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Tobias Buckell

by Paul

Nalo Hopkinson isn’t the only Caribbean writer to have emerged in recent years, there’s also Tobias S. Buckell who was born on Grenada, but his Caribbean roots have affected his science fiction in very different ways.           He first came to prominence with his Xenowealth or Benevolent Satrapy sequence. The sequence begins […]

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Nalo Hopkinson

by Paul

If the stories of Nnedi Okorafor retain the cadences and myths of West Africa, the voice we hear in Nalo Hopkinson’s work is Caribbean, both in the language and in the characteristic use of voodoo and other mythic figures. Hopkinson was born in Jamaica but moved to Canada while still in her teens, and the […]

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Nnedi Okorafor

by Paul

So, last week in our survey of black science fiction writers, we looked at some of the long-established black writers. This week, it’s time to turn to some of the writers who have emerged in the last decade or so. We begin with Nnedi Okorafor, an American writer of Nigerian extraction who has, throughout her […]

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Steven Barnes

by Paul

I suppose there’s an impression that black writers should write about black issues: after all, that’s the life they inhabit. But it’s no more the case than the idea that writers of any other particular group should write exclusively about that group. Steven Barnes is a case in point, because the science fiction he’s most […]

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Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Okay, starting our survey of black sf writers with Samuel R. Delany is probably too obvious. I mean, if you’re not already reading Delany, what are you doing here anyway. Yet his importance, as both a black writer and a gay writer, is almost impossible to overestimate. For many black readers and writers of science […]

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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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10 Essential SF Books of the 1920s

by Paul

Our peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction takes us back to that curious decade, the 1920s, back by some reckonings, to the very beginning of science fiction itself. In retrospect, the 1920s was a transitional age. It emerged from the end of the First World War, whose horrors and with them the decimation […]

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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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