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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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Catching up: Awards

by Paul

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Typical, isn’t it. Go away for a few days and suddenly a whole host of awards are announced. So, here’s a quick run down of the most recent awards. Locus Awards               Science Fiction Novel: Death’s End by Cixin Liu Young Adult Book: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds First Novel: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Novella: Every Heart a […]

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BSFA Award shortlists

by Paul

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The shortlists for the BSFA Awards have been announced. Best Novel              Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz) Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton) Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz) Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press) Best Short Fiction              Malcolm […]

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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 about Maps (Yes, Maps!)

by Paul

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Reading Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson’s superb sequel to Europe in Autumn (which was shortlisted for the Clarke Award, the BSFA Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and which should, in my opinion, have won at least one of them), I realised that the new novel has its basis in a story I first read […]

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