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18 mainstream authors shortlisted for SF Awards

by Paul

A little while ago, a columnist at Slate published a piece about mainstream writers venturing into science fiction. It’s a piece that has been pretty widely mocked in sf circles, though not always for the right reasons. But the truth is that this is not a new phenomenon; the distinction between sf and mainstream has always […]

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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 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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Science Fiction and the Booker Prize

by Paul

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The longlist for the 2016 Booker Prize has just been released, and there’s a science fiction novel on it. Hystopia by David Means is an alternate history, set during President John F. Kennedy’s third term in office. And with the Vietnam War still raging, a new federal office is using drugs and therapy to wipe […]

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

by Paul

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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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Book Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (The 2015 World Fantasy Award Winner)

by Paul

Congratulations to David Mitchell on winning the World Fantasy Award for his novel, The Bone Clocks. But let us not forget that this novel is at least as much science fiction as it is fantasy – perhaps more so. It’s a novel about immortality; or rather, it is about two forms of immortality that are at war […]

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4 Science Fiction Books About The Decline and Simplification of Language in the Future

by Paul

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I re-read Max Beerbohm’s wonderful time travel story, “Enoch Soames” recently. If you haven’t read it, you should; it’s in The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and that’s a collection you should have anyway. There’s a point when Enoch Soames returns from his visit to 1997 with an example of that writing […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Once more, it’s time to visit a few of the things I’ve spotted on-line recently. Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods which is about to become an American TV series, and David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks, met for the first time in London recently. Their conversation is recorded here. Is Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama […]

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