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This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/28/12)
For our final issue of May, we have: "The Swedish Invasion: an interview with Karin Tidbeck" by Dustin Monk Jeremy L. C. Jones' column, "A Boy and His Ghosts: The House on Delaware Street" Michele Bannister's poem, "Sky-shaping" And in...
SH at Wiscon, by Niall Harrison (05/24/12)
Wiscon is here! Or over there, since sadly I remain in the UK this year. But for those of you who are attending, some items of SH interest. First up, the tea party is in room 629 on Sunday afternoon...
Science Fiction in the Edgelands, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
From NYRSF, an essay by Chris Nakashima-Brown: “BORDER CLOSED. NETWORK OPEN.” So reads the text of an information card handed out earlier this summer to occupants of the twelve lanes of cars backed up two hours and longer to cross...
Honesty Through Fantasy, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
Lavie Tidhar on why he writes in the fantastic: To write Israel one must step outside of its narrative ideology. To do so is neither popular nor acceptable. To question doctrine is dangerous at best. To ask why “fantasy” does...
Roundtable: Non-Western SF, by Niall Harrison (05/22/12)
In response to the Locus blog's rather Western discussion of non-Western sf, the World SF Blog organised its own discussion, featuring Aliette de Bodard (France), Joyce Chng (Singapore), Requires Hate (Thailand), Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines/The Netherlands), Ekaterina Sedia (Russian/USA), and Rachel...
SFFTA Nominees, by Niall Harrison (05/21/12)
This week's shortlists are for the snappily named 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards: Long Form Good Luck, Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi, translated from the Japanese by Neil Nadelman (Haikasoru) Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik, translated from the Arabic...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/21/12)
Time for another issue! This week we have: Nghi Vo's story, "Tiger Stripes" Rachael Jennings' poem, "Scene I, graveyard" John Clute's latest Scores, looking at Robert Sheckley and Brian Evenson (and endings) Abigail Nussbaum's review of The Avengers, with reviews...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (05/07/12)
In this week's issue we have: A story by Robert Reed: "Bright Lights" A poem by John Zaharick, " Neuschwabenland" Robyn Fleming's latest Dice and D-Pads column on "Playing with Emotion" and Mass Effect 3 And in reviews, today Erin...
The Success of the Clarke, by Niall Harrison (05/03/12)
Nina Allan pays tribute to this year's Clarke Award winner (here's a video of the presentation by Jeff Noon), and the Award itself: I think [The Testament of Jessie Lamb is] a beautiful book. Not just an imaginative use of...
And the winner is ..., by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
... The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers, which as stated earlier, was my preference from the shortlist. Many congratulations to Jane Rogers. Trivia notes: Jessie Lamb becomes the fourth consecutive winner written in the first person (after a...
Notes on a Shortlist 2012, by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
It's often said that our field is obsessed with awards, spends too much time arguing about them, and perhaps that's true; but that's not the same thing as saying that awards don't matter. They do matter, as one of the...
Clarke in Review, by Niall Harrison (05/02/12)
Being a roundup of coverage of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist; see also the pre-shortlist coverage of the books that Abigail rounded up here. Adam Roberts Part one (Bear, Magary, Mieville) Part two (Rogers, Stross, Tepper) Christopher Priest...