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9 further books for the new year

by Paul

And we complete our run through the new books for January. Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober What would it be like if the Founding Fathers had the internet? That’s the intriguing premise behind this debut novel. In 1777, just after a secret Congressional committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a cyber […]

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Clarke at 100: The City and the Stars

by Paul

There was a habit that was popular with novelists for quite a long while, though you don’t see it very much these days: they would sign off the last page of the novel with the date and place they began and finished the writing. It was not a habit that Arthur C. Clarke followed much, […]

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10 Essential SF Titles of the 2000s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction gets close to home now. The first decade of the new century began with the Millennium Bug scare, which turned out to be nothing and ever since then we’ve tended more and more to embrace digital technology rather than shy away from it. Besides, that minor panic was very […]

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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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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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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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Ways of not dying in science fiction

by Paul

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When I wrote about Zero K recently, I said that avoidance of death was one of the key themes that runs through the entire history of science fiction. So I thought it would be fun to look at some of the ways of not dying you can find in science fiction. Actually, the Culture novels […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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It’s one of those months when anybody interested in astronomy, astrophysics, space – you know, all that stuff that science fiction does – must have been in seventh heaven. I mean, just look at the stuff that’s been coming out. There’s the discovery of an Earth-like world that could be capable of sustaining life in orbit […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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I’ve not been feeling too good recently, so while I crawl away to recuperate, here are a few things I’ve noticed around the internet. Ken MacLeod’s new novel, The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is the first volume in a new trilogy (the second volume will be along before the end of the year). To mark it’s publication, […]

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Top 5 Best Far Future Science Fiction About Dyson Spheres

by Paul

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It is not a very dramatic name: KIC 8462852. But it could be the site for one of the most startling discoveries in science. Because this star, which is getting on for 1,500 light years away, is orbited by something that blocks the light from the star for up to 80 days at a time. That’s […]

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