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Month: March 2017

The SF Books we’re looking forward to in April, part 2

by Paul

And here we go with the second part of our long list of new books for April. Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews Ever since An Exchange of Hostages, Susan R. Matthews has been building up a long, bloody and complex series of space operas centred on the doctor turned reluctant torturer, Andrej Koscuisko. Now, in the […]

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The SF Books we’re looking forward to in April, part 1

by Paul

Categories: Books

So here we are, a quarter of the way through the year and already we’re seeing some top notch books coming out. So what does April hold for us? Truth is, it’s an incredibly busy month, with more than 20 new books catching our eye; so we’ve decided to split the list, the first part […]

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Prometheus Award Finalists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the five finalist for the Prometheus Award, which recognises “outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, expose the abuses and excesses of coercive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the mutually respectful foundation […]

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Clarke at 100: The Sands of Mars

by Paul

After looking again at Earthlight and A Fall of Moondust, our revisiting of the works of Arthur C. Clarke in the year he would have turned 100 brings us to one of his earliest novels: The Sands of Mars. Early novels can be curiously revealing. When a writer still hasn’t acquired the sophistication of more mature works, what […]

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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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