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9 more books for the new year

by Paul

And here we go with the second tranche of new books for January: Emergence by C.J. Cherryh A station in a distant sector of space has been destroyed, and so Alpha Station is now crowded with refugees. The station itself cannot cope, so the refugees will have to be relocated to the planet surface. But […]

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Books to look forward to in October, part 1

by Paul

Three-quarters of the way through the year, and October is when publishers really get their autumn lists going. So this month we’ve got some really big names, including William Gibson, Tanith Lee, Ken MacLeod and Connie Willis. But they’re all lined up for the the follow up posts to this one. We’ve got enough big […]

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Tidhar/Valente win Campbell/Sturgeon Awards

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The winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Campbell Award for Best Novel went to Central Station by Lavie Tidhar The Sturgeon Award for Best Short Story went to “The Future is Blue” by Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds ed. Jonathan Strahan)

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11 more books to enjoy in June

by Paul

Here we are, back again, with yet more of the books that will be published in June. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2017 Edition edited by Rich Horton Yet another of our annual Best of the Year anthologies makes its appearance this month. This is the ninth year this series has been running, […]

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Sturgeon Award shortlist announced

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The finalists for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on June 16th. The shortlisted stories are:              Nina Allan, The Art of Space Travel. Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood. […]

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Locus Award shortlists

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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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Eugie Award shortlist announced

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The Eugie short story award, named in honour of the late Eugie Foster, has announced its shortlist for the 2017 award.          “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016) “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2016) “Seasons […]

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Shadow Clarke Award

by Paul

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The idea of a Shadow Jury for literary awards is something that has become increasingly common in Britain over the last few years. There are shadow juries for the Booker Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and several others. They emerged out of two considerations: on the one hand the discussions and the decision processes of […]

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10 Must-Read Books due in October

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October looks as if it is going to be every bit as exciting a month in science fiction as September was. These are ten of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the coming weeks. Daughter of Eden – Chris Beckett The first novel in this sequence, Dark Eden, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, […]

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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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