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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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How to Build Your SF Reference Library 2, Histories

by Paul

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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6 MUST READ Science Fiction Books for December

by Paul

Okay, it’s the end of the year, everything’s winding down for the holidays. But somehow, amazingly, books are still being published, and some pretty damned good books at that. These are some that have caught our eye. And half of them are short story collections, is it something about December? Take Back the Sky by […]

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Discovering Margaret Cavendish

by Paul

Let’s face it, there aren’t that many science fiction writers who have appeared in novels. H.G. Wells, of course, in a whole variety of books from Christopher Priest’s The Space Machine to David Lodge’s A Man of Parts, and Philip K. Dick in Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas by Michael Bishop. Well, now there’s a new and […]

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The 15 Must-Have Science Fiction Books for Christmas 2016

by Paul

It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re trying to hint to family and friends that these are the books you’d really like to receive, or possibly when you’re looking around for exactly the right book to give to someone you love. Well, honestly, it’s been a great year for science fiction, and […]

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Discover Ted Chiang before everyone else does

by Paul

It looks like Ted Chiang is going to be the new Philip K. Dick. That is, his work is going to be the source for first rate intelligent science fiction films. The new film, Arrival, based on his short story, “Story of Your Life”, is already a big hit at cinemas around the world. But it […]

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How to build an SF Reference Library, 1 – Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Okay, you love science fiction. But it’s not just the fiction you like. You want to read about it, find out more about the authors or books or ideas that interest you most. After all, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you. Well, you’re in luck, because there’s an absolute wealth of books out there that […]

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Two more for President Trump

by Paul

… and it feels strange and awful to type that: President Trump! Good grief, what a horror! While we were waking up to the terrible news, I was amused to notice that It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis has become a bestseller since the result was announced. First published in 1935, this is one of […]

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The best sf to recommend to non-sf readers

by Paul

Every sf blog does a post like this eventually. And they all get it wrong. Because they are all about what turned the author onto sf, not what a non-sf reader might be looking for. You can see the thinking, time after time: oh Embassytown by China Mieville blew me away, so it’s bound to have […]

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