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These are the Ways the World Ends: Environment

by Paul

Concluding our short series on the end of the world, we come to those stories in which the world rises up against humanity. That other apocalyptic horseman, Famine, is the invariable companion of War and Pestilence; but science fiction has expanded on this. It is not just that humanity is unable to find sufficient food, […]

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5 Australian sf writers you should be reading

by Paul

Let’s face it, when you talk about sf it’s all too easy to limit the discussion to the usual suspects: mostly Americans, a few Brits, and the occasional Canadian (who has probably been mistaken for an American). But there’s a whole world of science fiction out there, which can too often slip by unnoticed. True, […]

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10 Essential SF Works from the 1980s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction brings us to one of the more momentous decades in the history of the genre. The 1970s had been a decade in which no more than a handful of great writers emerged. The effects of the new wave slowly ran down, and the most important event in the history […]

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5 of the best by George Turner

by Paul

My passing reference to George Turner a couple of days ago reminded me that he would have turned 100 this month. So that’s as good a reason as any to look at some of his best books. Turner was an oddity. He started his career as a mainstream novelist, won awards and was highly regarded […]

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4 must-read sf biographies (and 1 brilliant autobiography)

by Paul

News that there is a new biography of Angela Carter, The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon, reminds me how few really good biographies there have been of science fiction writers. Partly, I suppose, that is because writers spend their lives hammering on a keyboard, which doesn’t necessarily make for an exciting narrative. But there […]

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Whither the Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

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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