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Awards eligibility – 2022

2022 was a year when I edited two original anthologies, five novellas published by Tordocom, eight of’s short stories, and acted as reviews editor for Locus for the 20th consecutive year.

As a podcaster, we managed a total of 50 episodes, including the Coode Street Advent Calendar, which was fun.

Fiction edited in 2022




  • After the Storm, James Bradley (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • Of All the New Yorks in All the Worlds, Indrapramit Das (
  • Victory Citrus Is Sweet, Thoraiya Dyer (
  • When the Tide Rises, Sarah Gailey (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • Once Upon a Future in the West, Daryl Gregory (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • The Place of all the Souls, Margo Lanagan (Someone in Time)
  • The Chronologist, Ian R. MacLeod (
  • Burning Books for Pleasure and Profit, K.J. Parker (
  • Do You Hear the Fungi Sing?, Chen Quifan (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • I Give You the Moon, Justina Robson (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • Seven Vampires: A Judge Dee Mystery, Lavie Tidhar (
  • Judge Dee and the Mystery of the Missing Manuscript, Lavie Tidhar (
  • The Difference Between Love and Time, Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time)

Short story

  • D.I.Y, John Wiswell (
  • The Lichens, Nina Allan (Someone in Time)
  • The Past Life Reconstruction Service, Zen Cho (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • Romance Historical, Rowan Coleman (Someone in Time)
  • Crisis Actors, Greg Egan (Someone in Time)
  • Drone Pirates of Silicon Valley, Meg Ellison (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • The Golden Hour, Jeffrey Ford (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • I Remember Satellites, Sarah Gailey (Someone in Time)
  • A Letter to Merlin, Theodora Goss (Someone in Time)
  • Roadside Attraction, Alix E. Harrow (Someone in Time)
  • The Ferryman, Saad Z. Hossain (Someone in Time)
  • Bergamot and Vetiver, Lavanya Lakshminarayan (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • First Aid, Seanan McGuire (Someone in Time)
  • Unbashed, or: Jackson, Whose Cowardice Tore a Hole in the Chronoverse, Sam Miller (Someone in Time)
  • Choke, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Someone in Time)
  • Legion, Malka Older (
  • Timed Obsolescence, Sameem Sadiqui (Tomorrow’s Parties)
  • Down and Out in Exile Park, Tade Thompson (Someone in Time)
  • Dead Poets, Carrie Vaughn Carrie Vaughn (Someone in Time)

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

Best Fancast/Podcast

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

Uneven distribution

The future is not evenly distributed. I’m no longer surprised that when Gary Wolfe and I try to talk to people for the podcast they simply don’t have the internet connectivity to record as we usually do.

Landline recording is always a bit fiddly, and just became fiddlier because the Skype add-on (Call Recorder) I used for many years to record the podcast is not compatible with Macs using Apple silicon. Which means it’s lucky I haven’t re-homed the old MacBook yet, but this next episode (to a distant Welsh valley, I believe) will likely be one of the last to a landline.

First book of the year…

The Sinister Booksellers of BathGarth Nix’s 2021 novel The Left-Handed Booksellers of London was a delight in a challenging year, a compelling tale of mythic Britain filled with terrible danger and the intriguing magic of the eponymous  booksellers. Although it was far more than that, it felt like comfort food right when you needed it most.

This coming May Susan Arkshaw, Merlin, and the booksellers return in The Sinister Booksellers of Bath, this time for an adventure set in Bath that sees Susan (again) in great peril faced by mysterious machinations of the Ancient Sovereigns, and the growing pull of her own heritage. There’s magic, intrigue, lemon drizzle cake, and, just perhaps, hints of the next big change in Susan’s life.

I don’t know if there’ll be a next book in the series, but I hope so.


Top 5 Christmas songs

I am ridiculously sentimental and have a real weakness for silly and romantic things. Christmas has always been a favourite time of the year, even though it only seems to become more stressful and complicated with time. One thing I really love is a good Christmas song, and so I thought that since this is my blog and these are days of self-indulgence, I would repeat my list of my Top 5 Christmas Songs, which is unchanged since I first posted it back in 2009.

Because I’m older many of these are a little melancholy, but they’re all ones I’ve come to love.

1. Fairy Tale of New York, The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

This one’s the gold standard in indy Christmas songs. MacColl and McGowan are perfect, even if the story they tell is a sad one.

2. How to Make Gravy, Paul Kelly

Another sad Christmas song. A man calling from prison to make contact with his family. Probably my favourite Australian Christmas song ever.

3. White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin

Though this one is a close runner-up. The image of the family drinking white wine in the sun is one that resonates when you live in a place where Christmas Day itself is often blisteringly hot.

4. Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon and Yoko Ono

One of the first great rock/pop Xmas songs, and a Lennon song I like better than “Imagine” these days.

5. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen and the (mighty mighty) E Street Band

But most great Xmas songs aren’t sad. Every now and then you have to turn to the hard-rockin’ E Street Band to kick out the jams and party at year’s end.

Episode 620: A Very Coode Street Advent Bonus: M. Rickert

luckygirl.jpegThere’s Christmas and then there’s Krampus. Here at Coode Street, there’s nothing quite like a little bit more, and as a very special holiday bonus Gary sat down with the wonderful M. Rickert to talk about what she’d been reading, what she’d recommend, and her fabulous Krampus tale, Lucky Girl, one of our favourites and perfect for a cold, winter’s night.

As always, our thanks to Mary and hope you enjoy the episode.