2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose

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In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates

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Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

SF History, Guides to Champagne, The Beatles | Reference Reviews, January 2015

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A must-buy for sf aficionados and infographic enthusiasts; Stevenson delivers a superb tome to pore over or dip into selectively; Womack gives a wealth of information on the famous band in two volumes.

A Multiplicity of Realms | SF/Fantasy Genre Spotlight

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Growing diversity in source material, subgenres, and even publishing models expands the universe of speculative fiction.

Oldies but Goodies: Genre Backlists for Cool Summer Reads

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Past and present members of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Reading List Council share some of their favorite summer reading choices

Expect the Unexpected: New Stories from Octavia E. Butler

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Octavia E. Butler, one of the first African American science fiction authors to attract mainstream literary acclaim and the first writer in this genre to receive the MacArthur Fellowship (or the “Genius Grant”), died in 2006 at the age of 58.Today Open Road Integrated Media, Butler’s digital publisher, announced that it will publish two previously unpublished stories by the Hugo and Nebula-Award winning writer as an ebook.

RUSA’s Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2014

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At RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony, held Sunday January 26 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, the winners of the 2014 Reading List were announced.
Started in 2007 by RUSA’s CODES section, the list highlights genre fiction that merit special attention by adult readers and reader’s advisory librarians.

Popularity Contest: 2013 Hugo Awards Crown SF Winners

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The arrival of fall marks the start of the literary awards season. Already Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is being touted as an odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature next month. But the cynic in me guesses that the always inscrutable Swedish committee of judges will bypass the best-selling author of 1Q84, Kafka […]