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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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Ursula K. Le Guin

by Paul

Categories: People

The death has been announced of Ursula K. Le Guin. She was 88. It is almost impossible to write about Le Guin without making her sound less than she was. She is revered for her wisdom, but that wisdom is revealed in the subtle and complex humanity that pervades her best work, rather than in […]

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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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New, from three of the biggest stars of British SF

by Paul

Another problem with the blog, or rather, it would seem to be a hangover from the previous issue. And we think we’ve finally sorted it out now (cross fingers, touch wood, and any other good luck gesture you can think of). It came at an irritating time, though, since I’d wanted to put this post […]

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13 new books to look out for in November

by Paul

Good grief, we’re already close to the end of the year. And November sees something of a lull in sf publishing. Certainly there are fewer books that have caught our eye than in recent months. But the list still includes a couple of real biggies. Shadow Sun Seven by Spencer Ellsworth First up is a […]

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Do androids really dream of electric sheep?

by Paul

The other day, we linked to a post that talked about how the title, Blade Runner, originally came from an obscure novel by Alan E. Nourse. I was reminded of that when I came across a review of Blade Runner 2049 in The London Review of Books. It’s a pretty good review in general, more measured than some […]

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Julian May

by Paul

The death has been reported of Julian May. She was 86. Julian May had been active in science fiction fandom in the early 1950s, and was married to the editor and publisher, T.E. Dikty, from 1953 until his death in 1991. She had a story, “Dune Roller”, published in Astounding in 1951, but most of […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Time to check out what is happening elsewhere on the web.  The other day we wrote about the “Great Peculiars” of science fiction, one of which was Howard Waldrop, (whose best short fiction is collected in Things Will Never be the Same and Other Worlds, Better Lives), so it’s good to see this profile of a writer […]

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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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