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13 new books to look out for in November

by Paul

Good grief, we’re already close to the end of the year. And November sees something of a lull in sf publishing. Certainly there are fewer books that have caught our eye than in recent months. But the list still includes a couple of real biggies. Shadow Sun Seven by Spencer Ellsworth First up is a […]

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4 “Great Peculiars” of Science Fiction

by Paul

Over at Tor.com, Walter Jon Williams has an excellent article about Cordwainer Smith, who he memorably describes as one of the “Great Peculiars” of science fiction. By this he means distinctive writers who are impossible to imitate. Start reading a story by Cordwainer Smith and you know immediately who the author is. There is something […]

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Brian W. Aldiss

by Paul

Brian Aldiss, undoubtedly one of the most important figures in British science fiction, has died. It is reported that he died in his sleep after celebrations to mark his 92nd birthday. In 1958 he received a Hugo Award as Best Newcomer; it proved to be the first of many awards over his long career, culminating […]

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10 Essential SF Works of the 1910s

by Paul

It has been a while since the last chapter of this peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction, so it is well past time to take us back to that most schizophrenic of decades, the 1910s. The first half of the decade marked the long golden summer of Edwardian England, the second half was […]

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Review: Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling

by Paul

In September 1919, the Paris Peace Conference had granted the city of Fiume and its surrounding territory on the north-east coast of the Adriatic to the new kingdom of what would become Yugoslavia. But the population of the city was largely Italian, leading to disagreements about the ultimate fate of Fiume. Taking advantage of the confusion, […]

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15 Books We’re Excited About This March

by Paul

What a month this is: new books by some of our biggest names; long awaited sequels; thrillers and traditional space operas and mainstream novels with a twist. These are some of the books that have caught our eye this month. Infinity Engine by Neal Asher The final part of Asher’s spectacular Transformation trilogy features humans […]

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