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And another 8 books for February

by Paul

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So we soldier on with our stripped down version of the blog, and conclude our round-up of the new books due in February. The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith Gavin Smith has made a name for himself with hard-hitting, often brutal military sf, and as the title of this new novel shows, this is right […]

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8 more books for February

by Paul

Categories: Books

It is frustrating, working with this stripped down format. Nevertheless, onward! Because here are more of the interesting-looking books due in February. Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon Elizabeth Moon’s latest military sf adventure featuring Admiral Kylara Vatta begins with a ragtag group of crash survivors seeking refuge on a remote arctic island. But the […]

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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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9 further books for the new year

by Paul

And we complete our run through the new books for January. Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober What would it be like if the Founding Fathers had the internet? That’s the intriguing premise behind this debut novel. In 1777, just after a secret Congressional committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a cyber […]

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9 more books for the new year

by Paul

And here we go with the second tranche of new books for January: Emergence by C.J. Cherryh A station in a distant sector of space has been destroyed, and so Alpha Station is now crowded with refugees. The station itself cannot cope, so the refugees will have to be relocated to the planet surface. But […]

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9 new books for the new year

by Paul

Welcome to 2018, everybody. And let’s get the year started the way we intend to go on, with a round up of the new books for this month. In fact, we’ve spotted so many books scheduled for January that we’ve split this post into three. And without more ado, here’s the first third of our […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Iain M. Banks

by Paul

The first book from Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory, was published on his 30th birthday in 1984. The last novel, The Quarry, came out just days after his death in 2013. In total he wrote 14 novels as by Iain Banks, many of which had science fictional or fantastic overtones; and 12 novels and one short story […]

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Clarke at 100

by Paul

Saturday 16th December, two days away as I post this, would have been Arthur C. Clarke’s 100th birthday. Throughout the year, in celebration, we’ve been re-reading his books: The Sands of Mars (post here) Childhood’s End (post here) Earthlight (post here) The City and the Stars (post here) A Fall of Moondust (post here) 2001, […]

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5 Wintery Tales

by Paul

Baby, it’s cold outside – as the old song has it. At least, it is for those of us in the North. And as winter starts to bite, here’s a selection of stories to remind us how much nicer it is to stay indoors by the fire. Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss As we’re looking […]

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SF from Benelux you should be reading

by Paul

Our leisurely tour around the world of science fiction brings us to the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (though, apart from being the birthplace of Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg doesn’t really feature in this story). The old name for the region, “The Low Countries”, and the more recent name, “Benelux”, both suggest that this […]

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