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Harvey Jacobs

by Paul

On the same day that Kit Reed died, we also learned of the death of Harvey Jacobs, also, it would seem, from a brain tumor. He was 87.        Jacobs was a writer mostly known for his comic satires of near-future urban American life. Beautiful Soup, for instance, tells the story of an […]

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Kit Reed

by Paul

The death has been announced of Kit Reed. She was 85 and had been suffering from a brain tumor about which, in characteristic fashion, she told no one except her closest family. Reed started writing when she was five years old, and wrote pretty much every day since then. Her first publications appeared in the […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 3

by Paul

Concluding our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day (not quite a full alphabet, there’s a shortage of names beginning with I, Q and X), we move on to: Kit Reed           Kit Reed has been producing stories for well over half a century now, and they are united only […]

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Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Okay, starting our survey of black sf writers with Samuel R. Delany is probably too obvious. I mean, if you’re not already reading Delany, what are you doing here anyway. Yet his importance, as both a black writer and a gay writer, is almost impossible to overestimate. For many black readers and writers of science […]

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10 Best SF Novels of 2015

by Paul

After discussing what the sf awards say were the best novels of 2015, this is our take. 1: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts I wrote about this here, so it probably comes as no surprise that I rate this the best book of the year. The big surprise for me is that nobody else […]

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Book Review: Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman

by Paul

It’s a pretty good list for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, isn’t it? We’ve already written about several of the shortlisted novels – The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts is here,  The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is here, The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor is here,  Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson is here, Where […]

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John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

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The finalists have been announced for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award: The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson Radiomen – Eleanor Lerman Luna: New Moon – Ian McDonald Galapagos Regained – James Morrow Going Dark – Linda Nagata The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor Where – Kit […]

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Best Female Science Fiction before 1980: The SF Canon Men Don’t See

by Paul

While I was away (yes, I had a lovely holiday, thank you for asking), a couple of really interesting blog posts appeared: “Communities: Weight of History” by Renay came first, which elicited a response from Nina Allan, “The Weight of History“, and then, just yesterday, Maureen Speller added “{and then} – a writing life beyond […]

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Considering the Hugos

by Paul

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In a long and thoughtful response to this post, Nirvan asked me to write at greater length about the Hugo Awards. My first response was: oh dear me no, I don’t want to step further into that minefield. Then I thought again, and decided I would, partly because I’ve been sceptical about the value of […]

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Book Review: Where by Kit Reed

by Paul

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On August 18, 1590, John White, artist and governor of the colony, returned to Roanoke in Virginia with a relief ship from England. He found the colony deserted. 90 men, 17 women and 11 children, including White’s three-year-old granddaughter had all disappeared. There was no sign of a struggle, houses and fortifications had been neatly […]

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