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5 ways history changed

by Paul

They are called “jonbar points”, from the moment in Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Time when a small boy, John Barr, picks up either a magnet or a pebble. One choice turns the world towards the good Jonbar empire, the other turns it towards the bad Gyronchi empire. They are, other words, the point of change […]

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5 Alternate Histories of the Civil War

by Paul

It has been said that there are more books about Abraham Lincoln than about any other historical figure except Jesus. Mind you, the same thing has been said about Napoleon and about Hitler and probably about Stalin, so we should take that claim with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, there are an awful lot of […]

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Dragon Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The Dragon Awards, which were launched by DragonCon a year or two back, have released their shortlists. There are 15 different categories (you can find the full list here); these are the main science fiction categories. Best Science Fiction Novel                     A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers […]

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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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Dragon Awards Shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

And there’s another new award on the block. It’s organised by DragonCon, which turns 30 this year, and which bills itself as the world’s largest “multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music & film”, which is a lot of focus, and which may be why there are […]

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Sidewise Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

And the next awards shortlist … The shortlists have been announced for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. Best Long-Form Alternate History The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew The British Lion by Tony Schumacher Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove Best Short-Form Alternate History “Red Legacy” by Eneasz Brodski (Asimov’s Science Fiction) “Elizabethtown” by Eric Cline (Galaxy’s Edge). “It Doesn’t Matter […]

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