Science fiction

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So here’s a question. Do e-books or p-books better satisfy our needs and desires as primates? Before I [...]

‘Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world’

By David Rothman
July 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Planet hacking—in the era of climate change? Who knows? But when it comes to eco issues in sci-fi, Frank Herbert went there fifty years ago with the publication of Dune. A new Guardian article reflects on the importance of the book. Excerpt: “Though Dune won the Nebula and Hugo [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the SF generation gap

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is compiling an anthology for Baen of classic SF stories by women, and as part of the project has started a website about women in science fiction. Along the way, one of her readers wrote to her about Andre Norton, bringing up an important point—over the last couple decades [...]

Book review: The Rhesus Chart, by Charles Stross, Little, Brown

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Successors to the Lovecraftian legacy are many and variable, but Charles Stross‘s Laundry Files cycle is among the most distinguished. Scientific rigour combined with bleak pessimism would surely appeal to HPL himself, especially when seasoned with the same genre spice as Weird Tales days [...]

Still time to vote in the World Fantasy Awards Ballot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nominations for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards are approaching their close, as the end of the voting window draws near. As per the World Fantasy Convention 2015 website, “the World Fantasy Awards Ballot is being sent to all members of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Fantasy Conventions,” [...]

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

In the flurry of science fiction, fantasy and horror awards due this time of year, after the announcement of the Bram Stoker Awards winners and the Shirley Jackson Awards finalists, now we have the John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists for 2015. And I should confirm that neither Emily St. John [...]

Fantastic fun at the York Pubmeet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

For anyone wanting to down a few jars or five to get over the shock of the UK General Election results, or the conviction that they’re now living in fantasyland, the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) have organized their third York Pubmeet, for fans [...]

Sad Puppies: The dog that just won’t lie down

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 8, 2015 // 7 Comments

Sad Puppies, and the whole Hugo Awards 2015 fiasco-in-the-making, appear to be generating more reader eyeballs than the hapless works themselves on this year’s slate ever will. Mine included. And there are now any number of dogfights, cases of barking up the wrong tree or tail-chasing, or [...]

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards announced

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

For those who having been following it, there’s plenty of controversy around the 2015 Hugo Awards, but for those who just want the list… The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday. More than 2,100 ballots were received (including three by paper), setting a [...]

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