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Month: June 2017

Clarke at 100: The City and the Stars

by Paul

There was a habit that was popular with novelists for quite a long while, though you don’t see it very much these days: they would sign off the last page of the novel with the date and place they began and finished the writing. It was not a habit that Arthur C. Clarke followed much, […]

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Sidewise Awards shortlists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. The shortlisted works are: Best Long-Form Alternate History        The Apostle Killer by Richard Beard Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood Best Short-Form Alternate History           “The Danish Crutch” by Anna Belfrage (1066 […]

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… and SF novels shortlisted for mainstream prizes

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The other day we noted some of the mainstream writers who had been shortlisted for (or had even won) major science fiction awards. But the news that Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Women’s Prize for The Power was a reminder that the traffic isn’t all one way. Admittedly, there are fewer sf novels being shortlisted […]

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Tidhar/Valente win Campbell/Sturgeon Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Campbell Award for Best Novel went to Central Station by Lavie Tidhar The Sturgeon Award for Best Short Story went to “The Future is Blue” by Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds ed. Jonathan Strahan) Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

Half way through June already, and time once more to cast our gaze around the internet. First up: congratulations to Naomi Alderman upon winning the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power. Moving on to multiple award-winner Samuel R. Delany, whose early short novel, Empire Star, is the starting point for this discussion of […]

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5 of the Best: Richard Cowper

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Richard Cowper was born John Middleton Murry Jr., the son of the eminent critic John Middleton Murry. It was probably not an easy background for someone who wanted to be a writer. Although his father at first encouraged his ambitions, when the young John showed him the manuscript for his first novel (written under the […]

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Ditmar and Kurd Laßwitz Preis winners announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The winners of Australia’s Ditmar awards and Germany’s Kurd Laßwitz Preis have been announced. The Ditmars, also known as the Australian SF Awards, have gone as follows:          Best Novel The Grief Hole – Kaaron Warren Best Novella/Novelette “Did We Break the End of the World” – Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday) Best Short Story “No Fat […]

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An SF Brexit?

by Paul

Categories: Lists

The recent UK election was supposed to be all about Brexit, and yet it was hardly mentioned by any of the parties. Strange how an issue that could affect the whole continent can slip so easily out of public consciousness. And yet Britain’s relationship with Europe is hardly the most prominent theme in science fiction […]

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18 mainstream authors shortlisted for SF Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

A little while ago, a columnist at Slate published a piece about mainstream writers venturing into science fiction. It’s a piece that has been pretty widely mocked in sf circles, though not always for the right reasons. But the truth is that this is not a new phenomenon; the distinction between sf and mainstream has always […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

Categories: Books

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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