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Awards: the Hugo nominations are out

April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The shortlist of nominees for the major science fiction gongs, the Hugo Awards, were announced this evening and the next iteration of the annual Worldcon of SF, Loncon 3, has all of the nominees in...

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Video: Alan Moore talks Robert Anton Wilson

April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our great bearded magus of Albion, Alan Moore, talks a little about Robert Anton Wilson and the influence Wilson’s ‘rational approach to occutlism’ had on him when he was younger and introduced to it by...

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The publisher Pan Macmillan is setting up a new award in honour of the great James Herbert, who we lost shockingly suddenly last year. From the description: “The prize, which will be awarded annually, aims...

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Reviews: I see a Black Moon rising…

March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Black Moon Kenneth Calhoun Hogarth There is a horrible sense of desperation, anxiety and dread that act as the life companions and follow in the footsteps of the life bully that is sleeplessness. Like the...

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That Robert Ball chap, he of the British Comic Award winning Winter’s Knight and the not nominated yet, but very, very good indeed Dangeritis (with WJC), has done a bit of a thing on Game...

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Books: the Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist

March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The shortlist for the Arthur C Clarke award, the UK’s most prestigious award for literary science fiction, was announced this evening, and it’s an interesting mix of new talent (such as Ann Leckie, who made...

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To do in Glasgow: Aye Write! Book Festival

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coming up next month, from 4th to the 12th of April is Aye Write!, the Glasgow book festival, and among the broad selection of authors attending this year our chums there are drawing our attention...

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Comics: Seawigs Ahoy!

March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sadly Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s Oliver and the Seawigs didn’t win the Blue Peter Book Awards this year (although they were on the shortlist of three for best story which is pretty impressive in...

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I’ve been a huge admirer of Jeff VanderMeer‘s writing for many years now, ever since I was given a copy of his City of Saints and Madmen, which collected a number of his Ambergris tales,...

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The Boy With The Porcelain Blade Den Patrick Gollancz I confess from the outset it was no desire for historical accuracy that drew me to this new book; it was rather the blurb on the...

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