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13 new books to look out for in November

by Paul

Good grief, we’re already close to the end of the year. And November sees something of a lull in sf publishing. Certainly there are fewer books that have caught our eye than in recent months. But the list still includes a couple of real biggies. Shadow Sun Seven by Spencer Ellsworth First up is a […]

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Women SF Writers you should be reading, part 2

by Paul

Continuing our A-Z of women sf writers for International Women’s Day, we take up the list at: Kij Johnson It is purely a accident of the alphabet, but this tranche begins with writers who have made a particular impact with their short fiction. Kij Johnson’s novels have tended to be animal fantasies, but her short […]

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14 more Afrofuturists you should be reading

by Paul

For the last month we’ve celebrated Black History Month by looking at some of the great black science fiction writers (Afrofuturist is now the vogue term for black sf writer). So far we’ve considered Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson and Tobias Buckell, but that barely skims the surface […]

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Nalo Hopkinson

by Paul

If the stories of Nnedi Okorafor retain the cadences and myths of West Africa, the voice we hear in Nalo Hopkinson’s work is Caribbean, both in the language and in the characteristic use of voodoo and other mythic figures. Hopkinson was born in Jamaica but moved to Canada while still in her teens, and the […]

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Nnedi Okorafor

by Paul

So, last week in our survey of black science fiction writers, we looked at some of the long-established black writers. This week, it’s time to turn to some of the writers who have emerged in the last decade or so. We begin with Nnedi Okorafor, an American writer of Nigerian extraction who has, throughout her […]

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Jack Vance at 100

by Paul

1916 was a good year. There seem to have been several major writers to have been born that year, among them Jack Vance, whose 100th birthday was yesterday. To be honest, I’ve never been a great fan of his sometimes florid writing style, though his brilliant many-worlds novella, “Rumfuddle”, (collected in Terry Carr’s Best Science […]

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7 unmissable Tiptree stories

by Paul

If she’d lived, James Tiptree Jr., would have been 101 this month. Which is as good an excuse as any to look back at one of the best and most important short story writers in the history of science fiction. Alice Bradley Sheldon had a varied career, including working for the American intelligence community during […]

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6 Must-Read Books by Karen Joy Fowler

by Paul

Karen Joy Fowler is one of the key figures in science fiction. She is one of the founders of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and has edited some of the Tiptree Award anthologies. Her first short story, “Recalling Cinderella”, didn’t win the Writers of the Future Contest, but ended up attracting far more attention than […]

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Science Fiction and the Booker Prize

by Paul

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The longlist for the 2016 Booker Prize has just been released, and there’s a science fiction novel on it. Hystopia by David Means is an alternate history, set during President John F. Kennedy’s third term in office. And with the Vietnam War still raging, a new federal office is using drugs and therapy to wipe […]

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Best Science Fiction Books by Underated SF Author Carol Emshwiller

by Paul

Carol Emshwiller has just turned 95. Which probably makes her the oldest living science fiction writer. So it’s time to celebrate some of her very best work. Carol Emshwiller’s first story appeared in 1955, and her most recent collection of stories appeared as recently as 2011, that’s a hell of a long career for someone […]

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