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9 new books for February

January 30, 2018

The blog still doesn’t seem to be behaving itself, but I’m sure you’ll excuse us if we’re limited to a more stripped-down appearance for a while. After all, it’s the end of the month, time to look forward to what’s on offer in February. It may be the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of […]



January 24, 2018

We seem to be facing an escalating series of glitches on the blog at the moment. Not exactly sure what it is, but for a short while you may not hear too much from us except the occasional scream of frustration. We’ll be back as soon as we can.


Ursula K. Le Guin

The death has been announced of Ursula K. Le Guin. She was 88. It is almost impossible to write about Le Guin without making her sound less than she was. She is revered for her wisdom, but that wisdom is revealed in the subtle and complex humanity that pervades her best work, rather than in […]


Discovering the Award Winners: 1955

January 17, 2018

The 1955 Worldcon in Cleveland revived the idea of an award ceremony from two years before. But they did rather change the awards. In 1953, there had been awards for Best Novel, Professional Magazine, Cover Artist, Interior Illustrator, Excellence in Fact Articles, New Author or Artist and No 1 Fan Personality. When the Hugo Awards […]