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Factual science fiction? NASA partners with authors

William Forstchen’s new science fiction novel, Pillar to the Sky, is the first in a new series of “NASA-Inspired Works of Fiction,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The novel comes from a collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (that’s NASA to you and me) and science fiction publisher Tor. NASA scientists now […]

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Science fiction legend Frederik Pohl dies at 97

Frederik Pohl, one of science fiction’s most revered authors, has died at the age of 93. Born in 1919, Pohl was first published in 1937, a poem called Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna, in Amazing Stories magazine under the pseudonym of Elton Andrews. He won the Hugo Award for his 1977 novel Gateway, an […]

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10 reasons why 1984 matters in 2013

All the concern about government surveillance inspired us to revisit 1984 by George Orwell. It’s been 20 years at least since I read that novel and I’d forgotten about just how scary and how relevant that book is. On Reddit, I saw an interesting debate where people were discussing whether the ending matters. It does […]

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Big Brother sells rare books – first edition of 1984 goes for $3,000

Two first editions of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have sold this week on AbeBooks as surveillance by our governments continues to be the No.1 news story around the world. A first edition, first printing in a green dust jacket sold for $3,000 (about £1,913) and a first edition, first printing in the red dust jacket sold […]

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Jack Vance dies at 96

Locus is reporting the death of fantasy, science fiction and mystery writer Jack Vance. The author was 96 and died earlier this week in Oakland, California. He is well known for producing series of novels, including the Dying Earth, the Demon Princes books, the Planet of Adventure series, the Durdane trilogy and the Lyonesse fantasy […]

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William Gibson on reading, William Burroughs & cyberspace

William Gibson spoke at the New York public library last week and The Awl took the trouble of writing up much of what the author said. It’s interesting stuff from a writer who holds a very special position in the literary world. I was probably 12 or 13 years old, and I went virtually every […]

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Ralph 124C 41+ and Hugo Gernsback’s legacy

This oddly named science fiction book has quite a legacy. Ralph 124C 41+ was written by Hugo Gernsback and published in 12 parts in Modern Electrics Magazine, starting in April 1911. It was published as a book in 1925 (see above) with black and white illustrations drawn by the famous science fiction illustrator Frank R. […]

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The ideal box set for science fiction fans

This would be a great present for science fiction fans. A two-volume box set called American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, published by The Library of America. The 1950s was the golden age for American science fiction and this collection contains works by Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish and Alfred Bester. […]

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The Bestselling Science Fiction Books of All Time

Spotted at Book Patrol. For further reading, we have a little HG Wells, some Isaac Asimov, a touch of JG Ballard, a dollop of post-apocalyptic fiction and a tribute to Ray Bradbury,

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A bit of Mars will forever be Ray Bradbury’s

NASA has announced that the Mars Curiosity landing site is to be called Bradbury Landing in honour of science fiction legend Ray Bradbury. Of course, The Martian Chronicles are one of Bradbury’s most famous works. Curiosity’s Twitter account said: “In tribute, I dedicate my landing spot on Mars to you, Ray Bradbury. Greetings from Bradbury […]

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