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5 of the Best: Nina Allan

by Paul

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If you’re looking for which of the newer generation of writers is going to be the next big thing, it might be worth keeping your eyes on Nina Allan. She’s already published a handful of books, most of them short story collections. Each is better than the last, and each is getting a lot of […]

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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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Kit Reed

by Paul

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The death has been announced of Kit Reed. She was 85 and had been suffering from a brain tumor about which, in characteristic fashion, she told no one except her closest family. Reed started writing when she was five years old, and wrote pretty much every day since then. Her first publications appeared in the […]

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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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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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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 3

by Paul

Concluding our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day (not quite a full alphabet, there’s a shortage of names beginning with I, Q and X), we move on to: Kit Reed           Kit Reed has been producing stories for well over half a century now, and they are united only […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 2

by Paul

Continuing our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day, we take up the list at: Kij Johnson It is purely a accident of the alphabet, but this tranche begins with writers who have made a particular impact with their short fiction. Kij Johnson’s novels have tended to be animal fantasies, but her short […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 1

by Paul

To coincide with International Women’s Day, we’ve put together an A-Z of women sf writers you should be reading. The list doesn’t even pretend to be exhaustive, for a start we’re keeping to just one writer per letter so the list could be many many many times longer than it actually is (on the plus […]

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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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