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A Brief History of Time Travel: 6 Key Books

by Paul

So far this year, we’ve looked forward in time to consider the books that will be coming out this month, then travelled back in time to the very beginnings of science fiction. Since we’re still recovering from this literary jetlag, it seems only appropriate to look at the history of this literary device. We’ve picked […]

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5 ways history changed

by Paul

They are called “jonbar points”, from the moment in Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Time when a small boy, John Barr, picks up either a magnet or a pebble. One choice turns the world towards the good Jonbar empire, the other turns it towards the bad Gyronchi empire. They are, other words, the point of change […]

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Locus Award shortlists

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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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Hugo shortlists announced

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

The shortlists for this year’s Hugo Awards have now been announced. Best Novel            All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers Death’s End by Cixin Liu Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin Too Like the Lightning by Ada […]

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The best sf to recommend to non-sf readers

by Paul

Every sf blog does a post like this eventually. And they all get it wrong. Because they are all about what turned the author onto sf, not what a non-sf reader might be looking for. You can see the thinking, time after time: oh Embassytown by China Mieville blew me away, so it’s bound to have […]

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10 Essential works of Science Fiction from the 1970s

by Paul

The 70s was a strange, liminal time in science fiction. As the decade began, the New Wave was still in full flood, but the wave petered out very quickly. In Britain, New Worlds magazine folded and was replaced by an original anthology series called New Worlds Quarterly that, despite its title, managed only 10 issues in six years […]

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Best Female Science Fiction before 1980: The SF Canon Men Don’t See

by Paul

While I was away (yes, I had a lovely holiday, thank you for asking), a couple of really interesting blog posts appeared: “Communities: Weight of History” by Renay came first, which elicited a response from Nina Allan, “The Weight of History“, and then, just yesterday, Maureen Speller added “{and then} – a writing life beyond […]

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The Medusa Chronicles by Stephan Baxter and Alastair Reynolds: Do We Need this Sequel?

by Paul

Books Categories: Books

Gollancz have just announced that they will be publishing The Medusa Chronicles, a collaboration between Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds. To which the first reaction has got to be: Wow! A collaboration between Baxter and Reynolds has got to be something to look forward to. Two of the best writers of hard sf in the business, […]

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