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5 ways history changed

by Paul

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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Books to look forward to in October, part 3

by Paul

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

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

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

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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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Classic Reviews

by Paul

I know, it’s been a little while since we added to this feature, but there are always more books to add to the library. And this post takes us back, in a sense, to the early days of science fiction scholarship. The earliest sf scholarship was probably bibliographies, fans compiling detailed and complete lists of […]

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5 Australian sf writers you should be reading

by Paul

Let’s face it, when you talk about sf it’s all too easy to limit the discussion to the usual suspects: mostly Americans, a few Brits, and the occasional Canadian (who has probably been mistaken for an American). But there’s a whole world of science fiction out there, which can too often slip by unnoticed. True, […]

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13 Books you won’t want to miss in September

by Paul

September is shaping up to be a month for the big names, with new books from Ann Leckie, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Dave Hutchinson among others. And that’s not counting the oddities of international publishing, which sees Adam Roberts’s new novel, The Real-Town Murders out in the UK this month, but not out in America […]

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Clarke at 100: 2010

by Paul

In my re-reading of Arthur C. Clarke’s work, I’ve started to come to the conclusion that the two big novels that came at the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s – 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama – marked a sea change in Clarke’s writing. After those two novels he was […]

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5 of the Best: Bob Shaw

by Paul

In the 20 years or so since Bob Shaw died, his name has faded somewhat from the consciousness of science fiction readers, which is a tragedy. Because at his best, Bob Shaw was a master of complex and original ideas that he somehow managed to turn into convivial and engaging novels. For some 30 years, […]

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