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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 1: This World

by Paul

So, a couple of days ago, we reported on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Because Brian Aldiss had identified this as the first true sf novel, some people have also said that it’s also the 200th birthday of science fiction itself. It is not, and as promised here’s a bunch of stuff published long […]

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7 Awesome Critical Utopian Science Fiction Books You Need To Read

by Paul

It was about this time 500 years ago that Thomas More set out for Bruges. He was part of a delegation sent to negotiate a trade deal, but he ended up having time on his hands. Travel being what it was in those days, it was a couple of months before the people he was […]

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5 Best Science Fiction Books About Islands

by Paul

I was putting together a new list for the main site recently, on sf in translation, and I came to The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, which reminded me, inevitably, of The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells, and all at once I was thinking about islands in sf. Islands have been a feature […]

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