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How to Build Your SF Reference Library 2, Histories

by Paul

If you want to build up a reference library on science fiction, the first thing you need is context. In other words, there are certain very basic things you need to be able to find out. When did A happen? Did B occur before C, or after it? How does D relate to E? What […]

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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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Elsewhere

by Paul

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A few more gleanings from the riches of the web. Let’s start with some films. Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is one of the great science fiction films. Based on Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and with a screenplay by the Strugatsky brothers, it is an atmospheric and very creepy journey into a zone that […]

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5 Science Fiction Books about Immortals

by Paul

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Reading Claire North’s Touch, I was struck that here was yet another variation on a theme we find throughout science fiction: the avoidance of death. Throughout the history of science fiction there have been a whole stream of fascinating characters who somehow manage not to die. These are some of my favourites. Jumbo Hank Clerval Brittle […]

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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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Considering the Hugos 2

by Paul

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Could “Vox Day” be right? Oh I don’t mean about race or gender or even science fiction. On anything serious his pronouncements mark him out as nothing but a comic book Hitler whose opinions seem to have been formed sometime in the neolithic (if that isn’t too insulting to our ancestors). But sometimes, on a […]

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