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Month: September 2016

Review – Zero K by Don DeLillo

by Paul

One of the most persistent themes that has run right through the history of science fiction is the avoidance of death. For a long time it was religion, with its various promises of rebirth or transmigration of the soul or the eternal life of heaven, that told humankind there was more beyond our brief mortal […]

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Review – The Gradual by Christopher Priest

by Paul

You see them waiting at the harbour. A small group of men and women, young-looking, sitting under an awning. They pay little attention to each other, still less to the passengers disembarking from the inter-island ferry. Except, every once in a while, one of the young people will approach one of the new arrivals. There […]

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10 Must-Read Books due in October

by Paul

Categories: Books

October looks as if it is going to be every bit as exciting a month in science fiction as September was. These are ten of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the coming weeks. Daughter of Eden – Chris Beckett The first novel in this sequence, Dark Eden, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, […]

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10 Best SF Novels of 2015

by Paul

Categories: Awards

After discussing what the sf awards say were the best novels of 2015, this is our take. 1: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts I wrote about this here, so it probably comes as no surprise that I rate this the best book of the year. The big surprise for me is that nobody else […]

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10 Essential works of Science Fiction from the 1970s

by Paul

Categories: Books

The 70s was a strange, liminal time in science fiction. As the decade began, the New Wave was still in full flood, but the wave petered out very quickly. In Britain, New Worlds magazine folded and was replaced by an original anthology series called New Worlds Quarterly that, despite its title, managed only 10 issues in six years […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

It’s one of those months when anybody interested in astronomy, astrophysics, space – you know, all that stuff that science fiction does – must have been in seventh heaven. I mean, just look at the stuff that’s been coming out. There’s the discovery of an Earth-like world that could be capable of sustaining life in orbit […]

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10 Essential SF Titles from the 1940s

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Categories: Books

And our ongoing history of the key sf works takes a step backwards to the 1940s. Two extraordinary events of 1939 had a profound effect on the science fiction of this decade. In the first instance, John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding. He didn’t just turn Astounding into the most important sf magazine of the period, […]

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Best SF Novels of 2015, part 1

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Part 1: What the Awards tell us Okay, awards season is finally coming towards its belated end. With the Hugos and Clarke Award in the last week or so, we’ve at least had all the major international prizes. So what do the awards tell us about the best science fiction of 2015? Surprisingly little, in […]

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Dragon Award Winners announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Good grief, they’ve only just announced their first set of winners and already Dragoncon’s awards have been christened the Vox Day awards. This is what the Hugos would look like if the Puppies had their say. For the record, these are the main sf awards: Best Novel: Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John […]

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10 books we’re really looking forward to this September

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As publishing schedules gather pace for the autumn, there are some cracking sf books due out this month. These are some of the titles that look particularly enticing. A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton This is the sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams and completes Hamilton’s Chronicle of the […]

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