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Elsewhere

by Paul

Links Categories: Links

Just noticed all the sites we’ve got bookmarked, and realised we must be overdue for another set of links. The theme this time around is global sf (when is it not?), so let’s start with sf by black authors. The release of posters for the forthcoming Marvel movie of Black Panther prompted this post itemising […]

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These are the Ways the World Ends: War

by Paul

The darkness grew apace; a cold wind began to blow in freshening gusts from the east, and the showering white flakes in the air increased in number. From the edge of the sea came a ripple and whisper. Beyond these lifeless sounds the world was silent. So the world ends, as witnessed by the time […]

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Jerry Pournelle

by Paul

The death has been announced of Jerry Pournelle, aged 84. He was a contentious figure who, both in life and in his fiction, strongly advocated for the military, co-editing the long-running anthology series, There Will Be War. He believed in the (American) militarization of space, and was one of the science fiction writers whose thinking […]

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5 of the Best: Bob Shaw

by Paul

In the 20 years or so since Bob Shaw died, his name has faded somewhat from the consciousness of science fiction readers, which is a tragedy. Because at his best, Bob Shaw was a master of complex and original ideas that he somehow managed to turn into convivial and engaging novels. For some 30 years, […]

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Steven Barnes

by Paul

I suppose there’s an impression that black writers should write about black issues: after all, that’s the life they inhabit. But it’s no more the case than the idea that writers of any other particular group should write exclusively about that group. Steven Barnes is a case in point, because the science fiction he’s most […]

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Peter Weston

by Paul

The death has been announced of Peter Weston, who played a central role in British science fiction and fandom for decades. He was 73, and died of complications from cancer, from which he had been suffering for some time. In the 1960s, his fanzine, variously called Zenith, Zenith Speculation and Speculation, was the venue for […]

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10 Essential works of Science Fiction from the 1970s

by Paul

The 70s was a strange, liminal time in science fiction. As the decade began, the New Wave was still in full flood, but the wave petered out very quickly. In Britain, New Worlds magazine folded and was replaced by an original anthology series called New Worlds Quarterly that, despite its title, managed only 10 issues in six years […]

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Award Winners

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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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Top 5 Best Far Future Science Fiction About Dyson Spheres

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

It is not a very dramatic name: KIC 8462852. But it could be the site for one of the most startling discoveries in science. Because this star, which is getting on for 1,500 light years away, is orbited by something that blocks the light from the star for up to 80 days at a time. That’s […]

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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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