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Month: February 2017

Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

It’s the end of the month, and time to do another round up of things we’ve spotted elsewhere on the internet. And since we’ve spent the last month talking about black science fiction writers, let’s start with more of the same. In particular, let’s start with Samuel R. Delany. Here’s a conversation he had with […]

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14 more Afrofuturists you should be reading

by Paul

For the last month we’ve celebrated Black History Month by looking at some of the great black science fiction writers (Afrofuturist is now the vogue term for black sf writer). So far we’ve considered Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson and Tobias Buckell, but that barely skims the surface […]

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Anthony Burgess at 100

by Paul

Categories: People

Today, Anthony Burgess would have turned 100. A prolific writer, and also a composer, he was best known for his mainstream work, But his fiction often incorporated elements of the fantastic, and some were overtly science fiction. The earliest and most famous of these was A Clockwork Orange, set in a dystopian near-future in which disaffected […]

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Update

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You may notice that we’re currently having trouble importing images and book covers into the blog. No idea at the moment what’s causing this glitch, but we hope to get it sorted out soon. *** And fixed, even quicker than hoped for. Normal service is now resumed. Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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Susan Casper

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Categories: People

The death, after a long illness, has been announced of Susan Casper. She was not a prolific author, but wrote a number of highly regarded short stories, many in collaboration with her husband, Gardner Dozois. Much of her best collaborative work with Dozois is collected in Slow Dancing Through Time, with also includes work with Jack […]

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Clarke at 100: A Fall of Moondust

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In our celebration of the work of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who would have turned 100 this year, we follow Earthlight by turning to another of his novels set on the Moon, A Fall of Moondust. Not far short of a decade separates the two books, so it is not surprising that it is a somewhat different Moon that […]

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Nebula Awards Shortlist

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And the awards come so thick and fast it’s hard to keep up. Now the shortlists for the Nebula awards have been announced: Novel              All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan) Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga) The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris […]

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Aurealis Awards shortlist

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Ah, we are well and truly into awards season. Now we have the shortlist for Australia’s Aurealis Awards. There are awards for Children’s fiction, Young Adult fiction, horror, fantasy and graphic novels, so you can find the full shortlist here. These are the science fiction shortlists: BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL          Watershed, Jane Abbott (Penguin […]

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Tobias Buckell

by Paul

Nalo Hopkinson isn’t the only Caribbean writer to have emerged in recent years, there’s also Tobias S. Buckell who was born on Grenada, but his Caribbean roots have affected his science fiction in very different ways.           He first came to prominence with his Xenowealth or Benevolent Satrapy sequence. The sequence begins […]

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BSFA Award shortlists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The shortlists for the BSFA Awards have been announced. Best Novel              Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz) Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton) Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz) Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press) Best Short Fiction              Malcolm […]

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