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Month: August 2015

The Hugo Ballot we should have had

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Categories: Awards

I was going to do this myself, but rush-that-speaks has done it for me. This is what the Hugo ballot would have looked like without the Sad and Rabid Puppies slates. The Hugo ballot we should have had. Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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Comments on the Hugo Awards

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For those who like number crunching, the Hugo voting stats are here. Speaking personally, the results are way better than I’d feared, not quite as good as I’d hoped. I’ve seen ecstatic responses on the lines of “fandom defeats the puppies”. I’ve also seen puppies supporters claiming this was what they intended all along, so […]

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Hugo Results

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Categories: Awards

So the votes are in, and it was a bad day for the Puppies. Here are the winners: Best Novel The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (trans Ken Liu) This only made the shortlist because Marko Kloos, who was on the original Puppies slate, withdrew. Best Novella No Award Best Novelette “The Day the […]

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Elsewhere

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Categories: Links

First of all, congratulations to Helsinki on winning the 2017 Worldcon. A great choice, and I look forward to seeing a lot of you there. Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings and translator of Cixin Liu’s Hugo-shortlisted novel The Three Body Problem is interviewed in the New York Times. Kim Stanley Robinson, whose new novel Aurora is getting […]

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Best Science Fiction Books by Brian Aldiss

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Categories: People

Brian Aldiss has just turned 90. To celebrate the fact, The Friday Project is bringing out The Complete Short Stories, which has to be one of the must-have publishing ventures of the decade. Let’s face it, Aldiss was one of the most innovative short story writers the genre has ever seen. Not everything will be to […]

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The A-Z of Female SF Writers (Best of Female Science Fiction): A

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Quite a number of the mainstream writers who have also written sf seem to come at the beginning of the alphabet. There’s Margaret Atwood, of course (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam) and if you love stories that twist time, why haven’t you already read Life After Life by Kate […]

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Great Science Fiction Books by Robert Conquest

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“SF’s no good,” they bellow till we’re deaf. “But this looks good.” — “Well then, its not sf.” Those lines appeared in a 1962 anthology called Spectrum 2. They were written by Robert Conquest, who co-edited the anthology with Kingsley Amis. Conquest, who died on Monday, 3rd August, aged 98, co-edited five Spectrum anthologies with Amis. They […]

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Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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HarperCollins HC (2015), Cover by Johnathan Knowles   Rarely is a disaster novel written with the kind of flair and attention to detail as this latest offering by Neal Stephenson. Stranger still is how a narrative on the near extinction of the human race after a mysterious apocalyptic event can be leavened with the kind of […]

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