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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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Catching up: Awards

by Paul

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Typical, isn’t it. Go away for a few days and suddenly a whole host of awards are announced. So, here’s a quick run down of the most recent awards. Locus Awards               Science Fiction Novel: Death’s End by Cixin Liu Young Adult Book: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds First Novel: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Novella: Every Heart a […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

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Locus has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Locus Award Weekend in Seattle in June. The full list of finalists is here, but these are the main science fiction categories: Science Fiction Novel                         […]

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BSFA Award shortlists

by Paul

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The shortlists for the BSFA Awards have been announced. Best Novel              Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz) Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton) Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz) Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press) Best Short Fiction              Malcolm […]

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The 15 Must-Have Science Fiction Books for Christmas 2016

by Paul

It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re trying to hint to family and friends that these are the books you’d really like to receive, or possibly when you’re looking around for exactly the right book to give to someone you love. Well, honestly, it’s been a great year for science fiction, and […]

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The best sf to recommend to non-sf readers

by Paul

Every sf blog does a post like this eventually. And they all get it wrong. Because they are all about what turned the author onto sf, not what a non-sf reader might be looking for. You can see the thinking, time after time: oh Embassytown by China Mieville blew me away, so it’s bound to have […]

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15 Best Science Fiction Books To Read This Summer

by Paul

Still not quite shaken off whatever it is that has left me under the weather lately, but it’s time to get a few more posts up on this blog. And I’m going to start by noting a few of the books that have caught my eye lately, books that offer great science fiction for the […]

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17 of the Best Science Fiction Writers Heavily Featured in SF Anthologies You Need to Read

by Paul

So yesterday I wrote about 7 massive sf anthologies which effectively serve as a history of the genre. It’s not an exhaustive list (there’s a similar anthology from Wesleyan, for instance), but for anyone wanting a crash course on science fiction’s past, particularly the 20th century, would find any of these a good place to start. […]

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An Introduction to Science Fiction Readings: Where to Start

by Paul

There are people out there who insist that you cannot write science fiction unless you know the history of science fiction. Yeah, I know, ludicrous, isn’t it. It’s impossible for any one person to read all the sf being published in any one year, so getting to grips with everything that has been written in […]

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4 Science Fiction Books About The Decline and Simplification of Language in the Future

by Paul

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I re-read Max Beerbohm’s wonderful time travel story, “Enoch Soames” recently. If you haven’t read it, you should; it’s in The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and that’s a collection you should have anyway. There’s a point when Enoch Soames returns from his visit to 1997 with an example of that writing […]

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