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13 more books not to miss in September

by Paul

And the list continues. Let’s start with what is probably the most eagerly awaited novel this month. Provenance by Ann Leckie Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy earned her just about every sf award going, so her first standalone novel has to be of interest. Ingray’s home planet is in political turmoil, interstellar war is spreading, […]

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The greatest sf authors?

by Paul

There’s a post I’ve just come across (it seems to be a year old, but you know how these things disappear and resurface on the web) that claims to list “The Greatest Sci-Fi Authors of All Time“. It’s an interesting, if largely predictable list: Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, […]

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And More Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Awards are coming thick and fast right now, so here’s a round-up of some we’ve noticed: Colson Whitehead has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Underground Railroad. *** The Power by Naomi Alderman has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. *** The Canopus Award is a prize for “the finest […]

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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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Awards 2015: Top Books

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Okay, we’ve got all the shortlists in, and even some of the winners. So it’s time to count up and see who’s doing best in this award season. So we’ve gone through all the shortlists, and totalled the nominations up. And the results are very interesting. First, some qualifications. Shortlists vary: there are 16 titles […]

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Awards 2015: The John W. Campbell Memorial Award

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The list of finalists for the John W.Campbell Memorial Award has now been announced: The Race – Nina Allan (Newcon Press) A Darkling Sea – James L. Cambias (Tor) The Peripheral – William Gibson (Putnam) Afterparty – Daryl Gregory (Tor) Europe in Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves – Simon Ings (Gollancz) The Three-Body Problem […]

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