web analytics

Chris Beckett

9 new books for the new year

by Paul

Welcome to 2018, everybody. And let’s get the year started the way we intend to go on, with a round up of the new books for this month. In fact, we’ve spotted so many books scheduled for January that we’ve split this post into three. And without more ado, here’s the first third of our […]

Read More

New, from three of the biggest stars of British SF

by Paul

Another problem with the blog, or rather, it would seem to be a hangover from the previous issue. And we think we’ve finally sorted it out now (cross fingers, touch wood, and any other good luck gesture you can think of). It came at an irritating time, though, since I’d wanted to put this post […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

BSFA Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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 […]

Read More

10 Must-Read Books due in October

by Paul

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, […]

Read More

Whither the Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Now, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been no stranger to controversy. The very first award, to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, aroused a lot of dissent; dissent which was even louder a few years later when Body of Glass by Marge Piercy won. […]

Read More

Arthur C. Clarke Award Submissions List

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

As has now become traditional, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has released the full list of submissions for this year’s award. There are 113 books from 41 different publishers and imprints, which is, if my memory serves, the third year in a row that more than 100 books have been submitted. The full list is […]

Read More

BSFA Awards Shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the 2015 BSFA Awards: Best Novel Dave Hutchinson: Europe at Midnight, Solaris Chris Beckett: Mother of Eden, Corvus Aliette de Bodard: The House of Shattered Wings, Gollancz Ian McDonald: Luna: New Moon, Gollancz Justina Robson: Glorious Angels, Gollancz   Best Short Story Aliette de Bodard: “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Clarkesworld 100 Paul Cornell: “Witches of Lychford”, Tor.com Jeff Noon: “No Rez”, Interzone 260 Nnedi Okorafor, “Binti”, Tor.com Gareth L. Powell: “Ride the Blue Horse”, Matter   Best Non-Fiction Nina Allan: “Time Pieces: Doctor Change or Doctor Die”, Interzone 261 Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce: Letters to Tiptree, Twelfth Planet Press Jonathan McCalmont: “What Price Your Critical Agency”, Ruthless Culture. Adam Roberts: Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014, Steel Quill Books Jeff Vandermeer: “From Annihilation to Acceptance: a writer’s surreal journey”, The Atlantic, January 2015   Best Artwork Jim Burns, Cover of Pelquin’s Comet, Newcon Press Vincent Sammy: “Songbird”, Interzone 257 Sarah Anne Langton: Cover of Jews Versus Zombies, Jurassic London

Read More