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Month: March 2016

Ditmar Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Australia has two major science fiction awards. The Aurealis Award winners were announced a few days ago, now it’s the turn of the Ditmars, which are voted on by members of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention. The winners were: Best Novel Lament for the Afterlife – Lisa L. Hannett Best Novella or Novelette “Of Sorrow […]

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5 Science Fiction Books about Immortals

by Paul

Categories: Books

Reading Claire North’s Touch, I was struck that here was yet another variation on a theme we find throughout science fiction: the avoidance of death. Throughout the history of science fiction there have been a whole stream of fascinating characters who somehow manage not to die. These are some of my favourites. Jumbo Hank Clerval Brittle […]

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BSFA Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Second of the weekend’s awards was the BSFA Award. The winners were: Best Novel The House of Shattered Wings – Aliette de Bodard Best Short Story “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”- Aliette de Bodard Best Non-Fiction Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 – Adam Roberts Best Artwork Cover of Pelquin’s Comet – Jim Burns A rare double for Aliette de Bodard. Keith Roberts once won for best short story and best artwork in the same year, but I’m not sure that anyone else has done best novel and […]

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Philip K. Dick Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Two sets of awards have announced their winners over the weekend. First is the Philip K. Dick Award. The winner of the award for paperback original is: Apex by Ramez Naam In addition, a Special Citation was given to: Archangel by Marguerite Reed

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Aurealis Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Aurealis Awards for Australia’s best science fiction, fantasy and horror writers have been announced. The science fiction winners are: Best Science Fiction Novel: Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) Best Science Fiction Novella: “By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers”, Garth Nix (Old Venus, Random House) Best Science Fiction Short […]

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Return of the Puppies

by Paul

Categories: Awards

As the deadline approaches for this year’s Hugo Award nominations, the Sad Puppies have once more stirred themselves. But this year, things are different. In what is, I am sure, an attempt to step away from the toxic brand they had become, they have not produced a slate, but rather a list of recommendations. In […]

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Book Review: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

by Paul

Algorithms. A few years ago, most of us who aren’t mathematicians or computer geeks would probably not have heard of the word. Nowadays they control our online existence. On Amazon, it’s algorithms that tell us what we should read next; on Spotify, they tell us what to listen to next; on dating sites, they tell […]

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Book Review: The Fold by Peter Clines

by Paul

There is a lot of overlap between crime novels and science fiction. Both often depend on solving a mystery for their basic plot. The main difference is that in crime fiction the mystery tends to be epistemological (what is true? what do we know?) while in science fiction the mystery tends to be ontological (what […]

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3 Must Read Science Fiction Books from 2015

by Paul

Okay, there was so much good stuff published during 2015 that if we were to give each one a detailed review, we’d be here forever. So, we’re going to start with capsule reviews of books you really ought to look out for. So let’s start with the latest novels from Nnedi Okorafor, Paul McAuley and […]

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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir (AKA ‘The Martian Crusoe’)

by Paul

Categories: Books

So I have finally seen the film of The Martian (based on the novel by Andy Weir). I know, I know, I’m a year behind everyone else, but hey, I got there in the end. I am still not convinced by the story. I’m not sure that the atmosphere on Mars is dense enough to sustain […]

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