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Month: September 2015

Book Review: The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

by Boreas

  The Player of Games (1988) is the second instalment in Iain M. Banks’ set of books depicting the fabulously super-advanced, anarcho-socialist civilization that is the Culture series. Continuing on the heels of Consider Phlebas, which introduced the Culture to the public from a wholly outside perspective, The Player of Games follows instead an individual […]

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Book Review: Time and Again by Jack Finney

by Paul

I’ve been enjoying William Boyd’s rather wonderful new novel, Sweet Caress. It’s the story of a woman photographer from the 1920s to the 1970s, and the trick it pulls is to insert found photographs into the text as though they were his heroine’s pictures. As soon as I discovered this, my immediate response was: good grief, […]

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Book Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

by Boreas

Bantam Spectra (Jul, 1992), Cover by Tim Jacobus   The Domesday Book was the first comprehensive survey ordained by William the Bastard after his conquering of England in the eleventh century. It was an extremely invaluable resource for historians and economists and so very comprehensive that nothing like it was ever attempted again until the […]

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Best Science Fiction Novels of 2014

by Paul

Categories: Awards

We’ve already given our idea of the best novels of the year on the main site, but we drew that list up well before any of the year’s awards were announced. So how do our choices compare with what the voters and juries for the various awards decided? Well, we’ve gone through the results, given 1 […]

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Best Science Fiction Books about Maps (Yes, Maps!)

by Paul

Categories: Books

Reading Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson’s superb sequel to Europe in Autumn (which was shortlisted for the Clarke Award, the BSFA Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and which should, in my opinion, have won at least one of them), I realised that the new novel has its basis in a story I first read […]

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