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Month: November 2016

Jane Yolen, Grand Master

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced that the next Damon Knight Grand Master will be Jane Yolen. The Award will be presented at the annual Nebula Awards Ceremony in May 2017. Jane Yolen is primarily known as a fantasy writer, particularly Young Adult fantasy in which field she has won many […]

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The 15 Must-Have Science Fiction Books for Christmas 2016

by Paul

Categories: Books

It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re trying to hint to family and friends that these are the books you’d really like to receive, or possibly when you’re looking around for exactly the right book to give to someone you love. Well, honestly, it’s been a great year for science fiction, and […]

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Discover Ted Chiang before everyone else does

by Paul

Categories: Books

It looks like Ted Chiang is going to be the new Philip K. Dick. That is, his work is going to be the source for first rate intelligent science fiction films. The new film, Arrival, based on his short story, “Story of Your Life”, is already a big hit at cinemas around the world. But it […]

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How to build an SF Reference Library, 1 – Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Categories: Books

Okay, you love science fiction. But it’s not just the fiction you like. You want to read about it, find out more about the authors or books or ideas that interest you most. After all, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you. Well, you’re in luck, because there’s an absolute wealth of books out there that […]

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10 Essential SF Works from the 1980s

by Paul

Categories: Books

Our peripatetic history of science fiction brings us to one of the more momentous decades in the history of the genre. The 1970s had been a decade in which no more than a handful of great writers emerged. The effects of the new wave slowly ran down, and the most important event in the history […]

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Two more for President Trump

by Paul

Categories: Books

… and it feels strange and awful to type that: President Trump! Good grief, what a horror! While we were waking up to the terrible news, I was amused to notice that It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis has become a bestseller since the result was announced. First published in 1935, this is one of […]

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5 SF Books for Election Day

by Paul

Categories: Lists

So, today is the presidential election in the USA. It is possibly the most important presidential election in all of our lifetimes, given how close it has become at the last minute and if it goes the wrong way we all of us will suffer, whether or not we are American. But let’s not try […]

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The best sf to recommend to non-sf readers

by Paul

Categories: Books

Every sf blog does a post like this eventually. And they all get it wrong. Because they are all about what turned the author onto sf, not what a non-sf reader might be looking for. You can see the thinking, time after time: oh Embassytown by China Mieville blew me away, so it’s bound to have […]

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