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Month: October 2016

6 Books to look out for this autumn

by Paul

Categories: Books

These are books due out over the next few weeks that have caught our eye. The Power by Naomi Alderman Alderman is, I think, the only author of Dr Who novels to have been included in one of Granta‘s Best Young Writers lists, and there’s something of that tension between the literary and genre in this new […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

Work forced me to take my eyes off the blog for the last week or so, but I’ve still been keeping a lookout for interesting things to share. And actually there’s quite a bit recently. Let’s start with someone who has a good claim to be one of the very best sf writers: Ursula K. Le […]

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Sheri S. Tepper

by Paul

Categories: People

In haste, I’m afraid, but I’ve just heard of the death of Sheri S. Tepper, and I can’t let that pass. Tepper was born in 1929, and only began writing novels in her late 50s, but she then wrote steadily a mixture of science fiction, fantasy and horror, right up until her death on October […]

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10 essential sf books of the 1930s

by Paul

Categories: Books

Continuing our occasional history of science fiction, we drop back in time to the 1930s. In America, the pulp magazines were now going strong with a host of space operas by writers who are now often forgotten. It was only at the end of the decade, when John W. Campbell took over the editorship of Astounding, […]

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5 of the best by George Turner

by Paul

Categories: Books

My passing reference to George Turner a couple of days ago reminded me that he would have turned 100 this month. So that’s as good a reason as any to look at some of his best books. Turner was an oddity. He started his career as a mainstream novelist, won awards and was highly regarded […]

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4 must-read sf biographies (and 1 brilliant autobiography)

by Paul

Categories: Books

News that there is a new biography of Angela Carter, The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon, reminds me how few really good biographies there have been of science fiction writers. Partly, I suppose, that is because writers spend their lives hammering on a keyboard, which doesn’t necessarily make for an exciting narrative. But there […]

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Copper Cylinder Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The award season never ends, does it? Here’s another one, the Copper Cylinder Award from the Sunburst Award Society, which recognises Canadian literature of the fantastic. The award, incidentally, is named after A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille which was published in 1888 and is reckoned to be the first Canadian […]

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Ways of not dying in science fiction

by Paul

Categories: Books

When I wrote about Zero K recently, I said that avoidance of death was one of the key themes that runs through the entire history of science fiction. So I thought it would be fun to look at some of the ways of not dying you can find in science fiction. Actually, the Culture novels […]

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