web analytics

Andre Norton

Julian May

by Paul

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 […]

Read More

Elsewhere

by Paul

Links Categories: Links

Work forced me to take my eyes off the blog for the last week or so, but I’ve still been keeping a lookout for interesting things to share. And actually there’s quite a bit recently. Let’s start with someone who has a good claim to be one of the very best sf writers: Ursula K. Le […]

Read More

10 books we’re really looking forward to this September

by Paul

Books, Lists Categories: Books

As publishing schedules gather pace for the autumn, there are some cracking sf books due out this month. These are some of the titles that look particularly enticing. A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton This is the sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams and completes Hamilton’s Chronicle of the […]

Read More

10 Must Read Science Fiction Books From the 1950s

by Paul

You know, there are people out there who insist that you cannot write sf, or write about sf, until you have read everything. Yeah, I know: stupid! These days you can’t even read everything published in a year, so how are you supposed to read the thousands upon thousands of works from last year or […]

Read More

The Best Science Fiction by C.J. Cherryh ‘Grand Master of Science Fiction’

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) has announced that C.J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Grand Master Award is a lifetime honour presented annually at the Nebula Awards banquet in May. The award […]

Read More

Best Female Science Fiction before 1980: The SF Canon Men Don’t See

by Paul

While I was away (yes, I had a lovely holiday, thank you for asking), a couple of really interesting blog posts appeared: “Communities: Weight of History” by Renay came first, which elicited a response from Nina Allan, “The Weight of History“, and then, just yesterday, Maureen Speller added “{and then} – a writing life beyond […]

Read More

Considering the Hugos

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

In a long and thoughtful response to this post, Nirvan asked me to write at greater length about the Hugo Awards. My first response was: oh dear me no, I don’t want to step further into that minefield. Then I thought again, and decided I would, partly because I’ve been sceptical about the value of […]

Read More