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Science Fiction

5 Comic SF Novels

by Paul

Categories: Lists

I’ve been holding off posting in the hope that the glitches we’ve experienced recently might be cleared up. But no luck so far. So here’es something light to remind you that we’re still here … Comedy is hard. Science fiction comedy is harder still. Oh there’s a lot of it out there, but an inordinate […]

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And another 8 books for February

by Paul

Categories: Books

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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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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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 2: Other Worlds

by Paul

Okay, for science fiction you really need strange worlds and alien creatures. Well, no you don’t, really; but it is still one of the typical characteristics of an awful lot of sf. And it’s a characteristic that goes right back to the early days of sf. Back, indeed, to those ancient Greek writers who wrote […]

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Happy 200th Birthday to Science Fiction?

by Paul

At the beginning of January 1818 a new book was published, a novel written by a woman still in her teens, and begun as part of a ghost story competition with Lord Byron, Dr John Polidori and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Frankenstein; or, A Modern Prometheus came out from the firm of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor […]

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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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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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Review: You Should Come With Me Now by M. John Harrison

by Paul

“If the disaster can be said to be unevenly distributed,” one of M. John Harrison’s hapless characters writes: “Brentford is one of the places it has been distributed to.” Harrison’s characters exist on the edge, though they are never exactly sure what it is the edge of. On one side is something that passes for […]

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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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