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Elsewhere

by Paul

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We’re about to take a break for the holiday, but we thought we’d leave you with a meaty selection of goodies found around the web. Let’s start with something historic and modern at the same time. Adam Roberts, author of The Real-Town Murders, is continuing his read-through of the entire works of H.G. Wells, and it […]

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13 new books to look out for in November

by Paul

Good grief, we’re already close to the end of the year. And November sees something of a lull in sf publishing. Certainly there are fewer books that have caught our eye than in recent months. But the list still includes a couple of real biggies. Shadow Sun Seven by Spencer Ellsworth First up is a […]

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Hugo Award Winners Announced

by Paul

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So, that was the biggie. This year’s Hugo Awards have been announced at MidAmericon. And the winners are: BEST NOVEL The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) BEST NOVELLA Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com) BEST NOVELETTE “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015) BEST SHORT STORY “Cat Pictures Please” by […]

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5 Best Science Fiction Books About Islands

by Paul

I was putting together a new list for the main site recently, on sf in translation, and I came to The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, which reminded me, inevitably, of The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells, and all at once I was thinking about islands in sf. Islands have been a feature […]

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Return of the Puppies

by Paul

As the deadline approaches for this year’s Hugo Award nominations, the Sad Puppies have once more stirred themselves. But this year, things are different. In what is, I am sure, an attempt to step away from the toxic brand they had become, they have not produced a slate, but rather a list of recommendations. In […]

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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir (AKA ‘The Martian Crusoe’)

by Paul

So I have finally seen the film of The Martian (based on the novel by Andy Weir). I know, I know, I’m a year behind everyone else, but hey, I got there in the end. I am still not convinced by the story. I’m not sure that the atmosphere on Mars is dense enough to sustain […]

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Awards 2015: Top Books

by Paul

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Okay, we’ve got all the shortlists in, and even some of the winners. So it’s time to count up and see who’s doing best in this award season. So we’ve gone through all the shortlists, and totalled the nominations up. And the results are very interesting. First, some qualifications. Shortlists vary: there are 16 titles […]

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Awards 2015: The John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

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The list of finalists for the John W.Campbell Memorial Award has now been announced: The Race – Nina Allan (Newcon Press) A Darkling Sea – James L. Cambias (Tor) The Peripheral – William Gibson (Putnam) Afterparty – Daryl Gregory (Tor) Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves – Simon Ings (Gollancz) The Three-Body Problem […]

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