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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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Elsewhere

by Paul

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We’re about to take a break for the holiday, but we thought we’d leave you with a meaty selection of goodies found around the web. Let’s start with something historic and modern at the same time. Adam Roberts, author of The Real-Town Murders, is continuing his read-through of the entire works of H.G. Wells, and it […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

Time to check out what is happening elsewhere on the web.  The other day we wrote about the “Great Peculiars” of science fiction, one of which was Howard Waldrop, (whose best short fiction is collected in Things Will Never be the Same and Other Worlds, Better Lives), so it’s good to see this profile of a writer […]

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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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Books to look forward to in October, part 2

by Paul

October really is quite an epic month for new titles, so without further ado let’s continue our list: William Gibson’s Archangel by William Gibson Well here’s something you probably weren’t expecting: a graphic novel from William Gibson. It starts in 2016, when our political leaders have left the world a radioactive ruin. Our last hope is […]

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Books to look forward to in October, part 1

by Paul

Three-quarters of the way through the year, and October is when publishers really get their autumn lists going. So this month we’ve got some really big names, including William Gibson, Tanith Lee, Ken MacLeod and Connie Willis. But they’re all lined up for the the follow up posts to this one. We’ve got enough big […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

There seems to have been a lot out there on the web lately. Partly, of course, this is because people have been responding to current events. As, for instance, John Scalzi, author of The Collapsing Empire, does here when he says that under Trump’s presidency it’s hard to write the future. He makes the important point […]

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The greatest sf authors?

by Paul

There’s a post I’ve just come across (it seems to be a year old, but you know how these things disappear and resurface on the web) that claims to list “The Greatest Sci-Fi Authors of All Time“. It’s an interesting, if largely predictable list: Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, […]

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How to Build Your SF Reference Library: Modern Masters of Science Fiction

by Paul

There’s an academic term: monograph. Basically it means a study of one particular subject. Where that subject is a science fiction writer, we’ve been pretty poorly served up to now. There have been occasional biographies, though these have usually been restricted to the very best known authors and haven’t always been that good. And let’s […]

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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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