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Month: March 2017

Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

There seems to be a lot going on across the web recently, or at least we’ve been noticing a lot of stuff. So here’s a bunch of stuff we thought we should bring to your attention. As we showed in our posts during Black History Month, there’s an awful lot of Afrofuturism out there at […]

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10 Essential SF Works of the 1910s

by Paul

Categories: Books

It has been a while since the last chapter of this peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction, so it is well past time to take us back to that most schizophrenic of decades, the 1910s. The first half of the decade marked the long golden summer of Edwardian England, the second half was […]

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Review: Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling

by Paul

In September 1919, the Paris Peace Conference had granted the city of Fiume and its surrounding territory on the north-east coast of the Adriatic to the new kingdom of what would become Yugoslavia. But the population of the city was largely Italian, leading to disagreements about the ultimate fate of Fiume. Taking advantage of the confusion, […]

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Tiptree Award Winner announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The winner of this year’s James Tiptree Jr, Award has been announced. As the Tiptree Award website proclaims: “The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those writers and other creative artists who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.” This year’s winner is: When the Moon […]

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12 Other Times that Hitler Won

by Paul

Categories: Lists

With Amazon’s dramatisation based on The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick now in its second series, and the BBC producing a dramatisation of SS-GB by Len Deighton, it seems that the Nazi’s winning World War II is still a popular idea. So here are a dozen other novels exploring the same idea, some of […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 3

by Paul

Categories: Books

Concluding our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day (not quite a full alphabet, there’s a shortage of names beginning with I, Q and X), we move on to: Kit Reed           Kit Reed has been producing stories for well over half a century now, and they are united only […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 2

by Paul

Categories: Books

Continuing our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day, we take up the list at: Kij Johnson It is purely a accident of the alphabet, but this tranche begins with writers who have made a particular impact with their short fiction. Kij Johnson’s novels have tended to be animal fantasies, but her short […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 1

by Paul

Categories: Books

To coincide with International Women’s Day, we’ve put together an A-Z of women sf writers you should be reading. The list doesn’t even pretend to be exhaustive, for a start we’re keeping to just one writer per letter so the list could be many many many times longer than it actually is (on the plus […]

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Shadow Clarke Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The idea of a Shadow Jury for literary awards is something that has become increasingly common in Britain over the last few years. There are shadow juries for the Booker Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and several others. They emerged out of two considerations: on the one hand the discussions and the decision processes of […]

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15 Books We’re Excited About This March

by Paul

Categories: Books

What a month this is: new books by some of our biggest names; long awaited sequels; thrillers and traditional space operas and mainstream novels with a twist. These are some of the books that have caught our eye this month. Infinity Engine by Neal Asher The final part of Asher’s spectacular Transformation trilogy features humans […]

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