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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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Grania Davis

by Paul

We’re seeing reports of the death of Grania Davis, widow of Avram Davidson and an editor and short story writer in her own right. She was born in 1943, and was married to Davidson between 1962 and 1964, though they remained close after that and she was involved in the numerous posthumous collections of his […]

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Clarke at 100: Collected Stories

by Paul

Arthur C. Clarke was not actually the most prolific of short story writers. Yes, his Collected Stories is a big, fat volume containing over 100 pieces, but these are brought together from a career stretching over 60 years. They range from his first published story, “Travel By Wire”, which appeared in an amateur magazine in December 1937, […]

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William Hjortsberg

by Paul

The death has been announced of William Hjortsberg, the American writer, most of whose work occupied that indeterminate territory where the mainstream and the fantastic merge. As an indication of where his work lies in relation to the fantastic, he wrote a well-received biography of Richard Brautigan, Jubilee Hitchhiker. Brautigan, along with Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison, […]

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5 of the best: Keith Roberts

by Paul

Not so long ago, we wrote a post about John Brunner. It was intended as the first in a series about writers who are drifting out of our awareness, writers who are perhaps not enjoying the eminence their work deserves. Having started with Brunner, it seemed natural to follow up with his close contemporary, Keith […]

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Mike Levy

by Paul

The death has been announced of Mike Levy, who has served as Managing Editor of the scholarly journal Extrapolation since 2014. His works include a scholarly edition of A. Merritt’s The Moon Pool, and, co-authored with Farah Mendlesohn, Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, along with numerous scholarly articles and book reviews. He was awarded the Thomas D. Clareson […]

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14 more Afrofuturists you should be reading

by Paul

For the last month we’ve celebrated Black History Month by looking at some of the great black science fiction writers (Afrofuturist is now the vogue term for black sf writer). So far we’ve considered Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson and Tobias Buckell, but that barely skims the surface […]

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Anthony Burgess at 100

by Paul

Today, Anthony Burgess would have turned 100. A prolific writer, and also a composer, he was best known for his mainstream work, But his fiction often incorporated elements of the fantastic, and some were overtly science fiction. The earliest and most famous of these was A Clockwork Orange, set in a dystopian near-future in which disaffected […]

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Susan Casper

by Paul

The death, after a long illness, has been announced of Susan Casper. She was not a prolific author, but wrote a number of highly regarded short stories, many in collaboration with her husband, Gardner Dozois. Much of her best collaborative work with Dozois is collected in Slow Dancing Through Time, with also includes work with Jack […]

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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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