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5 ways history changed

by Paul

They are called “jonbar points”, from the moment in Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Time when a small boy, John Barr, picks up either a magnet or a pebble. One choice turns the world towards the good Jonbar empire, the other turns it towards the bad Gyronchi empire. They are, other words, the point of change […]

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These are the Ways the World Ends: Environment

by Paul

Concluding our short series on the end of the world, we come to those stories in which the world rises up against humanity. That other apocalyptic horseman, Famine, is the invariable companion of War and Pestilence; but science fiction has expanded on this. It is not just that humanity is unable to find sufficient food, […]

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The greatest sf authors?

by Paul

There’s a post I’ve just come across (it seems to be a year old, but you know how these things disappear and resurface on the web) that claims to list “The Greatest Sci-Fi Authors of All Time“. It’s an interesting, if largely predictable list: Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, […]

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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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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

Space opera is big again, what with Tor promising a summer of space opera, and the fuss accompanying the announcement that Jo Walton’s new book, due in February next year, is a space opera, Poor Relations. But space opera hasn’t always been popular. In fact, since it first appeared, about 90 years ago, space opera has […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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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Review: Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling

by Paul

In September 1919, the Paris Peace Conference had granted the city of Fiume and its surrounding territory on the north-east coast of the Adriatic to the new kingdom of what would become Yugoslavia. But the population of the city was largely Italian, leading to disagreements about the ultimate fate of Fiume. Taking advantage of the confusion, […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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It’s been one of those weeks when other commitments have derailed my plans for this blog. It happens. But I can at least let you share some of the things I’ve spotted around the web recently. Let’s start with Arthur C. Clarke, since we’re celebrating his centenary this year (we’ve already started at this blog). […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

by Paul

This was the decade in which some right-wing commentators proclaimed the end of history, and to be fair that’s how it felt. The fall of the Berlin Wall had been the trigger that ended the Cold War, and throughout the early years of the decade we saw the gradual but inevitable disintegration of the Soviet […]

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12 Great New SF Titles to start 2017

by Paul

Hi, have a good break? I did, but I’m glad to be back at the blog. Particularly as there’s so much going on this year. And if the books coming out in January are anything to go by, it’s going to be a great year in science fiction. Just look at these books: 4 3 […]

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