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Month: December 2017

Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

We’re about to take a break for the holiday, but we thought we’d leave you with a meaty selection of goodies found around the web. Let’s start with something historic and modern at the same time. Adam Roberts, author of The Real-Town Murders, is continuing his read-through of the entire works of H.G. Wells, and it […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Iain M. Banks

by Paul

Categories: Books

The first book from Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory, was published on his 30th birthday in 1984. The last novel, The Quarry, came out just days after his death in 2013. In total he wrote 14 novels as by Iain Banks, many of which had science fictional or fantastic overtones; and 12 novels and one short story […]

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Review: You Should Come With Me Now by M. John Harrison

by Paul

“If the disaster can be said to be unevenly distributed,” one of M. John Harrison’s hapless characters writes: “Brentford is one of the places it has been distributed to.” Harrison’s characters exist on the edge, though they are never exactly sure what it is the edge of. On one side is something that passes for […]

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Clarke at 100

by Paul

Categories: Books

Saturday 16th December, two days away as I post this, would have been Arthur C. Clarke’s 100th birthday. Throughout the year, in celebration, we’ve been re-reading his books: The Sands of Mars (post here) Childhood’s End (post here) Earthlight (post here) The City and the Stars (post here) A Fall of Moondust (post here) 2001, […]

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5 Wintery Tales

by Paul

Categories: Books

Baby, it’s cold outside – as the old song has it. At least, it is for those of us in the North. And as winter starts to bite, here’s a selection of stories to remind us how much nicer it is to stay indoors by the fire. Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss As we’re looking […]

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Women SF Writers who should not be forgotten

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Categories: Lists

The 1950s is often reckoned to be the Golden Age of science fiction. It was a time when all the great names of the genre, like Asimov and Heinlein, Clarke and Bradbury, were at their peak, and before the New Wave of the 1960s started turning the genre in a new direction. A good time […]

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SF from Benelux you should be reading

by Paul

Categories: Books

Our leisurely tour around the world of science fiction brings us to the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (though, apart from being the birthplace of Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg doesn’t really feature in this story). The old name for the region, “The Low Countries”, and the more recent name, “Benelux”, both suggest that this […]

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Discovering the Award Winners: Retro Hugos

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Back in the early 1950s, when the Hugo Awards were born, Worldcon organizers had much more liberty to choose what was and was not included in their programme. So after the 1953 Worldcon decided to introduce the awards, the following year’s convention chose not to repeat the idea. It wasn’t until the 1955 Worldcon that […]

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