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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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… and SF novels shortlisted for mainstream prizes

by Paul

The other day we noted some of the mainstream writers who had been shortlisted for (or had even won) major science fiction awards. But the news that Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Women’s Prize for The Power was a reminder that the traffic isn’t all one way. Admittedly, there are fewer sf novels being shortlisted […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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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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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

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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5 of the Best: Joanna Russ

by Paul

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

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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12 more books we’re looking forward to in May

by Paul

So, a couple of days ago we gave you a whistlestop tour of some of the space operas and military sf due out this month. But that barely scratches the surface of the books being published in May. So here’s a bunch more books that you’re going to enjoy. The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford […]

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New for May: To Arms

by Paul

Compiling our list of new books out in May, it seems to be a month of space operas and military sf. So we thought we’d start our listing with these nine titles. The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis We start with a swashbuckling steampunk adventure where airships are the front line in an on-going war. Josette […]

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