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Month: April 2017

Clarke at 100: Collected Stories

by Paul

Categories: Books

Arthur C. Clarke was not actually the most prolific of short story writers. Yes, his Collected Stories is a big, fat volume containing over 100 pieces, but these are brought together from a career stretching over 60 years. They range from his first published story, “Travel By Wire”, which appeared in an amateur magazine in December 1937, […]

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William Hjortsberg

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of William Hjortsberg, the American writer, most of whose work occupied that indeterminate territory where the mainstream and the fantastic merge. As an indication of where his work lies in relation to the fantastic, he wrote a well-received biography of Richard Brautigan, Jubilee Hitchhiker. Brautigan, along with Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison, […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

Hey, Easter has come … and gone. That rather crept up on me. Anyway, I need to take a few days break, but here’s some stuff to keep you amused while I’m away from the blog. It’s a boom time for dystopias, or so the New York Times tells us in this article, which surveys […]

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5 of the best: Keith Roberts

by Paul

Categories: Books

Not so long ago, we wrote a post about John Brunner. It was intended as the first in a series about writers who are drifting out of our awareness, writers who are perhaps not enjoying the eminence their work deserves. Having started with Brunner, it seemed natural to follow up with his close contemporary, Keith […]

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BSFA Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Easter is a busy time for science fiction awards. So here another set of winners have been announced.        The winners of the BSFA Awards are: Best Novel Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson Best Short Fiction “Liberty Bird” by Jaine Fenn (Now We Are Ten) Best Non-Fiction 100 African Writers of SFF […]

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Philip K. Dick Award Winner

by Paul

Categories: Awards

    The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for the best science fiction published as a paperback original is The Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper. The judges also gave a Special Citation to Unpronounceable by Susan diRende. Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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Aurealis Award Winners announced.

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Australia’s Aurealis Award winners have been announced. The full list of winners is here. The winners in the science fiction categories are:           Best Science Fiction Novel Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Best Science Fiction Novella “Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan (Lightspeed #73) Best Science Fiction Short Story […]

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Eugie Award shortlist announced

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Categories: Awards

The Eugie short story award, named in honour of the late Eugie Foster, has announced its shortlist for the 2017 award.          “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016) “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2016) “Seasons […]

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And More Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Awards are coming thick and fast right now, so here’s a round-up of some we’ve noticed: Colson Whitehead has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Underground Railroad. *** The Power by Naomi Alderman has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. *** The Canopus Award is a prize for “the finest […]

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Australian SF Awards Shortlists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the Australian SF Awards, also known as the Ditmars. Best Novel              The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren The Lyre Thief, Jennifer Fallon Squid’s Grief, D.K. Mok Vigil, Angela Slatter The Wizardry of Jewish Women, Gillian Polack Best Novella or Novelette        “All the […]

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