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9 new books for December

by Paul

We’re coming up on the end of the year already, and like most of the rest of us publishers will be shutting down for a goodly chunk of it. But there’s still a handful of books coming out this month, and you’re likely to find something to appeal to you in this little lot. Survival […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Let’s start our tout of the internet with a tour of the world. The more people recognise that science fiction is a truly global literature, the more we get articles directing us to different parts of the world.        Recently, for instance, we’ve had this survey of the current state of science fiction […]

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Peter Weston

by Paul

The death has been announced of Peter Weston, who played a central role in British science fiction and fandom for decades. He was 73, and died of complications from cancer, from which he had been suffering for some time. In the 1960s, his fanzine, variously called Zenith, Zenith Speculation and Speculation, was the venue for […]

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Awards 2015: Locus Awards

by Paul

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The 2015 Locus Awards have been announced in Seattle. The winners are: Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie Fantasy Novel: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison First Novel: The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert Young Adult Book: Half a King, Joe Abercrombie Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress Novelette: “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie Short Story: “The Truth About Owls”, Amal […]

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Considering the Hugos

by Paul

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In a long and thoughtful response to this post, Nirvan asked me to write at greater length about the Hugo Awards. My first response was: oh dear me no, I don’t want to step further into that minefield. Then I thought again, and decided I would, partly because I’ve been sceptical about the value of […]

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The Hugos and the Puppies, part 1

by Paul

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Connie Willis has turned down an invitation to present the Campbell Award at this year’s Hugo ceremony. Willis has won 10 Hugo Awards for her fiction, and has presented awards on numerous occasions. Turning down this invitation is a big deal. So what the hell is happening with the Hugos? There are huge numbers of […]

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