Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dreaming In Smoke – Tricia Sullivan

A recent thread on Torque Control about Women and the Clarke Awards, got me thinking about my genre reading habits. The thread had its genesis in an interview with 1999 Clarke Award winner, Tricia Sullivan. The first thing that occurred … Continue reading

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The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino

I read Calvino’s wonderful If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller a few years ago on a whim, not, at the time, knowing much about his work. It immediately became (and continues to be) one of my favourite books. An … Continue reading

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The Quantum Thief – Hannu Rajaniemi

Anybody with more than a passing interest in literary SF will be aware of Finnish mathematician, Hannu Rajaniemi’s début novel The Quantum Thief. Long trailed as a masterpiece, it’s fair to say that there this novel has great deal of … Continue reading

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Women and the Clarke

At the start of October, an interview with 1999 Clarke Award winner Tricia Sullivan provoked a huge and wide-ranging discussion on Torque Control about, initially, the representation of female writers on the short-lists. This broadened somewhat to become a particularly … Continue reading

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Unpleasant Tales – Brendan Connell

Brendan Connell’s Unpleasant Tales collects 22 pieces of his short fiction, much of which has been published elsewhere, including an anthology from Nightshade Books. The stories in Unpleasant Tales are horrific, weird, fantastical and shocking. They feature, amongst many other … Continue reading

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu

Charles Yu’s début novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe follows the protagonist (Charles Yu) as he goes about his business of repairing faulty time-machines and writing a book called How to Live Safely in a Science … Continue reading

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Ward Moore – Bring the Jubilee (SF Masterworks)

Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee is one of the key works of alternate history SF. It tells that, by now, hoary old tale of “what if the south won the American civil war?” The narrator of the novel (born in … Continue reading

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