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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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Nommo Award Winners announced

by Paul

The winners of the first Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria.     Best Novel Rosewater by Tade Thompson (and it has just been announced that this is the first volume in a trilogy, which will be published by Orbit next year). Best Novella […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Time to check out what is happening elsewhere on the web.  The other day we wrote about the “Great Peculiars” of science fiction, one of which was Howard Waldrop, (whose best short fiction is collected in Things Will Never be the Same and Other Worlds, Better Lives), so it’s good to see this profile of a writer […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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Let’s start our tout of the internet with a tour of the world. The more people recognise that science fiction is a truly global literature, the more we get articles directing us to different parts of the world.        Recently, for instance, we’ve had this survey of the current state of science fiction […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

There seems to have been a lot out there on the web lately. Partly, of course, this is because people have been responding to current events. As, for instance, John Scalzi, author of The Collapsing Empire, does here when he says that under Trump’s presidency it’s hard to write the future. He makes the important point […]

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Ditmar and Kurd Laßwitz Preis winners announced

by Paul

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The winners of Australia’s Ditmar awards and Germany’s Kurd Laßwitz Preis have been announced. The Ditmars, also known as the Australian SF Awards, have gone as follows:          Best Novel The Grief Hole – Kaaron Warren Best Novella/Novelette “Did We Break the End of the World” – Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday) Best Short Story “No Fat […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

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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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12 more books we’re looking forward to in May

by Paul

So, a couple of days ago we gave you a whistlestop tour of some of the space operas and military sf due out this month. But that barely scratches the surface of the books being published in May. So here’s a bunch more books that you’re going to enjoy. The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford […]

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Nommo Award Shortlists announced

by Paul

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The nominees have been announced for the very first Nommo Awards. The Nommo Awards recognise “works of speculative fiction by Africans.  We mean science fiction, fantasy, stories of magic and traditional belief, alternative histories, horror and strange stuff that might not fit in anywhere else.” The shortlisted works are: Best Novel          Azanian Bridges by […]

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