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Month: January 2018

Discovering the Award Winners: 1955

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The 1955 Worldcon in Cleveland revived the idea of an award ceremony from two years before. But they did rather change the awards. In 1953, there had been awards for Best Novel, Professional Magazine, Cover Artist, Interior Illustrator, Excellence in Fact Articles, New Author or Artist and No 1 Fan Personality. When the Hugo Awards […]

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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

Categories: Books

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 2: Other Worlds

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Okay, for science fiction you really need strange worlds and alien creatures. Well, no you don’t, really; but it is still one of the typical characteristics of an awful lot of sf. And it’s a characteristic that goes right back to the early days of sf. Back, indeed, to those ancient Greek writers who wrote […]

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Philip K. Dick Award

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Here we are, barely into the new year, and already the award season has begun. The shortlist has been announced for the Philip K. Dick Award for the best novel appearing as a paperback original in the USA. This year, seven books have been shortlisted. They are:                  The Book of […]

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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 1: This World

by Paul

Categories: Lists

So, a couple of days ago, we reported on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Because Brian Aldiss had identified this as the first true sf novel, some people have also said that it’s also the 200th birthday of science fiction itself. It is not, and as promised here’s a bunch of stuff published long […]

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Happy 200th Birthday to Science Fiction?

by Paul

At the beginning of January 1818 a new book was published, a novel written by a woman still in her teens, and begun as part of a ghost story competition with Lord Byron, Dr John Polidori and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Frankenstein; or, A Modern Prometheus came out from the firm of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor […]

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9 further books for the new year

by Paul

Categories: Books

And we complete our run through the new books for January. Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober What would it be like if the Founding Fathers had the internet? That’s the intriguing premise behind this debut novel. In 1777, just after a secret Congressional committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a cyber […]

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9 more books for the new year

by Paul

Categories: Books

And here we go with the second tranche of new books for January: Emergence by C.J. Cherryh A station in a distant sector of space has been destroyed, and so Alpha Station is now crowded with refugees. The station itself cannot cope, so the refugees will have to be relocated to the planet surface. But […]

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9 new books for the new year

by Paul

Categories: Books

Welcome to 2018, everybody. And let’s get the year started the way we intend to go on, with a round up of the new books for this month. In fact, we’ve spotted so many books scheduled for January that we’ve split this post into three. And without more ado, here’s the first third of our […]

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