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Clarke at 100: The Fountains of Paradise

October 27, 2017

Reportedly, Arthur C. Clarke himself regarded The Fountains of Paradise as his best novel. He could be right. As we’ve noted already, the big hits of his career, 2001, A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama and their respective sequels, actually represent a decline in the quality of his writing. Characters have become less clearly distinguished, less fully […]


3 Finnish sf writers you should be reading

October 23, 2017

Our peripatetic journey around a world of science fiction that isn’t entirely Anglo-American brings us to Finland, a country that has developed its own particular take on fiction with a weird inflection. And there are three contemporary writers that really stand out, so much so that if you’ve not read them yet you are missing […]


Julian May

October 20, 2017

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 […]