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Whitehead wins Clarke Award

July 28, 2017

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been named the 31st winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. After a sometimes fraught few months, there was, in the end, remarkable unity between the Clarke Award and the Shadow Clarke jury, who, earlier the same day, had named The Underground Railroad as their choice. Whitehead is now in line […]


3 Books that Undermine Reality

July 26, 2017

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 […]



July 18, 2017

Honestly, I did not intend to come back from holiday and then immediately disappear again. But when I got back, I found there was a glitch with the blog. I’m not exactly sure what, but it’s getting in the way of producing the sort of posts I want to do. Hopefully, it is being sorted […]