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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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Tiptree Award Winner announced

by Paul

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The winner of this year’s James Tiptree Jr, Award has been announced. As the Tiptree Award website proclaims: “The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those writers and other creative artists who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.” This year’s winner is: When the Moon […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 2

by Paul

Continuing our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day, we take up the list at: Kij Johnson It is purely a accident of the alphabet, but this tranche begins with writers who have made a particular impact with their short fiction. Kij Johnson’s novels have tended to be animal fantasies, but her short […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 1

by Paul

To coincide with International Women’s Day, we’ve put together an A-Z of women sf writers you should be reading. The list doesn’t even pretend to be exhaustive, for a start we’re keeping to just one writer per letter so the list could be many many many times longer than it actually is (on the plus […]

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14 more Afrofuturists you should be reading

by Paul

For the last month we’ve celebrated Black History Month by looking at some of the great black science fiction writers (Afrofuturist is now the vogue term for black sf writer). So far we’ve considered Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson and Tobias Buckell, but that barely skims the surface […]

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6 Must-Read Books by Karen Joy Fowler

by Paul

Karen Joy Fowler is one of the key figures in science fiction. She is one of the founders of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and has edited some of the Tiptree Award anthologies. Her first short story, “Recalling Cinderella”, didn’t win the Writers of the Future Contest, but ended up attracting far more attention than […]

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Tiptree Award Winners announced

by Paul

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The jury for the James Tiptree Jr Award, which encourages the exploration and expansion of gender in science fiction, have chosen joint winners for the award this year. The winners are: Eugene Fischer, “The New Mother” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2015) and Pat Schmatz, Lizard Radio (Candlewick, 2015) Of Eugene Fischer’s story, the jury said: […]

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What’s wrong with the Hugos, part 2

by Paul

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I hope this is not going to be as long as the last part, but let us push on a bit. Last time I made the claim that science fiction is now too big for the Hugos. Part of that is down to the ambition of the awards: the desire to be the awards for […]

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What’s wrong with the Hugos

by Paul

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Okay, I admit, I’ve been putting this off. Frankly I’m getting tired of the whole Hugo kerfuffle. Right now, no-one on either side is exactly covering themselves with glory. The whole mess has become a competition to see who can become most outraged at the least thing. It is not helped by the fact that […]

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Awards 2015: Top Books

by Paul

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Okay, we’ve got all the shortlists in, and even some of the winners. So it’s time to count up and see who’s doing best in this award season. So we’ve gone through all the shortlists, and totalled the nominations up. And the results are very interesting. First, some qualifications. Shortlists vary: there are 16 titles […]

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