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9 further books for the new year

by Paul

And we complete our run through the new books for January. Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober What would it be like if the Founding Fathers had the internet? That’s the intriguing premise behind this debut novel. In 1777, just after a secret Congressional committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a cyber […]

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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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Books to look forward to in October, part 1

by Paul

Three-quarters of the way through the year, and October is when publishers really get their autumn lists going. So this month we’ve got some really big names, including William Gibson, Tanith Lee, Ken MacLeod and Connie Willis. But they’re all lined up for the the follow up posts to this one. We’ve got enough big […]

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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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18 mainstream authors shortlisted for SF Awards

by Paul

A little while ago, a columnist at Slate published a piece about mainstream writers venturing into science fiction. It’s a piece that has been pretty widely mocked in sf circles, though not always for the right reasons. But the truth is that this is not a new phenomenon; the distinction between sf and mainstream has always […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Hey, Easter has come … and gone. That rather crept up on me. Anyway, I need to take a few days break, but here’s some stuff to keep you amused while I’m away from the blog. It’s a boom time for dystopias, or so the New York Times tells us in this article, which surveys […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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There seems to be a lot going on across the web recently, or at least we’ve been noticing a lot of stuff. So here’s a bunch of stuff we thought we should bring to your attention. As we showed in our posts during Black History Month, there’s an awful lot of Afrofuturism out there at […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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So we’re coming to the end of the year, and I’m about to take a break from the blog until January. Lots of good things planned for the New Year, but I need to recharge my batteries a little. (It has been a hell of a year in so many ways; I suspect we’ll all […]

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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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5 SF Books for Election Day

by Paul

So, today is the presidential election in the USA. It is possibly the most important presidential election in all of our lifetimes, given how close it has become at the last minute and if it goes the wrong way we all of us will suffer, whether or not we are American. But let’s not try […]

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