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Paul Kincaid

How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Iain M. Banks

by Paul

The first book from Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory, was published on his 30th birthday in 1984. The last novel, The Quarry, came out just days after his death in 2013. In total he wrote 14 novels as by Iain Banks, many of which had science fictional or fantastic overtones; and 12 novels and one short story […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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Shadow Clarke Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The idea of a Shadow Jury for literary awards is something that has become increasingly common in Britain over the last few years. There are shadow juries for the Booker Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and several others. They emerged out of two considerations: on the one hand the discussions and the decision processes of […]

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Awards 2015, BSFA Awards

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Awards Categories: Awards

The BSFA Awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and the Eastercon, the British National Convention. This year’s awards were presented on 5th April. The winners were: Best Novel Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie The Race – Nina Allan Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson […]

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