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M. John Harrison

9 more books for the new year

by Paul

And here we go with the second tranche of new books for January: Emergence by C.J. Cherryh A station in a distant sector of space has been destroyed, and so Alpha Station is now crowded with refugees. The station itself cannot cope, so the refugees will have to be relocated to the planet surface. But […]

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Review: You Should Come With Me Now by M. John Harrison

by Paul

“If the disaster can be said to be unevenly distributed,” one of M. John Harrison’s hapless characters writes: “Brentford is one of the places it has been distributed to.” Harrison’s characters exist on the edge, though they are never exactly sure what it is the edge of. On one side is something that passes for […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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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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New, from three of the biggest stars of British SF

by Paul

Another problem with the blog, or rather, it would seem to be a hangover from the previous issue. And we think we’ve finally sorted it out now (cross fingers, touch wood, and any other good luck gesture you can think of). It came at an irritating time, though, since I’d wanted to put this post […]

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… and SF novels shortlisted for mainstream prizes

by Paul

The other day we noted some of the mainstream writers who had been shortlisted for (or had even won) major science fiction awards. But the news that Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Women’s Prize for The Power was a reminder that the traffic isn’t all one way. Admittedly, there are fewer sf novels being shortlisted […]

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A History of Space Opera in 5 Titles

by Paul

Space opera is big again, what with Tor promising a summer of space opera, and the fuss accompanying the announcement that Jo Walton’s new book, due in February next year, is a space opera, Poor Relations. But space opera hasn’t always been popular. In fact, since it first appeared, about 90 years ago, space opera has […]

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10 Essential SF Titles of the 2000s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction gets close to home now. The first decade of the new century began with the Millennium Bug scare, which turned out to be nothing and ever since then we’ve tended more and more to embrace digital technology rather than shy away from it. Besides, that minor panic was very […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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It’s one of those months when anybody interested in astronomy, astrophysics, space – you know, all that stuff that science fiction does – must have been in seventh heaven. I mean, just look at the stuff that’s been coming out. There’s the discovery of an Earth-like world that could be capable of sustaining life in orbit […]

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Whither the Arthur C. Clarke Award

by Paul

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Now, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been no stranger to controversy. The very first award, to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, aroused a lot of dissent; dissent which was even louder a few years later when Body of Glass by Marge Piercy won. […]

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