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Books to look forward to in October, part 3

by Paul

And here we go with the final selection of the books you’ll want to read this month. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman Yes, I know, another fantasy. But if you aren’t excited by Pullman returning to the world of His Dark Materials, where have you been hiding for the last […]

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Hugo Award Winners

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

And the winners are …              Best Novel The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Best Series The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Best Novelette “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon Best Short Story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar Best […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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Hugo shortlists announced

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The shortlists for this year’s Hugo Awards have now been announced. Best Novel            All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers Death’s End by Cixin Liu Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin Too Like the Lightning by Ada […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

by Paul

This was the decade in which some right-wing commentators proclaimed the end of history, and to be fair that’s how it felt. The fall of the Berlin Wall had been the trigger that ended the Cold War, and throughout the early years of the decade we saw the gradual but inevitable disintegration of the Soviet […]

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10 Essential SF Works from the 1980s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction brings us to one of the more momentous decades in the history of the genre. The 1970s had been a decade in which no more than a handful of great writers emerged. The effects of the new wave slowly ran down, and the most important event in the history […]

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10 books we’re really looking forward to this September

by Paul

Books, Lists Categories: Books

As publishing schedules gather pace for the autumn, there are some cracking sf books due out this month. These are some of the titles that look particularly enticing. A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton This is the sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams and completes Hamilton’s Chronicle of the […]

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5 Must Read Science Fiction Books by Leigh Brackett (The Forgotten Female SF Writer)

by Paul

Okay, a while ago I started doing an A-Z of women sf writers. I didn’t get very far, so it’s time to pick up that idea again and move on to B. There’s lots I could choose here. If you like space opera there’s Lois McMaster Bujold, for instance, who has won the Hugo Award […]

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