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Margaret Cavendish

Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 2: Other Worlds

by Paul

Okay, for science fiction you really need strange worlds and alien creatures. Well, no you don’t, really; but it is still one of the typical characteristics of an awful lot of sf. And it’s a characteristic that goes right back to the early days of sf. Back, indeed, to those ancient Greek writers who wrote […]

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Discovering Margaret Cavendish

by Paul

Let’s face it, there aren’t that many science fiction writers who have appeared in novels. H.G. Wells, of course, in a whole variety of books from Christopher Priest’s The Space Machine to David Lodge’s A Man of Parts, and Philip K. Dick in Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas by Michael Bishop. Well, now there’s a new and […]

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4 must-read sf biographies (and 1 brilliant autobiography)

by Paul

News that there is a new biography of Angela Carter, The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon, reminds me how few really good biographies there have been of science fiction writers. Partly, I suppose, that is because writers spend their lives hammering on a keyboard, which doesn’t necessarily make for an exciting narrative. But there […]

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