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Elsewhere

by Paul

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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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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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Edward Bryant

by Paul

Edward Bryant has been found dead at his home in Colorado, he had been ill for some time due to the long term effects of Type 1 Diabetes. He was a prolific short story writer, particularly during the 1970s and 80s, winning Nebula Awards in successive years. He was born in 1945, and began writing […]

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Peter Weston

by Paul

The death has been announced of Peter Weston, who played a central role in British science fiction and fandom for decades. He was 73, and died of complications from cancer, from which he had been suffering for some time. In the 1960s, his fanzine, variously called Zenith, Zenith Speculation and Speculation, was the venue for […]

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10 Essential works of Science Fiction from the 1970s

by Paul

The 70s was a strange, liminal time in science fiction. As the decade began, the New Wave was still in full flood, but the wave petered out very quickly. In Britain, New Worlds magazine folded and was replaced by an original anthology series called New Worlds Quarterly that, despite its title, managed only 10 issues in six years […]

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Best Science Fiction Books by Underated SF Author Carol Emshwiller

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Carol Emshwiller has just turned 95. Which probably makes her the oldest living science fiction writer. So it’s time to celebrate some of her very best work. Carol Emshwiller’s first story appeared in 1955, and her most recent collection of stories appeared as recently as 2011, that’s a hell of a long career for someone […]

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SF Books About ‘Generation Shelters’

by Paul

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In one of those coincidences that could be very revealing, or completely irrelevant, I’ve been reading a fair bit recently about nuclear panic. During the Second World War, the British government organized what were called Anderson Shelters, prefabricated air raid shelters that could be set up in your back garden. They wouldn’t offer much protection […]

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The Best Science Fiction by C.J. Cherryh ‘Grand Master of Science Fiction’

by Paul

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The SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) has announced that C.J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Grand Master Award is a lifetime honour presented annually at the Nebula Awards banquet in May. The award […]

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Best Female Science Fiction before 1980: The SF Canon Men Don’t See

by Paul

While I was away (yes, I had a lovely holiday, thank you for asking), a couple of really interesting blog posts appeared: “Communities: Weight of History” by Renay came first, which elicited a response from Nina Allan, “The Weight of History“, and then, just yesterday, Maureen Speller added “{and then} – a writing life beyond […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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More things of interest I’ve spotted elsewhere. Gene Wolfe is the author of The Book of the New Sun, which I happen to believe is the best thing science fiction has produced. Though I have to say I haven’t really liked anything he’s written since the Latro books. Even so, it is about time he started […]

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