogy, and Climbers, joins Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss publishing his new ‘Autotelia’ story “Cave and Julia” as a Kindle single, the literalisation of metaphor, pathways to reading the “Empty Space” trilogy, the influence of Arthur Machen on his work, short story as an experimental laboratory and many other things. It is, we think, a fascinating episode of the podcast and, as always, we hope you enjoy it!  Our sincere thanks to Mike for his time. We hope to continue the conversation some time soon.