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Month: April 2016

Clarke Award Shortlist announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

After the dramas of yesterday’s Hugo shortlists, we come to the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and this year’s shortlist has now been announced. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor Arcadia by Iain Pears Way Down Dark by […]

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Retro-Hugos for 1941

by Paul

Categories: Awards

On a happier note, there is one set of Hugos that are Puppy-free. The shortlists for the Retro Hugos for 1941 were announced at the same time as the main awards. The list is as follows: BEST NOVEL Kallocain by Karin Boye (Bonnier) Gray Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940) Slan by […]

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The Hugos and the Puppies, again

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Well, it seems that the invidious influence of the Sad and Rabid Puppies was rather more extensive than I thought. This analysis at File 770 shows that, in the Best Novel category, for instance, only The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin did not feature in either of the Puppies lists. Indeed, if you do not want […]

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Hugo Shortlist announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Okay, I got it wrong. I thought the influence of the Puppies was going to be noticeably less this year. Well, it was in the categories that commonly attract the most nominations, but they still managed a big presence in the smaller categories, including completely stuffing a couple of the lists. If I were a […]

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The Water Knife Review by Paolo Bacigalupi

by Paul

I think the world is big, and we broke it. On Sunday, April 14th 1935, a dust storm swept across Oklahoma and parts of Texas. Known as “Black Sunday”, it is estimated that the storm displaced 300 million tons of topsoil. It was in a newspaper description of this event that the term “Dust Bowl” […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Lists

African science fiction and Afrofuturism (not actually the same thing) have become big recently, and I’ve noticed several fascinating posts that it’s worth sharing. To start with, to celebrate the launch of AfroSF volume 2 edited by Ivor Hartmann, here’s a discussion involving Tade Thompson author of Making Wolf and Nick Wood author of Azanian Bridges. Then Literary […]

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Best Science Fiction Books by Underated SF Author Carol Emshwiller

by Paul

Carol Emshwiller has just turned 95. Which probably makes her the oldest living science fiction writer. So it’s time to celebrate some of her very best work. Carol Emshwiller’s first story appeared in 1955, and her most recent collection of stories appeared as recently as 2011, that’s a hell of a long career for someone […]

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Sturgeon Award Finalists announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award is presented for the best science fiction short story of the year. This year’s shortlist consists of: “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead” by Brooke Bolander. Lightspeed, Feb 2015. “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred” by Greg Egan. Asimov’s, Dec 2015. “The New Mother” by Eugene […]

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Aurora, Prometheus & Dragon Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And still the awards keep coming. Over the last few days we’ve had the shortlists for the Aurora and Prometheus Awards announced, and a brand new award launched. The Aurora Awards are for the best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015. There are too many categories to list them all here, so you should […]

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Tiptree Award Winners announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The jury for the James Tiptree Jr Award, which encourages the exploration and expansion of gender in science fiction, have chosen joint winners for the award this year. The winners are: Eugene Fischer, “The New Mother” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2015) and Pat Schmatz, Lizard Radio (Candlewick, 2015) Of Eugene Fischer’s story, the jury said: […]

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