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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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Clarke at 100: Rendezvous with Rama

by Paul

Rendezvous With Rama was the first novel Clarke wrote after the international acclaim of 2001, A Space Odyssey. It was also the most successful novel he wrote, at least in terms of awards. It won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, along with the BSFA Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award and Locus Award. None of his […]

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Year’s Best according to the awards

by Paul

Each year, we take a look at which novels have been identified as the best of the year according to the various voters and jurors for the different sf awards. So, which of 2016’s novels stood out? Well, the first thing you notice is that no novel has won more than one award. The year’s […]

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Catching up: Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Typical, isn’t it. Go away for a few days and suddenly a whole host of awards are announced. So, here’s a quick run down of the most recent awards. Locus Awards               Science Fiction Novel: Death’s End by Cixin Liu Young Adult Book: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds First Novel: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Novella: Every Heart a […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 1

by Paul

We’re coming up on the half way point of the year. Already? Where did it go? And there used to be a time when publishers drifted off to Mediterranean beaches or Tuscan villas around this time of year, so it was something of a fallow time for new books. Well, there were always plenty of […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Locus has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Locus Award Weekend in Seattle in June. The full list of finalists is here, but these are the main science fiction categories: Science Fiction Novel                         […]

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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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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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Octavia E. Butler

by Paul

Okay, choosing Samuel R. Delany to kick off our survey of black sf writers was maybe a little obvious. But then, so is Octavia E. Butler. Yet you can’t really talk about modern science fiction without mentioning either of them. And because they are essential, sometimes you have to be obvious. The differences between them […]

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Discover Ted Chiang before everyone else does

by Paul

It looks like Ted Chiang is going to be the new Philip K. Dick. That is, his work is going to be the source for first rate intelligent science fiction films. The new film, Arrival, based on his short story, “Story of Your Life”, is already a big hit at cinemas around the world. But it […]

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