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How to build your SF Reference Library: Essays

by Paul

If you start getting into the more academic areas of science fiction criticism, then you’re going to have to get used to dealing with essays. Much academic criticism comes in the form of essays (come to think of it, many books are really compilations of essays). Some of these are heavy going (there are always […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 2

by Paul

So, the other day we told you about some of the books coming your way in July. But that wasn’t even half of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the hot summer month. So here are more books to look forward to. Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine David […]

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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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10 Essential SF Titles of the 2000s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction gets close to home now. The first decade of the new century began with the Millennium Bug scare, which turned out to be nothing and ever since then we’ve tended more and more to embrace digital technology rather than shy away from it. Besides, that minor panic was very […]

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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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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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6 challenging sf works and why you should read them

by Paul

The thing I’ve noticed, writing these blog posts, is how often when I’m writing about a book I really rate the word I reach for is “challenging”. I use it all the time. I use it far more than you see, because I notice the repetitions and look for a synonym or rewrite the sentence. […]

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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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The Best Science Fiction Books by Katherine Dunn

by Paul

People Categories: People

The death has been announced of Katherine Dunn, best known for her third and final novel, Geek Love, a controversial masterpiece with distinct science fiction elements.    Born in Kansas in 1945, Katherine Dunn wrote two early novels at the beginning of the 1970s, Attic (1970) and Truck (1971). Both seem to have elements of autobiography, and use […]

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Sturgeon Award Finalists announced

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award is presented for the best science fiction short story of the year. This year’s shortlist consists of: “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead” by Brooke Bolander. Lightspeed, Feb 2015. “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred” by Greg Egan. Asimov’s, Dec 2015. “The New Mother” by Eugene […]

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