Episode 218: Harlan Ellison, Bill Schafer and the Volcano

This week, in honor of the new Subterranean Press volume The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, we are joined by Harlan himself, along with Subterranean publisher William Schafer.

Although Jonathan wasn’t able to join us on this one, we get into some fascinating stories about Thomas Pynchon, Octavia Butler, Harlan’s famous house (including the “grotto”), the role of small-press publishers in the history of the field, and what it all looks like from the perspective of a legendary writer in his 81st year.

Note: There’s a break at the 42min mark when Gary’s cat stepped on his laptop and paused the recording. A few minutes were missed, but conversation continued!!

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.

Episode 217: James Morrow, SF, Satire, Religion, and Other Matters

51J%2BsR8NyWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpThis week we welcome James Morrow, one of SF’s premier satirists, whose new novel Galapagos Regained is just out, taking on Darwinism, Victorian religious attitudes, the Book of Mormon, and Morrow’s frequent themes of rationalism vs. received belief. 

We also touch upon the role of a religious satirist, the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, old SF movies and TV programs, Morrow’s recent novellas Shambling Towards Hiroshima and The Madonna and the Starship, and his forthcoming collection Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow from Wesleyan University Press.

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

Episode 216: Guy Gavriel Kay and the Legend of the Lost Podcast

More than two years ago, at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Gary and Jonathan sat down with Guy Gavriel Kay to discuss his then new novel River of Stars.  A now legendary discussion followed, that quickly became mythical when technical issues resulted in that recording and several others being permanently lost.

In an attempt to redress the loss of that earlier conversation, Guy agreed to join Jonathan and Gary for the discussion that follows while they were all in Washington DC for the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.  
As always, we would like to thank Guy for his patience and for being part of the podcast. It is greatly appreciated. We hope you all enjoy the episode and will be back next week!