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Paolo Bacigalupi

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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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 Essential SF Titles of the 2000s

by Paul

Our peripatetic history of science fiction gets close to home now. The first decade of the new century began with the Millennium Bug scare, which turned out to be nothing and ever since then we’ve tended more and more to embrace digital technology rather than shy away from it. Besides, that minor panic was very […]

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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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10 Best SF Novels of 2015

by Paul

After discussing what the sf awards say were the best novels of 2015, this is our take. 1: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts I wrote about this here, so it probably comes as no surprise that I rate this the best book of the year. The big surprise for me is that nobody else […]

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Winner John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award has been announced at MidAmericon. Winner: Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman 2=: Going Dark by Linda Nagata 2=: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts 3: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Book Review: Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman

by Paul

It’s a pretty good list for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, isn’t it? We’ve already written about several of the shortlisted novels – The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts is here,  The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is here, The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor is here,  Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson is here, Where […]

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John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The finalists have been announced for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award: The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson Radiomen – Eleanor Lerman Luna: New Moon – Ian McDonald Galapagos Regained – James Morrow Going Dark – Linda Nagata The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor Where – Kit […]

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Locus Awards shortlists

by Paul

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And another award has announced its shortlists, and once again we see what the Hugos might have looked like if the Puppies had not interfered. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson […]

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The Water Knife Review by Paolo Bacigalupi

by Paul

I think the world is big, and we broke it. On Sunday, April 14th 1935, a dust storm swept across Oklahoma and parts of Texas. Known as “Black Sunday”, it is estimated that the storm displaced 300 million tons of topsoil. It was in a newspaper description of this event that the term “Dust Bowl” […]

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