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Palimpsest – Catherynne M. Valente

Palimpsest is one of the novels I’d chosen to read in order that I could have a bigger pool of novels to choose from when compiling a ten novels by women for the Clarke for Vector. Which, incidentally, is going … Continue reading

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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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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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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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More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon (SF Masterworks)

It’s good to see Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human kept in print through the SF Masterworks series. Sturgeon is probably more famed for his pronouncements on SF (Sturgeons law, which states that “90% of science fiction is crap, but that’s … Continue reading

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Make Room! Make Room! – Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison’s 1966 novel, Make Room! Make Room! is probably more familiar to people through the film, starring Charlton Heston, Soylent Green which I’d seen several times before I read this book. It had been out of print for a … Continue reading

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Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is well known and highly regarded for her young adult novels. Who Fears Death is her first foray into full-length adult novels. Who Fears Death is set in (for most of the book) an unnamed (though it’s clear … Continue reading

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The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula Le Guin (SF Masterworks)

Ursula Le Guin’s 1971 novel, The Lathe of Heaven, is interesting in many ways. I do feel the need to confess that I’ve not actually read a great deal of Le Guin’s other work (The Dispossessed and The Left Hand … Continue reading

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Counting Heads – David Marusek

Not particularly up to date with this one (first published in 2005), but I’m about to read the more recent follow up Mind Over Ship and thought I’d pop my thoughts on the preceding novel here. Actually, as far as … Continue reading

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The Female Man – Joanna Russ (SF Masterworks)

As this is being republished later in the year in the SF Masterworks series, I thought that I’d review it just now. Make myself seem up to the minute, y’know? Although… “up to the minute” might be stretching it, given … Continue reading

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