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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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Octavia E. Butler

by Paul

Okay, choosing Samuel R. Delany to kick off our survey of black sf writers was maybe a little obvious. But then, so is Octavia E. Butler. Yet you can’t really talk about modern science fiction without mentioning either of them. And because they are essential, sometimes you have to be obvious. The differences between them […]

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Review: Everything Belongs to the Future

by Paul

Oxford has always been a divided city: town and gown, the privileged and the plebeian, academe and industry, the hallowed past and the dirty present; so Oxford makes for an appropriate setting for the new class divisions at the heart of Laurie Penny’s short novel, Everything Belongs to the Future. It is the end of this […]

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Hilary Bailey & Emma Tennant

by Paul

The deaths have been announced within two days of each other of two writers and editors who were friends, occasional collaborators, and closely associated with the British new wave, though their work has tended to be under-appreciated within the sf community. Hilary Bailey, born in 1936, was the author of one of the classic alternate […]

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Discovering Margaret Cavendish

by Paul

Let’s face it, there aren’t that many science fiction writers who have appeared in novels. H.G. Wells, of course, in a whole variety of books from Christopher Priest’s The Space Machine to David Lodge’s A Man of Parts, and Philip K. Dick in Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas by Michael Bishop. Well, now there’s a new and […]

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