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E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith

Discovering the Award Winners: Retro Hugos

by Paul

Back in the early 1950s, when the Hugo Awards were born, Worldcon organizers had much more liberty to choose what was and was not included in their programme. So after the 1953 Worldcon decided to introduce the awards, the following year’s convention chose not to repeat the idea. It wasn’t until the 1955 Worldcon that […]

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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

Space opera is big again, what with Tor promising a summer of space opera, and the fuss accompanying the announcement that Jo Walton’s new book, due in February next year, is a space opera, Poor Relations. But space opera hasn’t always been popular. In fact, since it first appeared, about 90 years ago, space opera has […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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So we’re coming to the end of the year, and I’m about to take a break from the blog until January. Lots of good things planned for the New Year, but I need to recharge my batteries a little. (It has been a hell of a year in so many ways; I suspect we’ll all […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1920s

by Paul

Our peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction takes us back to that curious decade, the 1920s, back by some reckonings, to the very beginning of science fiction itself. In retrospect, the 1920s was a transitional age. It emerged from the end of the First World War, whose horrors and with them the decimation […]

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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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Retro-Hugos for 1941

by Paul

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On a happier note, there is one set of Hugos that are Puppy-free. The shortlists for the Retro Hugos for 1941 were announced at the same time as the main awards. The list is as follows: BEST NOVEL Kallocain by Karin Boye (Bonnier) Gray Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940) Slan by […]

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