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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 09:41 pm:   

Hi all-

As contract negotiations have now been finalised I can announce that Charles Brown and I will co-edit THE LOCUS AWARDS: THE BEST OF 30 YEARS OF SF for Stephanie Smith of HarperCollins Australia and Diana Gill of HarperEos in the US. The book will contain a selection of the best stories to have won the Locus Award, as selected by Charles and I. The book is due to be delivered in late November with an estimated July '04 publication here and in the US.

I am, as they say, pretty chuffed.

Jonathan
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 09:44 pm:   

Oh, and you can play too. Below is a list of the Locus Award winners from 1972 to the present day. I'd love to hear anyone's recommendations on stories that really should make the final volume. I'm running around now checking word lengths, looking to balance etc, but anyone's feedback would be welcome.

Best
J

1. Anderson, Poul, “The Queen of Air and Darkness”
2. Asimov, Isaac, “Robot Dreams”
3. Asimov, Isaac, “The Bicentennial Man”
4. Baxter, Stephen, “Huddle”
5. Bishop, Michael, “Her Habiline Husband”
6. Bishop, Michael, “The Samurai and the Willows”
7. Bisson, Terry, “Bears Discover Fire”
8. Bisson, Terry, “macs”
9. Brin, David, “Thor Meets Captain America”
10. Butler, Octavia E., “Bloodchild”
11. Cadigan, Pat, “Angel”
12. Card, Orson Scott, “Dogwalker”
13. Card, Orson Scott, “Lost Boys”
14. Chiang, Ted, “Hell Is the Absence of God”
15. Crowley, John, “Gone”
16. Disch, Thomas M., “The Brave Little Toaster”
17. Egan, Greg, “Border Guards”
18. Egan, Greg, “Oceanic”
19. Egan, Greg, “The Planck Dive”
20. Ellison, Harlan, “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13 W”
21. Ellison, Harlan, “Basilisk”
22. Ellison, Harlan, “Count the Clock that Tells the Time”
23. Ellison, Harlan, “Croatoan”
24. Ellison, Harlan, “Djinn, No Chaser”
25. Ellison, Harlan, “Eidolons”
26. Ellison, Harlan, “Jeffty Is Five”
27. Ellison, Harlan, “Mefisto in Onyx”
28. Ellison, Harlan, “Paladin of the Lost Hour”
29. Ellison, Harlan, “The Deathbird”
30. Ellison, Harlan, “The Function of Dream Sleep”
31. Ellison, Harlan, “The Region Between”
32. Ellison, Harlan, “With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole”
33. Gerrold, David, “The Martian Child”
34. Haldeman, Joe, “None So Blind”
35. Haldeman, Joe, “Tricentennial”
36. Kelly, James Patrick, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
37. Kessel, John, “Buffalo”
38. Le Guin, Ursula K., “Forgiveness Day”
39. Le Guin, Ursula K., “Mountain Ways”
40. Le Guin, Ursula K., “Sur”
41. Le Guin, Ursula K., “The Birthday of the World”
42. Le Guin, Ursula K., “The Bones of the Earth”
43. Le Guin, Ursula K., “The Day Before the Revolution”
44. Le Guin, Ursula K., “The Finder”
45. Le Guin, Ursula K., “The New Atlantis”
46. Longyear, Barry B., “Enemy Mine”
47. Martin, George R.R., “Guardians”
48. Martin, George R.R., “Nightflyers”
49. Martin, George R.R., “Sandkings”
50. Martin, George R.R., “The Monkey Treatment”
51. Martin, George R.R., “The Way of Cross and Dragon”
52. McHugh, Maureen F., “The Lincoln Train”
53. Murphy, Pat, “Rachel in Love”
54. Niven, Larry, “The Missing Mass”
55. Pohl, Frederik, “The Gold at the Starbow's End”
56. Resnick, Mike, “When the Old Gods Die”
57. Robinson, Kim Stanley, “A Short, Sharp Shock”
58. Robinson, Spider & Jeanne, “Stardance”
59. Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, “The Gallery of His Dreams”
60. Russ, Joanna, “Souls”
61. Sargent, Pamela, “Danny Goes to Mars”
62. Shepard, Lucius, “Barnacle Bill the Spacer”
63. Shepard, Lucius, “R&R”
64. Shepard, Lucius, “Radiant Green Star”
65. Shepard, Lucius, “Salvador”
66. Shepard, Lucius, “The Father of Stones”
67. Shepard, Lucius, “The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter”
68. Silverberg, Robert, “Born with the Dead”
69. Silverberg, Robert, “The Secret Sharer”
70. Simak, Clifford D., “Grotto of the Dancing Deer”
71. Simmons, Dan, “All Dracula's Children”
72. Simmons, Dan, “Death in Bangkok”
73. Simmons, Dan, “Entropy's Bed at Midnight”
74. Simmons, Dan, “Orphans of the Helix”
75. Steele, Allen, “…Where Angels Fear to Tread”
76. Sterling, Bruce, “Maneki Neko”
77. Sterling, Bruce, “Taklamakan”
78. Tiptree Jr, James, “Beyond the Dead Reef”
79. Tiptree Jr, James, “The Only Neat Thing to Do”
80. Tuttle, Lisa, & George R.R. Martin, “The Storms of Windhaven”
81. Varley, John, “Blue Champagne”
82. Varley, John, “PRESS ENTER [ ]”
83. Varley, John, “The Barbie Murders”
84. Varley, John, “The Persistence of Vision”
85. Varley, John, “The Pusher”
86. Willis, Connie, “Bellwether”
87. Willis, Connie, “Close Encounter”
88. Willis, Connie, “Even the Queen”
89. Willis, Connie, “Newsletter”
90. Willis, Connie, “Remake”
91. Wolfe, Gene, “The Death of Doctor Island”
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 10:06 pm:   

Well, seeing as how 13 of the 91 listed stories are by Harlan Ellison, you should probably include something by him. :-) "The Region Between" is perhaps my favourite, but I recognize that it may not be feasible to reprint a story with that sort of formatting -- perhaps "Adrift..."? Any of them, really.

