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Science Fiction

The greatest sf authors?

by Paul

There’s a post I’ve just come across (it seems to be a year old, but you know how these things disappear and resurface on the web) that claims to list “The Greatest Sci-Fi Authors of All Time“. It’s an interesting, if largely predictable list: Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, […]

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Exciting new books for August, part 2

by Paul

The second half of our list of upcoming books this month includes some first rate names (Jeff Noon, Michael Swanwick) and some fascinating titles. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon Jeff Noon has been ploughing a very individual and distinctive furrow, every since his Clarke Award-winning debut, Vurt, and this new novel is no exception. […]

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Exciting new books for August, part 1

by Paul

What! It’s August already? No, it can’t be. Oh well, that means another great selection of wonderful new science fiction due out any day now. I hope you’re keeping up there, because there are books here you’re really won’t want to miss. As ever, so this whole thing doesn’t become too overwhelming (for me as […]

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Clarke at 100: 2001, A Space Odyssey

by Paul

1968 marked something of a sea change in the life and career of Arthur C. Clarke. Before that date, he was one of the giants of science fiction, though the iconoclasts of the New Wave were already identifying him as one of the dinosaurs whose time was past. To a probably lesser extent he was […]

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3 Books that Undermine Reality

by Paul

There is a point in Nina Allan’s The Rift, which I reviewed here recently, when we know that the same character is both alive and dead. It’s a chilling moment that is never resolved, so we close the book not quite sure what is real and what isn’t. Science fiction writers have always played around with […]

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Review: The Rift by Nina Allan

by Paul

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Sometimes, the way we read a book depends on how it is presented to us. If we are told that a novel is a psychological thriller, that is what we expect to read; if we are told that it is science fiction, then we will read it differently. The joy of Nina Allan’s second novel, […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 2

by Paul

So, the other day we told you about some of the books coming your way in July. But that wasn’t even half of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the hot summer month. So here are more books to look forward to. Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine David […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 1

by Paul

We’re coming up on the half way point of the year. Already? Where did it go? And there used to be a time when publishers drifted off to Mediterranean beaches or Tuscan villas around this time of year, so it was something of a fallow time for new books. Well, there were always plenty of […]

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Clarke at 100: The City and the Stars

by Paul

There was a habit that was popular with novelists for quite a long while, though you don’t see it very much these days: they would sign off the last page of the novel with the date and place they began and finished the writing. It was not a habit that Arthur C. Clarke followed much, […]

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