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Philip K. Dick Award Shortlist

by Paul

Categories: Awards

It barely seems like yesterday that we were announcing the last sf awards of 2016, and now here we are with the first sf awards of 2017. The Philip K. Dick Award is for a “distinguished original science fiction paperback” first published in 2016, and the shortlist is:        Consider by Kristy Acevedo […]

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Resistance

by Paul

Categories: Links

On the day that Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the most divisive president in more than a century, I simply point you towards the current issue of Strange Horizons, which takes as its theme Resistance. Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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Clarke at 100: Earthlight

by Paul

Arthur C. Clarke would have turned 100 this year. To celebrate one of the greats of science fiction, I’m going to spend the year revisiting some of his books, and writing about them here. I’m not going to be reading them in any specific order, more a matter of which one I happen to take […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

by Paul

Categories: Lists

This was the decade in which some right-wing commentators proclaimed the end of history, and to be fair that’s how it felt. The fall of the Berlin Wall had been the trigger that ended the Cold War, and throughout the early years of the decade we saw the gradual but inevitable disintegration of the Soviet […]

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How to Build your SF Reference Library: Robert Scholes

by Paul

Categories: Non-Fiction

With everything that was going on at the end of last year, we missed the news that Robert Scholes had died. Scholes was one of the first academics who attempted to apply literary theory to science fiction. Not always successfully, it must be said. And for the casual reader his work tends to be off-puttingly […]

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Peter Weston

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of Peter Weston, who played a central role in British science fiction and fandom for decades. He was 73, and died of complications from cancer, from which he had been suffering for some time. In the 1960s, his fanzine, variously called Zenith, Zenith Speculation and Speculation, was the venue for […]

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12 Great New SF Titles to start 2017

by Paul

Hi, have a good break? I did, but I’m glad to be back at the blog. Particularly as there’s so much going on this year. And if the books coming out in January are anything to go by, it’s going to be a great year in science fiction. Just look at these books: 4 3 […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

So we’re coming to the end of the year, and I’m about to take a break from the blog until January. Lots of good things planned for the New Year, but I need to recharge my batteries a little. (It has been a hell of a year in so many ways; I suspect we’ll all […]

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Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

by Paul

As Cora first boards the Underground Railroad she is told, “Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America”. The bitter joke, of course, is that when you look out from a train underground there is nothing to see but a uniform darkness. When I reviewed Underground Airlines by Ben […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library 2, Histories

by Paul

Categories: Books

If you want to build up a reference library on science fiction, the first thing you need is context. In other words, there are certain very basic things you need to be able to find out. When did A happen? Did B occur before C, or after it? How does D relate to E? What […]

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