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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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The SF Books we’re looking forward to in April, part 2

by Paul

And here we go with the second part of our long list of new books for April. Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews Ever since An Exchange of Hostages, Susan R. Matthews has been building up a long, bloody and complex series of space operas centred on the doctor turned reluctant torturer, Andrej Koscuisko. Now, in the […]

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5 Science Fiction Books about Immortals

by Paul

Books, Lists Categories: Books

Reading Claire North’s Touch, I was struck that here was yet another variation on a theme we find throughout science fiction: the avoidance of death. Throughout the history of science fiction there have been a whole stream of fascinating characters who somehow manage not to die. These are some of my favourites. Jumbo Hank Clerval Brittle […]

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Most Anticipated Science Fiction Books of 2016

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

Every year now, the Arthur C. Clarke Award receives well over 100 submissions. That’s a reasonable guide to the number of science fiction novels that are published in any year, isn’t it? Well, no; it barely scratches the surface. The number of sf books published in any one year now numbers in the thousands (when you […]

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Best Science Fiction Books of 2015: Lists from Around the Web and Amendments

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

Well, the end of the year has, as ever, brought with it a whole host of posts announcing the best science fiction novels of the year. Here’s a fairly representative selection: At i09 Andrew Liptak lists “The Very Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015“. SciFi Now lists “20 Books you should have read […]

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Best Science Fiction Novels of 2014

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

We’ve already given our idea of the best novels of the year on the main site, but we drew that list up well before any of the year’s awards were announced. So how do our choices compare with what the voters and juries for the various awards decided? Well, we’ve gone through the results, given 1 […]

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Awards 2015: John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Congratulations to The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which has won this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

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Awards 2015: Top Books

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Okay, we’ve got all the shortlists in, and even some of the winners. So it’s time to count up and see who’s doing best in this award season. So we’ve gone through all the shortlists, and totalled the nominations up. And the results are very interesting. First, some qualifications. Shortlists vary: there are 16 titles […]

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Awards 2015: The John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The list of finalists for the John W.Campbell Memorial Award has now been announced: The Race – Nina Allan (Newcon Press) A Darkling Sea – James L. Cambias (Tor) The Peripheral – William Gibson (Putnam) Afterparty – Daryl Gregory (Tor) Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves – Simon Ings (Gollancz) The Three-Body Problem […]

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Awards 2015: Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel has been named the winner of the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. In a crowded ceremony at London’s Foyle’s Bookshop, Pat Cadigan, twice a winner of the award, opened the envelope and made the announcement. In a message of thanks read out by her UK publisher, Mandel noted […]

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