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Ted Chiang

Elsewhere

by Paul

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There seems to be a lot going on across the web recently, or at least we’ve been noticing a lot of stuff. So here’s a bunch of stuff we thought we should bring to your attention. As we showed in our posts during Black History Month, there’s an awful lot of Afrofuturism out there at […]

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Samuel R. Delany

by Paul

Okay, starting our survey of black sf writers with Samuel R. Delany is probably too obvious. I mean, if you’re not already reading Delany, what are you doing here anyway. Yet his importance, as both a black writer and a gay writer, is almost impossible to overestimate. For many black readers and writers of science […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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It’s been one of those weeks when other commitments have derailed my plans for this blog. It happens. But I can at least let you share some of the things I’ve spotted around the web recently. Let’s start with Arthur C. Clarke, since we’re celebrating his centenary this year (we’ve already started at this blog). […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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So we’re coming to the end of the year, and I’m about to take a break from the blog until January. Lots of good things planned for the New Year, but I need to recharge my batteries a little. (It has been a hell of a year in so many ways; I suspect we’ll all […]

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Discover Ted Chiang before everyone else does

by Paul

It looks like Ted Chiang is going to be the new Philip K. Dick. That is, his work is going to be the source for first rate intelligent science fiction films. The new film, Arrival, based on his short story, “Story of Your Life”, is already a big hit at cinemas around the world. But it […]

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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 Must-Read Books due in October

by Paul

October looks as if it is going to be every bit as exciting a month in science fiction as September was. These are ten of the books we’ve got our eyes on for the coming weeks. Daughter of Eden – Chris Beckett The first novel in this sequence, Dark Eden, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, […]

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5 Science Fiction Books with Enigmatic Aliens

by Paul

Writing about the Jackaroo in Paul McAuley’s latest novel, Into Everywhere, made me think about other enigmatic aliens. After all, the way aliens have traditionally been presented in science fiction is as invaders, or enemies, or humans in fancy dress, or something like god. But the likelihood is that we wouldn’t understand them, or what they […]

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