Archive for December 2016

While it is possible that between now and the end of the month (when I deliver the final manuscript) that I may sneak one more story in, here is what should be the final table of contents for THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR: VOLUME 11, due from Solaris Books in April (with a spiffy cover by Domenic Harman). Congrats to one an all. I only wish I could have snuck more in - there were some terrific novellas that deserved to make the cut. Next year!

  • “Two's Company”, Joe Abercrombie (Sharp Ends)
  • “The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (Tor.com)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit wood)
  • “Mika Model”, Paolo Bacigalupi (Slate)
  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 01/03/16)
  • “Laws of Night and Silk”, Seth Dickinson (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 26 May 2016)
  • “Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 115, 4/16)
  • “Red as Blood and White as Bone”, Theodora Goss (Tor.com)
  • “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious”, Daryl Gregory (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Number Nine Moon”, Alex Irvine (F&SF, 1/16)
  • “Red Dirt Witch”, N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy/PoC Destroy Fantasy)
  • “Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest 125, 7/16)
  • “Successor, Usurper, Replacement”, Alice Sola Kim (Buzzfeed, 10/26/16)
  • “You Make Pattaya”, Rich Larson (Interzone 247)
  • “Foxfire Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2016)
  • “Seven Birthdays”, Ken Liu (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Visitor from Taured”, Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov's, 9/16)
  • “Elves of Antarctica”, Paul McAuley (Drowned Worlds)
  • “Things with Beards”, Sam J Miller (Clarkesworld 117, 6/16)
  • “Spinning Silver”, Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Those Shadows Laugh”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF, 9-10/16)
  • “The Great Detective”, Delia Sherman (Tor.com)
  • “Terminal”, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, 04/16)
  • “The Future is Blue”, Catherynne M Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • “Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home”, Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay “, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 10, 5-6/16)
  • “Fable”, Charles Yu (The New Yorker, 5/30/16)
  • “The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight”, E Lily Yu (Uncanny 12)

 Now off to write the introduction to the book and assemble the Recommended Reading for the back of the book!

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The end of the year is upon us, and plans are subject to change. Our intention to do a bunch of end-of-the year episodes has been set aside because of deadlines and other commitments. Instead here’s a conversation about the history of the podcast, about our most disappointing and surprising books of 2016, and much more.

During the episode we discuss the hiatus, and whether we’ll be returning in 2017 or not. The jury remains out on that, but there’ll be at least one more episode in January. Who knows beyond that? We’ll have to wait and see. Our sincere thanks to everyone who’s been a part of Coode Street this year and in previous years, and our sincerest holiday good wishes to one and all!

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It’s the end of the year and time to talk about how it went, what’s worth reading, what could end up on your holiday gift lists, and what could be avoided. To kick off Coode Street’s end of year coverage, this week Roundtablers James Bradley and Ian Mond join Gary and Jonathan to discuss books they’ve loved during the year and would recommend to you, if you’re looking for some great reading.

To help you chase down the books, our lists are below:

James’s List

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • Hold, Kirsten Tranter
  • Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Vision, Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Mike de Mundo
  • Barkskins, Annie Proulx
  • Goldenhand, Garth Nix
  • Into Everywhere, Paul McAuley
  • Company Town, Madeleine Ashby
  • Children of the New World, Alexander Weinstein
  • Version Control, Dexter Palmer
  • Europe in Winter, Dave Hutchinson

Ian’s List

  • Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North
  • Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff
  • Vigil, Angela Slatter
  • I Am Providence, Nick Mamatas
  • My Best Friend's Exorcism, Grady Hendrix
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
  • Martin John, Anakana Schofield
  • Solar Bones, Mike McCormack
  • The Obelisk Gate, N K Jemisin

Jonathan’s List

  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds
  • Goldenhand, Garth Nix
  • Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Bloom County XII: A New Hope, Berkeley Breathed
  • Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff

Gary’s List

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds
  • Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar
  • The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson
  • The Gradual, Christoper Priest
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle

As always, our thanks to James and Ian, and we hope you enjoy the episode.

 

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