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Month: December 2016

Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

So we’re coming to the end of the year, and I’m about to take a break from the blog until January. Lots of good things planned for the New Year, but I need to recharge my batteries a little. (It has been a hell of a year in so many ways; I suspect we’ll all […]

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Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

by Paul

As Cora first boards the Underground Railroad she is told, “Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America”. The bitter joke, of course, is that when you look out from a train underground there is nothing to see but a uniform darkness. When I reviewed Underground Airlines by Ben […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library 2, Histories

by Paul

Categories: Books

If you want to build up a reference library on science fiction, the first thing you need is context. In other words, there are certain very basic things you need to be able to find out. When did A happen? Did B occur before C, or after it? How does D relate to E? What […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1920s

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Our peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction takes us back to that curious decade, the 1920s, back by some reckonings, to the very beginning of science fiction itself. In retrospect, the 1920s was a transitional age. It emerged from the end of the First World War, whose horrors and with them the decimation […]

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Review: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

by Paul

… that’s just the way things go If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street ‘Less you want to draw the heat Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”     It is 40 years since our latest Nobel laureate pointed out the running sore in the American body politic. It wasn’t new then, […]

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6 MUST READ Science Fiction Books for December

by Paul

Categories: Books

Okay, it’s the end of the year, everything’s winding down for the holidays. But somehow, amazingly, books are still being published, and some pretty damned good books at that. These are some that have caught our eye. And half of them are short story collections, is it something about December? Take Back the Sky by […]

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Discovering Margaret Cavendish

by Paul

Categories: Books

Let’s face it, there aren’t that many science fiction writers who have appeared in novels. H.G. Wells, of course, in a whole variety of books from Christopher Priest’s The Space Machine to David Lodge’s A Man of Parts, and Philip K. Dick in Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas by Michael Bishop. Well, now there’s a new and […]

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