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Month: June 2017

The best of the year?

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It is hot and sticky, and I am tired and need a break. So I’m about to head off on a short holiday. Play nicely while I’m away. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. By then we should be getting the last of the year’s big awards, so I’ll be compiling our analysis […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 2

by Paul

So, the other day we told you about some of the books coming your way in July. But that wasn’t even half of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the hot summer month. So here are more books to look forward to. Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine David […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 1

by Paul

We’re coming up on the half way point of the year. Already? Where did it go? And there used to be a time when publishers drifted off to Mediterranean beaches or Tuscan villas around this time of year, so it was something of a fallow time for new books. Well, there were always plenty of […]

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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)

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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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