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Month: February 2016

SF Books About ‘Generation Shelters’

by Paul

Categories: Books

In one of those coincidences that could be very revealing, or completely irrelevant, I’ve been reading a fair bit recently about nuclear panic. During the Second World War, the British government organized what were called Anderson Shelters, prefabricated air raid shelters that could be set up in your back garden. They wouldn’t offer much protection […]

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Book Review: Lightless by C. A. Higgins

by Boreas

Del Rey (Sept, 2015), Cover by David G. Stevenson   Caitlin A. Higgins’ ‘hard sf’ Lightless (2015) is a solid, first novel that engrosses from the get-go. It balances scientific speculation with developed main characters in a tense, claustrophobic and psychologically thrilling drama. Whilst Higgins covers familiar ground in her exploration of SFnal themes, she does so […]

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Kitschies Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Right now, it seems that every time you turn around another award has announced its shortlist. This time it’s the Kitschies, which are presented for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic. Red Tentacle (Novel) The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury) Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) […]

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Aurealis Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And the awards are coming thick and fast now. The shortlists for Australia’s Aurealis Awards have been announced. These awards have separate categories for horror, fantasy, children’s fiction and science fiction. You can see the full lists here. But for now, these are the shortlists for the science fiction categories: BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Crossed, […]

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Nebula Awards Shortlists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The shortlists for this year’s Nebula Awards have now been announced. They are: Best Novel Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence […]

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The Best Science Fiction by C.J. Cherryh ‘Grand Master of Science Fiction’

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) has announced that C.J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Grand Master Award is a lifetime honour presented annually at the Nebula Awards banquet in May. The award […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but there continue to be fascinating things that appear out there, so I thought I’d link to a few of them. To start with, let’s really go elsewhere: NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have produced travel posters advertising the delights of a trip through […]

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Compton Cook Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

As the Awards season gathers pace, the shortlist has been announced for the Compton Cook Award. The Award (named after the writer who published under the pen name Stephen Tall) is given annually by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to the best First Novel of the year. This year’s shortlist is: 5 to 1 by […]

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Exploring Posthumanity in Science Fiction

by Paul

Categories: Books

So, I’ve just done a list of best posthuman sf for the main site. This was my introduction: In 1859, prompted by the similar ideas being developed by Alfred Russell Wallace, Charles Darwin finally published On the Origin of Species, perhaps the most revolutionary book in the history of modern civilisation. The notion of evolution […]

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Book Review: Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

by Boreas

Baen (Jan, 2016), Cover by Kurt Miller   Whilst the plot of Eric James Stone’s Unforgettable (2016) might sound like a cliché one is liable to find in any old espionage novel with a gimmicky hook to reel the reader in, it works, and it works wonderfully. The conceit, that a man is completely forgettable […]

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