The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 11): “Peak Short” with Guest Hoarseman Jonathan Strahan

As the blazing eye of summer fixates on the Northern Hemisphere, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson call upon a special guest FROM THE FUTURE! From the wintry land of Australia, Locus Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan rides over from Coode Street to discuss SFF anthology creation, “peak short story,” and the publishing environment for short fiction past, present, and future!

Also: Can you really can claim to have “nothing to read” given the several dozen sources of periodical fiction (and hundreds of anthologies) that we have access to these days? Unlike the Dawn of Time when the Hoarsemen were young and had to walk twelve miles, uphill, both ways, in the snow, to buy magazine fiction…

Finally, we once again attempt to separate money from your wallet with all of the titles that we’ve read since the last show. Comics! Books! Roleplaying games! Heavens, we’re even spreading it out to our families.

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

  1. Reach For Infinity Edited by Jonathan Strahan
  2. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eight Edited by Jonathan Strahan
  3. The Starry Rift Edited by Jonathan Strahan
  1. Greg Egan (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Karen Burnham
  2. Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Guest-edited by Christie Yant
  3. Space Opera Edited by Rich Horton
  1. The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to Laird Barron Edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steel
  2. The Future is Japanese Edited by Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington
  3. Twelve Tomorrows Edited by David Rotman
  1. Echopraxia by Peter Watts
  2. ARC: Volume 1
  3. The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1 by Kameron Hurley

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5 thoughts on “The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 11): “Peak Short” with Guest Hoarseman Jonathan Strahan”

  1. I have to say I have a soft spot for Lin Carter’s anthologies, warts and all — the Ballantine Adult Fantasy ones, of course, but my personal favorites may be Kingdoms of Sorcery/Realms of Wizardry, which introduced me to Rider Haggard and A. Merritt, amongst others. I also have fond memories of Brian Aldiss’ Space Opera and Galactic Empires from back in the day.

  2. Was gonna mention Galactic Empires, as well as 1975s EPOCH edited by Silverberg and Elwood, which featured an early AA Attanasio story as well as Lafferty, John Shirley, Neal Barrett Jr, Russ, Niven, Simak, Vance and others. I read it in 78 I think. An excellent snapshot of the industry at the time.

    1. Also an early example of a themed anthology I remember reading: Fantasia Mathematica, edited by Clifton Fadiman (I think).

  3. I reread Saga, because it’s hard to find anything else I like as much. Not that it takes long. I checked out the beginning of Brian K. Vaughan’s (same author) old Swamp Thing run, but it seemed like he was doing an Alan Moore impression.

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