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Clarke at 100

by Paul

Categories: Books

Saturday 16th December, two days away as I post this, would have been Arthur C. Clarke’s 100th birthday. Throughout the year, in celebration, we’ve been re-reading his books: The Sands of Mars (post here) Childhood’s End (post here) Earthlight (post here) The City and the Stars (post here) A Fall of Moondust (post here) 2001, […]

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5 Wintery Tales

by Paul

Categories: Books

Baby, it’s cold outside – as the old song has it. At least, it is for those of us in the North. And as winter starts to bite, here’s a selection of stories to remind us how much nicer it is to stay indoors by the fire. Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss As we’re looking […]

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Women SF Writers who should not be forgotten

by Paul

Categories: Lists

The 1950s is often reckoned to be the Golden Age of science fiction. It was a time when all the great names of the genre, like Asimov and Heinlein, Clarke and Bradbury, were at their peak, and before the New Wave of the 1960s started turning the genre in a new direction. A good time […]

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SF from Benelux you should be reading

by Paul

Categories: Books

Our leisurely tour around the world of science fiction brings us to the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (though, apart from being the birthplace of Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg doesn’t really feature in this story). The old name for the region, “The Low Countries”, and the more recent name, “Benelux”, both suggest that this […]

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Discovering the Award Winners: Retro Hugos

by Paul

Categories: Awards

Back in the early 1950s, when the Hugo Awards were born, Worldcon organizers had much more liberty to choose what was and was not included in their programme. So after the 1953 Worldcon decided to introduce the awards, the following year’s convention chose not to repeat the idea. It wasn’t until the 1955 Worldcon that […]

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9 new books for December

by Paul

Categories: Books

We’re coming up on the end of the year already, and like most of the rest of us publishers will be shutting down for a goodly chunk of it. But there’s still a handful of books coming out this month, and you’re likely to find something to appeal to you in this little lot. Survival […]

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Clarke at 100: The Hammer of God

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The Hammer of God was not quite the last solo novel that Arthur C. Clarke wrote (that honour goes to 3001, The Final Odyssey), but it could lay claim to being the worst solo novel he wrote. It’s an expansion of a short story, also called “The Hammer of God”, that came out the year before, […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Categories: Links

Just noticed all the sites we’ve got bookmarked, and realised we must be overdue for another set of links. The theme this time around is global sf (when is it not?), so let’s start with sf by black authors. The release of posters for the forthcoming Marvel movie of Black Panther prompted this post itemising […]

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10 more novels that would make great presents

by Paul

This is the second of our posts about the books that would make great gifts for the holiday season. And, as before, we’re picking up on what others have said about them. Raven Stratagem – Yoon Ha Lee I adored Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel Ninefox Gambit (2016), and it garnered a well-deserved Hugo Award nomination this […]

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10 Novels that make great presents

by Paul

Categories: Books

It’s that time of year, again, isn’t it. When we start thinking about what would make a good present for someone, or perhaps more importantly, what we’d like to suggest would make a good present for ourselves. Well, we’re lucky, because there’ve been some absolutely top notch sf novels out this year, any one of […]

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