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Year’s Best according to the awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Each year, we take a look at which novels have been identified as the best of the year according to the various voters and jurors for the different sf awards. So, which of 2016’s novels stood out? Well, the first thing you notice is that no novel has won more than one award. The year’s […]

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The greatest sf authors?

by Paul

Categories: Lists

There’s a post I’ve just come across (it seems to be a year old, but you know how these things disappear and resurface on the web) that claims to list “The Greatest Sci-Fi Authors of All Time“. It’s an interesting, if largely predictable list: Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, […]

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Some thoughts on the Hugo results

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Two things jump out at you when you look at this year’s Hugo results. First: Practically all the winners were women. All the individual winners were women, and the group winners (Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda for Best Graphic Story; Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damien Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky […]

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Hugo Award Winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

And the winners are …              Best Novel The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Best Series The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Best Novelette “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon Best Short Story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar Best […]

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Dragon Awards update

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Following on from our post about the Dragon Awards the other day, the latest news is that after some uproar, the Dragon Awards decided to accept Alison Littlewood’s withdrawal of The Hidden People from the ballot. At the same time, and for very similar reasons, N.K. Jemisin has withdrawn The Obelisk Gate from the ballot. No new […]

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Dragon Awards

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Dragon Awards, which were launched by DragonCon a year or two back, have released their shortlists. There are 15 different categories (you can find the full list here); these are the main science fiction categories. Best Science Fiction Novel                     A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers […]

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5 of the Best: D.G. Compton

by Paul

Categories: Books

When I wrote about Richard Cowper here a little while back, I was suddenly reminded of the “High Cs”, a name sometimes given to a small group of British sf writers of the 1960s and 70s whose names all began with C. They included Edmund Cooper and Michael Coney, but to my mind the best […]

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Exciting new books for August, part 2

by Paul

Categories: Books

The second half of our list of upcoming books this month includes some first rate names (Jeff Noon, Michael Swanwick) and some fascinating titles. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon Jeff Noon has been ploughing a very individual and distinctive furrow, every since his Clarke Award-winning debut, Vurt, and this new novel is no exception. […]

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Exciting new books for August, part 1

by Paul

Categories: Books

What! It’s August already? No, it can’t be. Oh well, that means another great selection of wonderful new science fiction due out any day now. I hope you’re keeping up there, because there are books here you’re really won’t want to miss. As ever, so this whole thing doesn’t become too overwhelming (for me as […]

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Clarke at 100: 2001, A Space Odyssey

by Paul

1968 marked something of a sea change in the life and career of Arthur C. Clarke. Before that date, he was one of the giants of science fiction, though the iconoclasts of the New Wave were already identifying him as one of the dinosaurs whose time was past. To a probably lesser extent he was […]

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