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Our Top 10 of 2016

by Paul

How many books do you read? One a month? One a week? One a day? Honestly, you could get through one an hour, and you’d probably still not keep up with every single science fiction book published during the year. So when we say these are our best novels of 2016, bear that in mind. […]

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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 […]

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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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Campbell Award Finalists announced

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The finalists for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference which is held at the University of Kansas, 16-18 June. The 13 Finalists are:              The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds Zero K by Don DeLillo The Dream-Quest […]

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Shadow Clarke Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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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Ways of not dying in science fiction

by Paul

Books, Lists Categories: Books

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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Review – Zero K by Don DeLillo

by Paul

One of the most persistent themes that has run right through the history of science fiction is the avoidance of death. For a long time it was religion, with its various promises of rebirth or transmigration of the soul or the eternal life of heaven, that told humankind there was more beyond our brief mortal […]

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15 Best Science Fiction Books To Read This Summer

by Paul

Still not quite shaken off whatever it is that has left me under the weather lately, but it’s time to get a few more posts up on this blog. And I’m going to start by noting a few of the books that have caught my eye lately, books that offer great science fiction for the […]

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