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10 Novels that make great presents

by Paul

It’s that time of year, again, isn’t it. When we start thinking about what would make a good present for someone, or perhaps more importantly, what we’d like to suggest would make a good present for ourselves. Well, we’re lucky, because there’ve been some absolutely top notch sf novels out this year, any one of […]

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5 of the Best: Nina Allan

by Paul

If you’re looking for which of the newer generation of writers is going to be the next big thing, it might be worth keeping your eyes on Nina Allan. She’s already published a handful of books, most of them short story collections. Each is better than the last, and each is getting a lot of […]

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3 Books that Undermine Reality

by Paul

There is a point in Nina Allan’s The Rift, which I reviewed here recently, when we know that the same character is both alive and dead. It’s a chilling moment that is never resolved, so we close the book not quite sure what is real and what isn’t. Science fiction writers have always played around with […]

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Review: The Rift by Nina Allan

by Paul

Sometimes, the way we read a book depends on how it is presented to us. If we are told that a novel is a psychological thriller, that is what we expect to read; if we are told that it is science fiction, then we will read it differently. The joy of Nina Allan’s second novel, […]

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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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Sturgeon Award shortlist announced

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The finalists for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on June 16th. The shortlisted stories are:              Nina Allan, The Art of Space Travel. Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood. […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Locus has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Locus Award Weekend in Seattle in June. The full list of finalists is here, but these are the main science fiction categories: Science Fiction Novel                         […]

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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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The SF Books we’re looking forward to in April, part 2

by Paul

And here we go with the second part of our long list of new books for April. Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews Ever since An Exchange of Hostages, Susan R. Matthews has been building up a long, bloody and complex series of space operas centred on the doctor turned reluctant torturer, Andrej Koscuisko. Now, in the […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 1

by Paul

To coincide with International Women’s Day, we’ve put together an A-Z of women sf writers you should be reading. The list doesn’t even pretend to be exhaustive, for a start we’re keeping to just one writer per letter so the list could be many many many times longer than it actually is (on the plus […]

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