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Month: May 2016

Defining the Jackaroo, Paul McAuley’s Enigmatic Alien

by Paul

Categories: Books

With the publication of Into Everywhere, the follow-up to last year’s Something Coming Through, Paul McAuley has produced the second of his novels about the alien Jackaroo. And I have to ask: are these the most enigmatic aliens to actually appear in a science fiction novel? Oh I know that we know even less about the aliens […]

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Whither the Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Now, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been no stranger to controversy. The very first award, to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, aroused a lot of dissent; dissent which was even louder a few years later when Body of Glass by Marge Piercy won. […]

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5 Best Science Fiction Books About Islands

by Paul

Categories: Lists

I was putting together a new list for the main site recently, on sf in translation, and I came to The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, which reminded me, inevitably, of The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells, and all at once I was thinking about islands in sf. Islands have been a feature […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

A few more gleanings from the riches of the web. Let’s start with some films. Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is one of the great science fiction films. Based on Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and with a screenplay by the Strugatsky brothers, it is an atmospheric and very creepy journey into a zone that […]

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Book Review: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

by Paul

Read a lot by Adam Roberts and the thing you notice is how much of his work is in conversation with other science fiction. There’s the Russian sf of Yellow Blue Tibia, the golden age sf of Jack Glass, the talking animal fantasies of Bete and so on. But I don’t think he has written anything that wears […]

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The Best Science Fiction Books by Nicholas Fisk

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of Nicholas Fisk, whose books for children were the first introduction to science fiction for many of today’s readers and writers. Born David Higginbottom in London in 1923, he left school at 16, lived through the Blitz, and joined the RAF as a meteorological officer. After the war he worked […]

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Nebula Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

This year’s Nebula Award winners are as follows: BEST NOVEL Uprooted Naomi Novik (Del Rey) BEST NOVELLA Binti Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com) BEST NOVELETTE “Our Lady of the Open Road” Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s Jun 2015) BEST SHORT STORY “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare Oct 2015) ANDRE NORTON AWARD Updraft Fran Wilde (Tor) RAY […]

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The Best Science Fiction Books by Katherine Dunn

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of Katherine Dunn, best known for her third and final novel, Geek Love, a controversial masterpiece with distinct science fiction elements.    Born in Kansas in 1945, Katherine Dunn wrote two early novels at the beginning of the 1970s, Attic (1970) and Truck (1971). Both seem to have elements of autobiography, and use […]

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The Best of H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction You’ve Definitely Heard About but Probably Never Read

by Paul

Categories: Books

In May 1895, H.G. Wells published his first novel, The Time Machine. In this and in four more books published over the following five years – The Island of Dr Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds and The First Men in the Moon, he practically defined modern science fiction. You’ve read them. Of course you have, […]

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And Another Science Fiction Blog Bites the Dust…

by Paul

After yesterday’s news about SF Signal, another sf blog is ending. Kristin Centorcelli of My Bookish Ways (and Associate Editor at SF Signal) has announced that she’s closing My Bookish Ways. What’s going on with this month? Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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