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Jerry Pournelle

by Paul

The death has been announced of Jerry Pournelle, aged 84. He was a contentious figure who, both in life and in his fiction, strongly advocated for the military, co-editing the long-running anthology series, There Will Be War. He believed in the (American) militarization of space, and was one of the science fiction writers whose thinking […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 1

by Paul

We’re coming up on the half way point of the year. Already? Where did it go? And there used to be a time when publishers drifted off to Mediterranean beaches or Tuscan villas around this time of year, so it was something of a fallow time for new books. Well, there were always plenty of […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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12 more books we’re looking forward to in May

by Paul

So, a couple of days ago we gave you a whistlestop tour of some of the space operas and military sf due out this month. But that barely scratches the surface of the books being published in May. So here’s a bunch more books that you’re going to enjoy. The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford […]

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12 Other Times that Hitler Won

by Paul

With Amazon’s dramatisation based on The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick now in its second series, and the BBC producing a dramatisation of SS-GB by Len Deighton, it seems that the Nazi’s winning World War II is still a popular idea. So here are a dozen other novels exploring the same idea, some of […]

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Hilary Bailey & Emma Tennant

by Paul

The deaths have been announced within two days of each other of two writers and editors who were friends, occasional collaborators, and closely associated with the British new wave, though their work has tended to be under-appreciated within the sf community. Hilary Bailey, born in 1936, was the author of one of the classic alternate […]

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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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An Introduction to Science Fiction Readings: Where to Start

by Paul

There are people out there who insist that you cannot write science fiction unless you know the history of science fiction. Yeah, I know, ludicrous, isn’t it. It’s impossible for any one person to read all the sf being published in any one year, so getting to grips with everything that has been written in […]

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Best Science Fiction Books by David Hartwell

by Paul

People Categories: People

Science fiction is a genre shaped by its editors. Hugo Gernsback gave 20th century science fiction its pulpy, space operatic birth. John W. Campbell gave us the sharp-edged hard sf that is still how many people perceive the genre today. The editor who best deserves to complete that triumvirate is David Hartwell, who has died, […]

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Award Winners

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

We have various ways of deciding what are the best science fiction novels. We can look at sales figures, at the frequency with which titles are reprinted, at the recommendations of widely read and knowledgeable readers (see our main site); or we can turn to the awards. There are an awful lot of awards these […]

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