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Awards round-up

by Paul

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And still the awards keep coming. These are some of the awards that have been announced over the last couple of weeks. Sunburst Awards The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Awards for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic. The full lists are here. Adult Fiction          Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire […]

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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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Sunburst Award Longlists announced

by Paul

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The longlists have been announced for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Shortlists will be announced in late June, and the winners this coming autumn. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, […]

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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

Space opera is big again, what with Tor promising a summer of space opera, and the fuss accompanying the announcement that Jo Walton’s new book, due in February next year, is a space opera, Poor Relations. But space opera hasn’t always been popular. In fact, since it first appeared, about 90 years ago, space opera has […]

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10 Essential SF Titles of the 2000s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction gets close to home now. The first decade of the new century began with the Millennium Bug scare, which turned out to be nothing and ever since then we’ve tended more and more to embrace digital technology rather than shy away from it. Besides, that minor panic was very […]

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12 Other Times that Hitler Won

by Paul

With Amazon’s dramatisation based on The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick now in its second series, and the BBC producing a dramatisation of SS-GB by Len Deighton, it seems that the Nazi’s winning World War II is still a popular idea. So here are a dozen other novels exploring the same idea, some of […]

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Aurora, Prometheus & Dragon Awards

by Paul

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And still the awards keep coming. Over the last few days we’ve had the shortlists for the Aurora and Prometheus Awards announced, and a brand new award launched. The Aurora Awards are for the best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015. There are too many categories to list them all here, so you should […]

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Award Winners

by Paul

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We have various ways of deciding what are the best science fiction novels. We can look at sales figures, at the frequency with which titles are reprinted, at the recommendations of widely read and knowledgeable readers (see our main site); or we can turn to the awards. There are an awful lot of awards these […]

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Awards 2015: Locus Awards

by Paul

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The 2015 Locus Awards have been announced in Seattle. The winners are: Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie Fantasy Novel: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison First Novel: The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert Young Adult Book: Half a King, Joe Abercrombie Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress Novelette: “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie Short Story: “The Truth About Owls”, Amal […]

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Considering the Hugos 2

by Paul

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Could “Vox Day” be right? Oh I don’t mean about race or gender or even science fiction. On anything serious his pronouncements mark him out as nothing but a comic book Hitler whose opinions seem to have been formed sometime in the neolithic (if that isn’t too insulting to our ancestors). But sometimes, on a […]

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