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These are the Ways the World Ends: Pestilence

by Paul

This week we’re looking at the different ways that science fiction has looked at the end of the world, or at least the end of human civilisation. The three horsemen of the sf apocalypse are War, Pestilence and the Environment. Today, it’s the turn of … Pestilence One of the more powerful of contemporary novels […]

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13 Books you won’t want to miss in September

by Paul

September is shaping up to be a month for the big names, with new books from Ann Leckie, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Dave Hutchinson among others. And that’s not counting the oddities of international publishing, which sees Adam Roberts’s new novel, The Real-Town Murders out in the UK this month, but not out in America […]

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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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Elsewhere

by Paul

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I’ve not been feeling too good recently, so while I crawl away to recuperate, here are a few things I’ve noticed around the internet. Ken MacLeod’s new novel, The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is the first volume in a new trilogy (the second volume will be along before the end of the year). To mark it’s publication, […]

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Whither the Arthur C. Clarke Award

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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. […]

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Best Science Fiction Novels of 2014

by Paul

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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: Top Books

by Paul

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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

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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

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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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Awards 2015: Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

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The Arthur C. Clarke Award is for the best science fiction novel receiving its first British publication. This year’s shortlist is: The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit) The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate) Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager) The First Fifteen Lives Of […]

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