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Authors To Look Out For

Bolesław Prus   Those who have read my previous articles for the Books Section already know of my love for the works of Bolesław Prus. Even in his native Poland he is not a particularly popular author, often obscured by his more popular, and populist, contemporary, Henryk Sienkiewicz. I, however, believe that ...
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  • Friday June 13, 2014

Summer Reading Picks

  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams   Douglas Adams’ famous humour series has appeared in many formats – a radio show, a TV series, a film. The books, however, remain many people’s favourite. The story follows everyman ...
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  • Friday May 2, 2014

The Dying Earth

  Though I fancy myself reasonably well read in the field of science fiction and fantasy I must admit that there are quite a few classic authors of the genre whose work I haven’t read at ...
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  • Friday March 21, 2014

Notes to a Fresher 3

Advice translated by the Mouth of the Eye of Queen’s Tower, scribed by the Hand of the Eye of Queen’s Tower   I sigh as I – the Eye of Queen’s Tower – frown down upon the throng in Sherfield. I sigh because it is lunchtime, and once more, there is a queue, nay, a brawl, of thirty hungry, snarling students jostling ...
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  • Friday March 14, 2014

Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice, the debut novel of Ann Leckie, is one of those novels that had been recommended to me by pretty much everyone. However, as is often the case, my other commitments, and my impressively long reading list, made me put off picking up for quite a while. Now, having finally read it, I realise that I should have heeded ...
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  • Friday March 7, 2014

Charles Stross

I am writing about Charles Stross because of the upcoming Picocon science fiction convention, which he will be attending as one of the Guests of Honour. He has contributed to the Science Fiction and Fantasy field with his novels, his blogging, and his roleplaying work. Of these three things, the roleplaying work is perhaps the least notable. Stross worked on first ...
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  • Friday February 21, 2014

Singularity Sky

It’s hard to decide whether Singularity Sky is hard or soft sci-fi. Inherent to the setting of the book is faster-than-light (FTL) travel and an omnipotent, post-singularity AI. However that stuff is all really just a backdrop to incredibly nerdy (and delightful) discussions of spaceship-to-spaceship combat at relativistic velocities, and a gleeful dissection of how FTL travel inherently leads to ...
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  • Friday February 21, 2014

Tea & Coffee Truths

One day I may look back on my life and realise that my first love was not a person but a place... Our world is full, bursting and strained like never before. We have the power to suppress disease, pacify hunger, come and go as we so choose. Things have grown, unfurled like ivy tendrils that are infinitely rich and thick. ...
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  • Friday February 21, 2014