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5 ways history changed

by Paul

Categories: Books

They are called “jonbar points”, from the moment in Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Time when a small boy, John Barr, picks up either a magnet or a pebble. One choice turns the world towards the good Jonbar empire, the other turns it towards the bad Gyronchi empire. They are, other words, the point of change […]

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Discovering the Award Winners: Birth of the Hugos

by Paul

Categories: Awards

The organizers of the 1953 Worldcon, known as PhilCon II, were looking for a centrepiece event for their convention. They decided on an award ceremony. The awards would be known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, and would be voted on by members of the convention. At the time there was no plan to continue […]

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4 “Great Peculiars” of Science Fiction

by Paul

Categories: Lists

Over at Tor.com, Walter Jon Williams has an excellent article about Cordwainer Smith, who he memorably describes as one of the “Great Peculiars” of science fiction. By this he means distinctive writers who are impossible to imitate. Start reading a story by Cordwainer Smith and you know immediately who the author is. There is something […]

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Books to look forward to in October, part 3

by Paul

Categories: Books

And here we go with the final selection of the books you’ll want to read this month. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman Yes, I know, another fantasy. But if you aren’t excited by Pullman returning to the world of His Dark Materials, where have you been hiding for the last […]

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Books to look forward to in October, part 2

by Paul

Categories: Books

October really is quite an epic month for new titles, so without further ado let’s continue our list: William Gibson’s Archangel by William Gibson Well here’s something you probably weren’t expecting: a graphic novel from William Gibson. It starts in 2016, when our political leaders have left the world a radioactive ruin. Our last hope is […]

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Books to look forward to in October, part 1

by Paul

Categories: Books

Three-quarters of the way through the year, and October is when publishers really get their autumn lists going. So this month we’ve got some really big names, including William Gibson, Tanith Lee, Ken MacLeod and Connie Willis. But they’re all lined up for the the follow up posts to this one. We’ve got enough big […]

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Clarke at 100: Rendezvous with Rama

by Paul

Categories: Books

Rendezvous With Rama was the first novel Clarke wrote after the international acclaim of 2001, A Space Odyssey. It was also the most successful novel he wrote, at least in terms of awards. It won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, along with the BSFA Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award and Locus Award. None of his […]

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Harvey Jacobs

by Paul

Categories: People

On the same day that Kit Reed died, we also learned of the death of Harvey Jacobs, also, it would seem, from a brain tumor. He was 87.        Jacobs was a writer mostly known for his comic satires of near-future urban American life. Beautiful Soup, for instance, tells the story of an […]

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Kit Reed

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of Kit Reed. She was 85 and had been suffering from a brain tumor about which, in characteristic fashion, she told no one except her closest family. Reed started writing when she was five years old, and wrote pretty much every day since then. Her first publications appeared in the […]

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Hacked off!

by Paul

Seriously? Someone hacked the site? Why? But we’re back. Normal service will resume with the new week. Or at least initially, a catch-up service. But before then we’ve a couple of bits of sad news to report. Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0Reddit0Total0

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