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Discovering the Award Winners: International Fantasy Award

by Paul

When we were putting together our historical list of the best sf (1950s here) I noticed how rarely the book we chose as the best of the year was one of that year’s award winners. And when we compiled our own lists of the best books of 2015 and 2016, the number one book on each […]

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Review: Europe in Winter

by Paul

There is a problem with writing a series, a problem that is inherent in the very structure of the work. The fact that it is a series demands that each volume offers more of the same (as, probably, do many of the fans); yet that way lies simple repetition, and what is really needed is […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1920s

by Paul

Our peripatetic journey through the history of science fiction takes us back to that curious decade, the 1920s, back by some reckonings, to the very beginning of science fiction itself. In retrospect, the 1920s was a transitional age. It emerged from the end of the First World War, whose horrors and with them the decimation […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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First of all, congratulations to Helsinki on winning the 2017 Worldcon. A great choice, and I look forward to seeing a lot of you there. Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings and translator of Cixin Liu’s Hugo-shortlisted novel The Three Body Problem is interviewed in the New York Times. Kim Stanley Robinson, whose new novel Aurora is getting […]

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