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Year’s Best according to the awards

by Paul

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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Awards round-up

by Paul

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And still the awards keep coming. These are some of the awards that have been announced over the last couple of weeks. Sunburst Awards The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Awards for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic. The full lists are here. Adult Fiction          Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire […]

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Aurora Award shortlists announced

by Paul

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The Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction Association has announced the shortlists for the Aurora Awards for the best works of sf and fantasy by Canadians in 2016. Voting by members of the Association will take place between July and September, and the winners will be announced in September. The full list of nominees is here. […]

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Sunburst Award Longlists announced

by Paul

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The longlists have been announced for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Shortlists will be announced in late June, and the winners this coming autumn. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, […]

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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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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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10 Essential SF Books of the 1990s

by Paul

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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6 MUST READ Science Fiction Books for December

by Paul

Okay, it’s the end of the year, everything’s winding down for the holidays. But somehow, amazingly, books are still being published, and some pretty damned good books at that. These are some that have caught our eye. And half of them are short story collections, is it something about December? Take Back the Sky by […]

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Sunburst Awards

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

Three sets of award news all come at once. The shortlists have been announced for the Sunburst Award for Canadian literature of the fantastic. The shortlists are: Adult Fiction The Little Washer of Sorrows, by Katherine Fawcett Experimental Film, by Gemma Files Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Daydreams of Angels, by Heather O’Neill The […]

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Book Review: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

by Paul

Algorithms. A few years ago, most of us who aren’t mathematicians or computer geeks would probably not have heard of the word. Nowadays they control our online existence. On Amazon, it’s algorithms that tell us what we should read next; on Spotify, they tell us what to listen to next; on dating sites, they tell […]

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