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Month: June 2016

Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

I’ve not been feeling too good recently, so while I crawl away to recuperate, here are a few things I’ve noticed around the internet. Ken MacLeod’s new novel, The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is the first volume in a new trilogy (the second volume will be along before the end of the year). To mark it’s publication, […]

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Book Review: Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman

by Paul

It’s a pretty good list for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, isn’t it? We’ve already written about several of the shortlisted novels – The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts is here,  The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is here, The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor is here,  Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson is here, Where […]

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John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The finalists have been announced for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award: The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson Radiomen – Eleanor Lerman Luna: New Moon – Ian McDonald Galapagos Regained – James Morrow Going Dark – Linda Nagata The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor Where – Kit […]

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(Re)Discovering James Blish, The Great Science Fiction Critic

by Paul

Categories: Books

When I was totting up the authors featured in a series of big, genre-defining anthologies recently, I was surprised to discover that James Blish was one of only three writers to appear in five of the seven books, and he appeared from the earliest to the latest of the books. Now I wasn’t surprised by […]

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7 Best Science Ficition Novels by Josephine Saxton

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Josephine Saxton has just turned 81, making her one of the oldest living British sf writers. She may also be one of the least well known. Her work often has the quality of a fable, and a disturbing fable at that, which may be why it has so often been overlooked by sf readers. Which […]

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17 of the Best Science Fiction Writers Heavily Featured in SF Anthologies You Need to Read

by Paul

So yesterday I wrote about 7 massive sf anthologies which effectively serve as a history of the genre. It’s not an exhaustive list (there’s a similar anthology from Wesleyan, for instance), but for anyone wanting a crash course on science fiction’s past, particularly the 20th century, would find any of these a good place to start. […]

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An Introduction to Science Fiction Readings: Where to Start

by Paul

There are people out there who insist that you cannot write science fiction unless you know the history of science fiction. Yeah, I know, ludicrous, isn’t it. It’s impossible for any one person to read all the sf being published in any one year, so getting to grips with everything that has been written in […]

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Where Science Fiction Ends and Realism Begins?

by Paul

There’s an interesting article by Michael Newton in the Guardian about Steven Spielberg, or more specifically about his science fiction (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies get no mention). What Newton argues is that E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds, Minority Report and especially A.I. actually reflect something about America […]

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5 Science Fiction Books with Enigmatic Aliens

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Writing about the Jackaroo in Paul McAuley’s latest novel, Into Everywhere, made me think about other enigmatic aliens. After all, the way aliens have traditionally been presented in science fiction is as invaders, or enemies, or humans in fancy dress, or something like god. But the likelihood is that we wouldn’t understand them, or what they […]

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