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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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Elsewhere

by Paul

Links Categories: Links

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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Year’s Best according to the awards

by Paul

Each year, we take a look at which novels have been identified as the best of the year according to the various voters and jurors for the different sf awards. So, which of 2016’s novels stood out? Well, the first thing you notice is that no novel has won more than one award. The year’s […]

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Clarke at 100: The City and the Stars

by Paul

There was a habit that was popular with novelists for quite a long while, though you don’t see it very much these days: they would sign off the last page of the novel with the date and place they began and finished the writing. It was not a habit that Arthur C. Clarke followed much, […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Locus has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Locus Award Weekend in Seattle in June. The full list of finalists is here, but these are the main science fiction categories: Science Fiction Novel                         […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

by Paul

This was the decade in which some right-wing commentators proclaimed the end of history, and to be fair that’s how it felt. The fall of the Berlin Wall had been the trigger that ended the Cold War, and throughout the early years of the decade we saw the gradual but inevitable disintegration of the Soviet […]

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6 MUST READ Science Fiction Books for December

by Paul

Okay, it’s the end of the year, everything’s winding down for the holidays. But somehow, amazingly, books are still being published, and some pretty damned good books at that. These are some that have caught our eye. And half of them are short story collections, is it something about December? Take Back the Sky by […]

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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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Most Anticipated Science Fiction Books of 2016

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

Every year now, the Arthur C. Clarke Award receives well over 100 submissions. That’s a reasonable guide to the number of science fiction novels that are published in any year, isn’t it? Well, no; it barely scratches the surface. The number of sf books published in any one year now numbers in the thousands (when you […]

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