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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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5 of the best: Keith Roberts

by Paul

Not so long ago, we wrote a post about John Brunner. It was intended as the first in a series about writers who are drifting out of our awareness, writers who are perhaps not enjoying the eminence their work deserves. Having started with Brunner, it seemed natural to follow up with his close contemporary, Keith […]

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5 Brian Aldiss novels you must read

by Paul

As Brian Aldiss celebrates his 91st birthday, it’s a good time to remember the amazing contribution he has made to science fiction. From his first sf story (“Criminal Record”, 1954) to recent novels like Finches of Mars (2013), he has been one of the central figures in the genre. Together with J.G. Ballard, he virtually created […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Time for another round-up of things I’ve noticed elsewhere on the world wide web. Let’s start with one of the true masters of science fiction, Brian Aldiss, whose The Complete Short Stories has now reached the 1960s, though it takes four volumes (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) to cover the decade. (Incidentally, if […]

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10 Must Read Science Fiction Books From the 1950s

by Paul

You know, there are people out there who insist that you cannot write sf, or write about sf, until you have read everything. Yeah, I know: stupid! These days you can’t even read everything published in a year, so how are you supposed to read the thousands upon thousands of works from last year or […]

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