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BSFA Award Shortlist

by Paul

Categories: Awards

We’re not going to be posting much here while the site is still not behaving properly, but we do have to keep up with the news. Particularly at this time of the year when there is a lot of award news coming out. First up, the BSFA Awards. The winners will be announced at the […]

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5 Comic SF Novels

by Paul

Categories: Lists

I’ve been holding off posting in the hope that the glitches we’ve experienced recently might be cleared up. But no luck so far. So here’es something light to remind you that we’re still here … Comedy is hard. Science fiction comedy is harder still. Oh there’s a lot of it out there, but an inordinate […]

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And another 8 books for February

by Paul

Categories: Books

So we soldier on with our stripped down version of the blog, and conclude our round-up of the new books due in February. The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith Gavin Smith has made a name for himself with hard-hitting, often brutal military sf, and as the title of this new novel shows, this is right […]

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8 more books for February

by Paul

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

by Paul

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

by Paul

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

by Paul

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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