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Paul McAuley

10 more novels that would make great presents

by Paul

This is the second of our posts about the books that would make great gifts for the holiday season. And, as before, we’re picking up on what others have said about them. Raven Stratagem – Yoon Ha Lee I adored Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel Ninefox Gambit (2016), and it garnered a well-deserved Hugo Award nomination this […]

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New, from three of the biggest stars of British SF

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Another problem with the blog, or rather, it would seem to be a hangover from the previous issue. And we think we’ve finally sorted it out now (cross fingers, touch wood, and any other good luck gesture you can think of). It came at an irritating time, though, since I’d wanted to put this post […]

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Year’s Best according to the awards

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Each year, we take a look at which novels have been identified as the best of the year according to the various voters and jurors for the different sf awards. So, which of 2016’s novels stood out? Well, the first thing you notice is that no novel has won more than one award. The year’s […]

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Exciting new books for July, Part 1

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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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Campbell Award Finalists announced

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The finalists for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced. The winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference which is held at the University of Kansas, 16-18 June. The 13 Finalists are:              The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds Zero K by Don DeLillo The Dream-Quest […]

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10 books to look forward to in June

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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 Titles of the 2000s

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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

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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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Clarke at 100: Earthlight

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Arthur C. Clarke would have turned 100 this year. To celebrate one of the greats of science fiction, I’m going to spend the year revisiting some of his books, and writing about them here. I’m not going to be reading them in any specific order, more a matter of which one I happen to take […]

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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

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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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