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Month: January 2018

8 more books for February

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Categories: Books

It is frustrating, working with this stripped down format. Nevertheless, onward! Because here are more of the interesting-looking books due in February. Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon Elizabeth Moon’s latest military sf adventure featuring Admiral Kylara Vatta begins with a ragtag group of crash survivors seeking refuge on a remote arctic island. But the […]

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9 new books for February

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The blog still doesn’t seem to be behaving itself, but I’m sure you’ll excuse us if we’re limited to a more stripped-down appearance for a while. After all, it’s the end of the month, time to look forward to what’s on offer in February. It may be the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of […]

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Apologies

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We seem to be facing an escalating series of glitches on the blog at the moment. Not exactly sure what it is, but for a short while you may not hear too much from us except the occasional scream of frustration. We’ll be back as soon as we can.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

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Categories: People

The death has been announced of Ursula K. Le Guin. She was 88. It is almost impossible to write about Le Guin without making her sound less than she was. She is revered for her wisdom, but that wisdom is revealed in the subtle and complex humanity that pervades her best work, rather than in […]

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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

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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?

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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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