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Jack Vance at 100

August 29, 2016

1916 was a good year. There seem to have been several major writers to have been born that year, among them Jack Vance, whose 100th birthday was yesterday. To be honest, I’ve never been a great fan of his sometimes florid writing style, though his brilliant many-worlds novella, “Rumfuddle”, (collected in Terry Carr’s Best Science […]

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Sidewise Award Winners announced

August 28, 2016

I nearly missed this, but it seems that the winners of the Sidewise Awards for alternate history were among the plethora of awards announced at the recent Worldcon. The winners are: Long Form The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew         Short Form “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Bill Crider (Tales from the Otherverse)

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Great News for African SF

The African Speculative Fiction Society is a brand new body that has been set up to unite writers, editors, publishers, graphic artists and film makers of Speculative Fiction throughout Africa. In the words of Sofia Samatar, it will “create a space for African speculative fiction writers to network, organize, learn from each other, and debate. It […]

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7 unmissable Tiptree stories

August 27, 2016

If she’d lived, James Tiptree Jr., would have been 101 this month. Which is as good an excuse as any to look back at one of the best and most important short story writers in the history of science fiction. Alice Bradley Sheldon had a varied career, including working for the American intelligence community during […]

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Indie Fantasy of the month

If you are looking for some of the best indie fantasy science fiction has to over, look no further than Ryk Brown's awesome Frontier Saga. At over 14 books long, this military science fiction adventure is gripping all the way through.

Fans of military space opera and against impossible odds science fiction (lots of ship to ship battles, unexpected new-captain manning the helm of spaceship, lost crew trying to get home, etc) will love this one.

SO if you love military science fiction or space opera, do check this out. It's one of my favorite science fiction series right now, indie or not.

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