Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ascendancies – D.G. Compton

I was attracted to reading D.G. Compton by some of the posts around the time of the British S.F. Masterworks meme. It seems that he hasn’t published anything since the late 1990s and, as far as I can tell, there’s … Continue reading

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The SF Mistressworks meme

You may be aware of some recent chat on Twitter and amongst SF bloggers regarding the preponderance of SF by male writers in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series. Not to be too critical of the series, I (cough) own all … Continue reading

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The Late Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello

Italian novelist and play-write Luigi Pirandello published his first novel Il fu Mattia Pascal in 1904. It has received a couple of translations into English, named The Late Mattia Pascal, first in 1923 and subsequently by William Weaver in 1964, … Continue reading

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The Dream Years – Lisa Goldstein

Lisa Goldstein’s 1985 novel, The Dream Years was a recommendation from Kev McVeigh following the announcement of a new set of books to be added to the Gollancz SF Masterworks and following from the discussions at Torque Control regarding women … Continue reading

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Arthur C. Clarke Award 2011

For those of you not already aware (of course you are) this year’s nominees for the Clarke Award have been announced. To, recap, then they are: Zoo City – Lauren Beukes The Dervish House – Ian McDonald Monsters of Men … Continue reading

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Rogue Moon – Algis Budrys

Rogue Moon was recommended to me on Twitter by Jonathan McCalmont who commented on the gloriously demented nature of the novel. In particular, he drew my attention to the misogyny that suffuses it. This is a novel filled with manly … Continue reading

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