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age of 58.Today Open Road Integrated Media, Butler’s digital publisher, announced that it will publish two previously unpublished stories by the Hugo and Nebula-Award winning writer as an ebook.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 […]

New Worlds to Explore | Genre Spotlight

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Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.

Illusion and Empathy in Science Fiction | ALA 2013

“The mixing of factual and counterfactual is not singular to sci fi and fantasy,” Timothy Zahn (“Thrawn Trilogy”) began. Zahn and Brandon Sanderson (“Mistborn”), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), David Brin (“Uplift”), Elizabeth Bear (Shattered Pillars), and John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War”) were charged with talking about the probable and improbable in science fiction (and, to a certain extent, in fantasy too). Organized by the Library and Information Technology Association and with help from Tor, the Saturday, June 28 panel was packed.

SF/Fantasy Newsworthy | February 2013

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The latest news from the SF/F world.

SF/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note | December 2012

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Notable mass market sf/f releases from the Dec. issue.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews | December 2012

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Reviews of Thomas Boyczuk’s The Book of Thomas Vol 1: Heaven, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, plus a full list of sf/f reviews in the Dec. issue.

SF/Fantasy Debut of the Month | November 15, 2012

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Review of Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s When the Blue Shift Comes.

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