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5 One-Off SF Ideas

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Let’s face it, most sf ideas get re-used and developed and built-up and changed as they spread across the genre. H.G. Wells invents the time machine, but it is other writers who use it to go back and change the past, or kill your grandfather, or any number of other variations on the theme you’ll […]

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Review: Rosewater by Tade Thompson

by Paul

To describe Rosewater as another alien invasion story (as it is on the cover, for instance) is, strictly speaking, accurate; but it is wildly misleading. For a start, it is not so much an invasion as an infestation. True, there is an amorphous blob, which acquires the name Wormwood, that crashes with devastating effect into Hyde […]

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Nebula Award winners

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winners of the Nebula Awards. The winners are:          Best Novel All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Best Novelette “The Long Fall Up” by William Ledbetter (F&SF) Best Short Story “Seasons […]

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Sturgeon Award shortlist announced

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The finalists for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on June 16th. The shortlisted stories are:              Nina Allan, The Art of Space Travel. Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood. […]

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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

Categories: Books

Space opera is big again, what with Tor promising a summer of space opera, and the fuss accompanying the announcement that Jo Walton’s new book, due in February next year, is a space opera, Poor Relations. But space opera hasn’t always been popular. In fact, since it first appeared, about 90 years ago, space opera has […]

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Review: Alien Morning by Rick Wilber

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What will first contact be like? Well, in all probability it will be the discovery of a microbe surviving in an extremely hostile environment on one of the moons of Saturn. But that, of course, is not what science fiction means by first contact. For science fiction, it means an encounter with intelligence, a meeting […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Locus has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Locus Award Weekend in Seattle in June. The full list of finalists is here, but these are the main science fiction categories: Science Fiction Novel                         […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

Time for yet another round up of the things we’ve spotted around the web. Let’s start with Samuel R. Delany. Nisi Shawl has been doing an expanded course on the history of black science fiction, and her most recent post brings us to Delany’s first published novel, The Jewels of Aptor. There’s a good argument to […]

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5 of the Best: Joanna Russ

by Paul

Categories: Books

Joanna Russ is a name that keeps cropping up on this blog. Usually it is because of one novel, The Female Man, because frankly whenever the talk turns to feminist science fiction this is the novel you absolutely have to mention. It’s an important book. No, I’d go further than that and say it is an […]

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10 Essential SF Titles of the 1900s

by Paul

Categories: Books

The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 marked the end of an age just as surely as it marked the beginning of a new century. The restrictions and moralising of the high Victorian age was already being undermined during the latter years of the 19th century, but without the small, black-clad, increasingly distant figure […]

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