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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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10 books to look forward to in June

by Paul

It’s that time of the month already! Where does the time go? And here we are, with the first of two posts looking forward to the books coming out in June. The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 3 edited by David Afsharirad This annual anthology series continues with a collection of 15 tales […]

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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 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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An Introduction to Science Fiction Readings: Where to Start

by Paul

There are people out there who insist that you cannot write science fiction unless you know the history of science fiction. Yeah, I know, ludicrous, isn’t it. It’s impossible for any one person to read all the sf being published in any one year, so getting to grips with everything that has been written in […]

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Exploring Posthumanity in Science Fiction

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

So, I’ve just done a list of best posthuman sf for the main site. This was my introduction: In 1859, prompted by the similar ideas being developed by Alfred Russell Wallace, Charles Darwin finally published On the Origin of Species, perhaps the most revolutionary book in the history of modern civilisation. The notion of evolution […]

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Awards 2015: Locus Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The 2015 Locus Awards have been announced in Seattle. The winners are: Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie Fantasy Novel: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison First Novel: The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert Young Adult Book: Half a King, Joe Abercrombie Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress Novelette: “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie Short Story: “The Truth About Owls”, Amal […]

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What’s wrong with the Hugos, part 3

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

So, having first argued that science fiction is now too big for the Hugos, I then went on to argue that the governance of the award is too slow and too prone to complexify rather than simplify. At the end of that post I said that one of the major ways in which this unnecessary […]

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Awards 2015: Nebula winners

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The Nebula Awards were announced in Chicago on 6th June. The winners were: Novel Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; Harper Collins Canada) Novella Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon) Novelette “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14) Short Story “Jackalope Wives”by Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14) Ray Bradbury Award for […]

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Awards 2015: Nebula Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The Nebula Awards are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This year’s shortlists are: Novel The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor) Coming Home, […]

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