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Clarke at 100: The City and the Stars

by Paul

There was a habit that was popular with novelists for quite a long while, though you don’t see it very much these days: they would sign off the last page of the novel with the date and place they began and finished the writing. It was not a habit that Arthur C. Clarke followed much, […]

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Clarke at 100: Childhood’s End

by Paul

Childhood’s End, the first of Arthur C. Clarke’s novels that we can truly consider a classic, began life as a short story, “Guardian Angel”, first published in 1950. The novel version was written, Clarke reports, “between February and December 1952, and extensively revised in the spring of 1953”. The date is important because, as we […]

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11 more books to enjoy in June

by Paul

Here we are, back again, with yet more of the books that will be published in June. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2017 Edition edited by Rich Horton Yet another of our annual Best of the Year anthologies makes its appearance this month. This is the ninth year this series has been running, […]

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10 books to look forward to in June

by Paul

It’s that time of the month already! Where does the time go? And here we are, with the first of two posts looking forward to the books coming out in June. The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 3 edited by David Afsharirad This annual anthology series continues with a collection of 15 tales […]

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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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Review: Alien Morning by Rick Wilber

by Paul

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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Clarke at 100: Collected Stories

by Paul

Arthur C. Clarke was not actually the most prolific of short story writers. Yes, his Collected Stories is a big, fat volume containing over 100 pieces, but these are brought together from a career stretching over 60 years. They range from his first published story, “Travel By Wire”, which appeared in an amateur magazine in December 1937, […]

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How to Build your SF Reference Library: H.G. Wells

by Paul

As you start to collect books about science fiction, you will, sooner rather than later, come to the problem: H.G. Wells. You see, there are probably more books about Wells than there are about any other science fiction writer. Actually, there are probably more books about Wells than there are about any four or five […]

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5 of the best: John Brunner

by Paul

Time is not kind to science fiction. Yesterday’s novelty can quickly become today’s commonplace, so we can rapidly lose track of which writers were innovative or daring or worth watching. Particularly after the writer has died and their books may no longer be in print. But there are any number of writers who made an […]

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The SF Books we’re looking forward to in April, part 2

by Paul

And here we go with the second part of our long list of new books for April. Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews Ever since An Exchange of Hostages, Susan R. Matthews has been building up a long, bloody and complex series of space operas centred on the doctor turned reluctant torturer, Andrej Koscuisko. Now, in the […]

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