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Awards round-up

July 30, 2017

And still the awards keep coming. These are some of the awards that have been announced over the last couple of weeks. Sunburst Awards The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Awards for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic. The full lists are here. Adult Fiction          Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire […]


William Sanders

July 29, 2017

Still catching up here. While I was away, the death was announced of William Sanders. In person, he seems to have been a somewhat prickly character who made enemies more easily than he made friends, and the obituaries were full of references to controversies that were usually of his making. But as a writer, particularly […]


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 […]