Ditto the Tiptree. She should be in there for sure, I think, because she gets less exposure nowadays than a lot of the other authors on the list.
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 11:41 am:   

Sadly, I think I've only read a third to half of the above stories: My initial response to the list is that the following stories(in no particular order) are the ones I have the best memories of.

Ellison, Harlan, “Mefisto in Onyx”
Bisson, Terry, “Bears Discover Fire”
Shepard, Lucius, “R&R”
Simmons, Dan, “Death in Bangkok”
Varley, John, “The Persistence of Vision”
Murphy, Pat, “Rachel in Love”
Willis, Connie, “Bellwether”

As a side note, there seems to be a number of stories on this list from Omni... Another monument to the excellent editorial taste of Ellen Datlow. :-)
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Ellen
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 01:55 pm:   

Jeremy, you're very kind, but in fact only four stories were published in OMNI (and two were bought by Ben Bova). However, I _do_ think there are many many OMNI stories that SHOULD have won but didn't.
eg. There's NOTHING by William Gibson.
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 04:15 pm:   

Honestly Ellen, 4 out of the 90 odd stories seems to be pretty good percentage, given the number of short fiction venues they are pulled from. Though perhaps I am being totally myopic and not recognizing that just as many may have come from Asimov's, or F&FS. Perhaps I should do some research before I stick both feet in my mouth. :-)
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 03:40 am:   

Jonathan:
--I look forward to seeing this book.
Here are my picks:

Bishop, Michael, “Her Habiline Husband”
Bisson, Terry, “Bears Discover Fire”
Butler, Octavia E., “Bloodchild”
Cadigan, Pat, “Angel”
Chiang, Ted, “Hell Is the Absence of God”
Murphy, Pat, “Rachel in Love”
Shepard, Lucius, “Salvador”
Shepard, Lucius, “The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter”
Silverberg, Robert, “Born with the Dead”
Tiptree Jr, James, “The Only Neat Thing to Do”
Varley, John, “The Pusher”
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 04:55 am:   

Hey all

Thanks for your thoughts on the book. I'm currently sifting through various story possibilities, along with my co-editor, and there are a number of pretty obvious problems. Because of length, we can only run two novellas (tops), but some of the best work to choose from is at that length. Also, because of length, we can't run as many stories as we'd like, but need as much variety as possible. It's a balancing act.

Jamie: The selection of an Ellison story is tricky. He won 13 times, but we're only going to run one. While I like "Region Between", I've always had a soft spot for "Palladin".

Jeremy: I'm interested in the stories you mention. I think the Shepard (from Asimov's) is a stone-cold classic. I've always like the Bisson and the Murphy stories you mention, and the Varley is fine (though he doesn't re-read as well as he might [see PRESS ENTER]). The Willis is wonderful, though far too long, and I don't mind the Simmons. As for MEFISTO - I've always thought it very overrated, a case where Ellison the invidual managed to persuade the world he'd achieved more than he had. Still...

Ellen: You actually touch on a problem we have to live with. The winners are voted on by the readership, and we are limited to a subset of winners. I'd love to be able to run some Gibson, and have no idea why the OMNI era Gibson stories didn't win piles of awards. Certainly, OMNI ran a lot of fine fiction that never quite got the attention it deserved.

Claude: Interesting picks, and many thanks for the input. Some of the pieces you like are very long, given the book we have to put together, but I agree with a lot of your choices.

Once again, everyone, thanks for your suggestions. Hopefully, when the book is finalised, it will live up to what we hope it can be.

Best
Jonathan
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 10:21 pm:   

Hi all. Well, I should be able to publish the full toc here shortly. We've got a final list, and most of the stories are contracted. The moment that's done, I'll get it here. You can, of course, now order the book over at amazon.com. I think it's a strong book, and I'm very happy with it.

Jonathan
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 05:33 pm:   

Well, we're slowly getting to completion. I've just delivered the ms. of The Locus Awards to the publisher, and all that's left to do is finalise a couple things re: intros and receive the signed copies of contracts. The book will be out in July next year, pretty much simultaneously from HarperVoyager in Australia and HarperEos in the US. It will have a cover by multiple Locus award winner Michael Whelan, and will feature eighteen stories totalling 200,000 words of fiction, including:

Butler, Octavia E., “Bloodchild”
Chiang, Ted, “Hell is the Absence of God”
Gaiman, Neil, “October in the Chair”
Kessel, John, “Buffalo”
Le Guin, Ursula K., “The Day Before the Revolution”
Martin, George R.R., “The Way of Cross and Dragon”
Shepard, Lucius, “The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter”
Sterling, Bruce, “Maneki Neko”
Tiptree Jr., James, “The Only Neat Thing To Do”
Varley, John, “The Persistence of Vision”
Willis, Connie, “Even the Queen”
Wolfe, Gene, “The Death of Doctor Island”

I'll put the full toc here when we have the last contracts in. Oh, and it looks like I just sold another anthology - a year's best novellas book - to be published next year. Busy times.

J
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 11:52 am:   

Hey, Conga Rats on the novella anthology, Jonathan....You're getting to be the Antho king, man.
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 03:40 pm:   

Many thanks, Lucius. I have to be careful though - don't want to become Roger Elwood <g>

J

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