As promised, regular guestÂ LocusÂ Editor-in-Chief Liza Groen Trombi will join us on the podcast this weekend to discuss highlights from the next “Forthcoming Books” issue of Locus. We expect to give you an idea of the books we’ll be looking out for during the rest of the year, while also possibly mentioning other surprises. Â We record tomorrow, and the episode should be out late Monday.
This week we pay a return visit to World Fantasy Award winning author Elizabeth Hand, discussing her new short novel Wylding Hall, the British folk revival of the 1970s which provides the novelâ€™s background, the use of multiple narrators (and the advantages of audio-books in differentiating them), and such diverse matters as the legacy of Arthur Machen, why there arenâ€™t more fantasy novels about the arts, and what to expect next in her ongoing series of crime novels involving the troubled ex-punk photographer Cass Neary.
As always, our thanks to Liz for making the time to talk to us and we hope you enjoy the podcast!
This week we sit down and discuss the World Fantasy Awards, the Life Achievement Award, and quite a lot more. Another old-fashioned ramble for the Coode Street Archives.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume NineÂ (Solaris) is due out in shops today! It’ll be out in the UK in a week or so. I’m really happy with this book and hope you’ll consider taking a look at it.
TheÂ stories in the book are:
1. â€œTough Times All Overâ€, Joe Abercrombie
2. â€œThe Scrivenerâ€, Eleanor Arnason
3. â€œMoriabeâ€™s Childrenâ€, Paolo Bacigalupi
4. â€œCovenantâ€, Elizabeth Bear
5. â€œSlippingâ€, Lauren Beukes
6. â€œTen Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)â€, Holly Black
7. â€œShadow Flockâ€, Greg Egan
8. â€œThe Truth About Owlsâ€, Amal El-Mohtar
9. â€œCimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropologyâ€, Theodora Goss
10. â€œCold Windâ€, Nicola Griffith
11. â€œSomedayâ€, James Patrick Kelly
12. â€œInterstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No.8)â€, Caitlin R Kiernan
13. â€œMothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifyingâ€, Alice Sola Kim
14. â€œAmicae Aeternumâ€, Ellen Klages
15. â€œCalligo Laneâ€, Ellen Klages
16. â€œThe Lady and the Foxâ€, Kelly Link
17. â€œThe Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATIONâ€, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009â€, Ken Liu
18. â€œThe Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Familyâ€, Usman T Mailk
19. â€œFour Days of Christmasâ€, Tim Maughan
20. â€œThe Fifth Dragonâ€, Ian McDonald
21. â€œShay Corsham Worstedâ€, Garth Nix
22. â€œI Met a Man Who Wasnâ€™t Thereâ€, K. J. Parker
23. â€œKheldyuâ€, Karl Schroeder
24. â€œTawny Petticoatsâ€, Michael Swanwick
25. â€œGrand JetÃ© (The Great Leap)â€, Rachel Swirsky
26. â€œThe Insects of Loveâ€, Genevieve Valentine
27. â€œCollateralâ€, Peter Watts
28. â€œThe Devil in Americaâ€, Kai Ashante Wilson
I think it’s a terrific lineup, Â and makes for a great book.
Where can you buy it?
Glad you asked. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, these fine retail outlets should have it:
- Barnes and Noble
- Book Depository
- Amazon UK | Amazon USÂ } Amazon Australia
- Angus & Robertson
I also would encourage you to try your local independents. My own two favourites here in Perth are:
but there are great retailers everywhere, like Borderlands in San Francisco, Pulp Fiction in Brisbane, Slow Glass in Melbourne, all of whom would be happy to help you out.
If you do pick up the book, I hope you enjoy it.
This week we are joined by the Hugo and Nebula Award winning Paolo Bacigalupi, who is just about to publish his first science fiction novel for adults since 2009s The Windup Girl.
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel â€œcutsâ€ water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust.When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each otherâ€™s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.