Awards Eligibility – 2020

It’s the end of the year and various awards will be open for nominations and so on soon. There is a lot of wonderful fiction out there and, having been busy during 2020, I’ve been lucky enough to help what I think are some really excellent works of fiction that I think are worthy of your consideration.

It was a year when I edited three new anthologies, one novel and three novellas for Publishing, four stories for, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 18th consecutive year.

As a podcaster, I think 2020 was in some ways a whole new thing. Depending on how you look at it, Gary K. Wolfe and I produced and hosted either 178 episodes of The Coode Street Podcast, or we produced 26 episodes of Coode Street and  152 episodes of a new short podcast, Ten Minutes with…” I prefer to see it as the latter.

Fiction edited in 2020


As a guide, fiction in Made to Order is science fiction, the fiction in The Book of Dragons is science fiction and fantasy, and are relevant for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. The novellas range from science fiction to weird  fantasy.




  • Lucky’s Dragon, Kelly Barnhill (The Book of Dragons)
    Where the River Turns to Concrete, Brooke Bolander (The Book of Dragons)
  • The Long Walk, Kate Elliott (The Book of Dragons)
  • Brother Rifle, Daryl Gregory (Made to Order)
  • Pox, Ellen Klages (The Book of Dragons)
  • A Whisper of Blue, Ken Liu  (The Book of Dragons)
  • Idols, Ken Liu (Made to Order)
  • Maybe Just Go Up There And Talk To It, Scott Lynch (The Book of Dragons)
  • Cut me another quill, Mister Fitz, Garth Nix (The Book of Dragons)
  • Habitat, KJ Parker (The Book of Dragons)
  • Fairy Tales for Robots, Sofia Samatar  (Made to Order)

Short story

  • Yuli, Daniel Abraham (The Book of Dragons)
  • Except on Saturdays, Peter S. Beagle(The Book of Dragons)
  • A Glossary of Radicalization, Brooke Bolander (Made to Order)
  • Hikayat Sri Bujang, or, The Tale of The Naga Sage, Zen Cho(The Book of Dragons)
  • Dancing with Death, John Chu (Made to Order)
  • The Last Hunt, Aliette de Bodard(The Book of Dragons)
  • We Don’t Talk About the Dragon, Sarah Gailey(The Book of Dragons)
  • Sonnie’s Union, Peter F. Hamilton (Made to Order)
  • The Endless, Saad Z Hossein (Made to Order)
  • The Nine Curves River, R.F. Kuang(The Book of Dragons)
  • An Elephant Never Forgets, Rich Larson (Made to Order)
  • We Continue, Anne Leckie & Rachel Swirsky(The Book of Dragons)
  • Sin Eater, Ian R. Macleod (Made to Order)
  • Small Bird’s Plea, Todd McCaffrey(The Book of Dragons)
  • Hoard, Seanan McGuire (The Book of Dragons)
  • Camouflage, Patricia A McKillip(The Book of Dragons)
  • The Translator, Annalee Newitz (Made to Order)
  • The Hurt Pattern, Tochi Onyebuchi (Made to Order)
  • Chiaroscuro in Red, Suzanne Palmer (Made to Order)
  • Bigger Fish, Sarah Pinsker (Made to Order)
  • A Guide for Working Breeds, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Made to Order)
  • Polished Performance, Alastair Reynolds (Made to Order)

Editor, Short-Form (Hugos)/Professional Achievement (WFA)

  • Jonathan Strahan (Made to Order: Robots and Rebellion; The Book of Dragons; The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 1; Anthropocene Rag; Prosper’s Demons, The Tindalos Asset; The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water; stories;  Locus [reviews editor]

Best Fancast/Podcast

I hope you’ll consider supporting the talented people that I’ve worked with during the year.

Interruption to service

The whole being an editor thing means that you sort of work 365 days a year and 9-5 is a bit meaningless. That said, in the interests of sanity I will be clocking off at the end of the day on Wednesday 23 December and won’t be clocking back on until Monday 27 December 2020. During that time I won’t be answering editing emails, dealing with Locus work, or doing anything I should. I shall, instead, be enjoying the company of my family, reading some stuff for fun, and doing my best not to to think about either the day job or editing work.

Episode 540: The Last Official One for 2020

Since we’re as anxious as everyone else to finally escape 2020, this one is likely to be Jonathan and Gary’s final episode of the year, unless we think of something irresistible.

We start by reminding long-time listeners (or explaining to some for the first time) where the Coode Street name comes from, then honouring major figures we’ve lost in the last couple of weeks, including Ben Bova, Richard Corben, and Phyllis Eisenstein.

Then, as usual at this time of year, we reflect on some of the important and/or overlooked books we’ve read, the continually widening diversity of the field, some of the major works from major writers that appeared in 2020, and the most pleasant surprises of the year.

We wish you the best of holidays and hope to see you in 2021 when everything will be magically all better all at once. (Hey, we’re talking about SF here!)