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Month: July 2016

10 Must Read Science Fiction Books From the 1950s

by Paul

Categories: Books

You know, there are people out there who insist that you cannot write sf, or write about sf, until you have read everything. Yeah, I know: stupid! These days you can’t even read everything published in a year, so how are you supposed to read the thousands upon thousands of works from last year or […]

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7 Awesome Critical Utopian Science Fiction Books You Need To Read

by Paul

Categories: Lists

It was about this time 500 years ago that Thomas More set out for Bruges. He was part of a delegation sent to negotiate a trade deal, but he ended up having time on his hands. Travel being what it was in those days, it was a couple of months before the people he was […]

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Science Fiction Books by Carolyn See

by Paul

Categories: People

Carolyn See has died, aged 82. She wrote a dozen novels, mostly about the lives of women in contemporary California. But it was her fourth novel, and her only work of science fiction, that was her most successful. Golden Days (1986) reads for much of its length like a mainstream novel, following the lives of […]

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Seiun Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And finally … The winners of the Japanese science fiction awards have been announced. You’ll find the full list, in both Japanese and English, here. The two awards for work in translation are: Best Translated Long Story Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (translated by Hideko Akao) Best Translated Short Story “Good Hunting” by Ken Liu (translated […]

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Sidewise Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And the next awards shortlist … The shortlists have been announced for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. Best Long-Form Alternate History The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew The British Lion by Tony Schumacher Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove Best Short-Form Alternate History “Red Legacy” by Eneasz Brodski (Asimov’s Science Fiction) “Elizabethtown” by Eric Cline (Galaxy’s Edge). “It Doesn’t Matter […]

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Sunburst Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Three sets of award news all come at once. The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Award for Canadian literature of the fantastic. The shortlists are: Adult Fiction The Little Washer of Sorrows, by Katherine Fawcett Experimental Film, by Gemma Files Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Daydreams of Angels, by Heather O’Neill The […]

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15 Best Science Fiction Books To Read This Summer

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Still not quite shaken off whatever it is that has left me under the weather lately, but it’s time to get a few more posts up on this blog. And I’m going to start by noting a few of the books that have caught my eye lately, books that offer great science fiction for the […]

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