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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 2: Other Worlds

by Paul

Okay, for science fiction you really need strange worlds and alien creatures. Well, no you don’t, really; but it is still one of the typical characteristics of an awful lot of sf. And it’s a characteristic that goes right back to the early days of sf. Back, indeed, to those ancient Greek writers who wrote […]

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Science Fiction Before Frankenstein, 1: This World

by Paul

So, a couple of days ago, we reported on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Because Brian Aldiss had identified this as the first true sf novel, some people have also said that it’s also the 200th birthday of science fiction itself. It is not, and as promised here’s a bunch of stuff published long […]

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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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7 Awesome Critical Utopian Science Fiction Books You Need To Read

by Paul

It was about this time 500 years ago that Thomas More set out for Bruges. He was part of a delegation sent to negotiate a trade deal, but he ended up having time on his hands. Travel being what it was in those days, it was a couple of months before the people he was […]

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5 Best Science Fiction Books About Islands

by Paul

I was putting together a new list for the main site recently, on sf in translation, and I came to The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, which reminded me, inevitably, of The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells, and all at once I was thinking about islands in sf. Islands have been a feature […]

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