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Ben H. Winters

5 Alternate Histories of the Civil War

by Paul

It has been said that there are more books about Abraham Lincoln than about any other historical figure except Jesus. Mind you, the same thing has been said about Napoleon and about Hitler and probably about Stalin, so we should take that claim with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, there are an awful lot of […]

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Year’s Best according to the awards

by Paul

Each year, we take a look at which novels have been identified as the best of the year according to the various voters and jurors for the different sf awards. So, which of 2016’s novels stood out? Well, the first thing you notice is that no novel has won more than one award. The year’s […]

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Sidewise Awards shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. The shortlisted works are: Best Long-Form Alternate History        The Apostle Killer by Richard Beard Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood Best Short-Form Alternate History           “The Danish Crutch” by Anna Belfrage (1066 […]

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Campbell Award Finalists announced

by Paul

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The finalists for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference which is held at the University of Kansas, 16-18 June. The 13 Finalists are:              The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds Zero K by Don DeLillo The Dream-Quest […]

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Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

by Paul

As Cora first boards the Underground Railroad she is told, “Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America”. The bitter joke, of course, is that when you look out from a train underground there is nothing to see but a uniform darkness. When I reviewed Underground Airlines by Ben […]

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Review: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

by Paul

… that’s just the way things go If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street ‘Less you want to draw the heat Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”     It is 40 years since our latest Nobel laureate pointed out the running sore in the American body politic. It wasn’t new then, […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Time for another round-up of things I’ve noticed elsewhere on the world wide web. Let’s start with one of the true masters of science fiction, Brian Aldiss, whose The Complete Short Stories has now reached the 1960s, though it takes four volumes (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) to cover the decade. (Incidentally, if […]

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