Tag Archive: PKD Award

Mar 27

Two Winners

The winners for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Science Fiction Awards have been announced. In the case of the PKD the award went to Ramez Naam for his book Apex.  Marguerite Reed took home a special citation (I suppose second place) for her novel Archangel. I really didn’t like Nexus, the first book in …

Continue reading »

Feb 05

Week 5: A New Podcast, Flying Saucers and Russian Mix Tapes

Books Read After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra Currently Reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty (1) Last weekend (31 January) Jonathan Strahan, James Bradley and I got together to discuss Adam Roberts’ superb novel The Thing Itself on the newly launched Coode Street Roundtable. The reason …

Continue reading »

Jan 29

Week 4: Opposities attracts, Immigration and Fun and Familiarity

Books Read Archangel by Marguerite Reed Windswept by Adam Rakunas Currently Reading After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain (1) The big news this week, at least from a literary standpoint, was that Frances Hardinge won the 2015 Costa Book of the Year for her novel The Lie Tree. I’ve only read one of her books, …

Continue reading »

Jan 22

Week 3: A sad farewell, Cliches and Transhumanism

Books Read (R)evolution by PJ Manney Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper Currently Reading Archangel by Marguerite Reed (1) On January 20 2016 David G. Hartwell, senior editor at Tor books, passed away after suffering from a massive stroke.  The many tributes that have been published make clear the role Hartwell played in influencing and shaping …

Continue reading »

Apr 05

And the winner of the Philip K Dick Award is…

… the magnificent The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by first time author Meg Elison. Not only did I rave about this book as part of my review of the award finalists but I also hoped it would win.  Elison has written a genuinely brutal post apocalyptic novel that also deals with gender and sexual identity.  So …

Continue reading »

Feb 02

Who Should Win the Philip K Dick Award?

Here’s a reminder of the nominees with handy links to my reviews: ELYSIUM by Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct Press) THE BULLET-CATCHER’S DAUGHTER by Rod Duncan (Angry Robot) THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE by Meg Elison (Sybaritic Press) MEMORY OF WATER by Emmi Itäranta (Harper Voyager) MAPLECROFT: THE BORDEN DISPATCHES by Cherie Priest (Roc) REACH …

Continue reading »

Feb 01

Book Review: Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett

What’s It About This is not an easy book to describe without giving away spoilers.  So I’ve borrowed from the back cover blurb. As the novel’s characters struggle to survive apocalypse, they are sustained and challenged by the demands of love in a shattered world both haunted and dangerous. Should I Read It? Yes.  While it’s …

Continue reading »

Jan 27

Book Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

What’s It About A plague has wiped out most of the population.  The bulk of those who have survived are men, which makes women a scare resource.  Our protagonist was once a nurse.  Now she survives by masquerading as a man and offering her services as nurse and midwife.  But what hope is there in …

Continue reading »

Jan 24

Book Review: Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

What’s It About The novel is set years into the future where global warning and rising seas has seen the destruction of cities, the takeover of Europe by China and the scarcity of fresh water. Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father which comes with its own responsibilities.  One of …

Continue reading »

Jan 20

Book Review: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

What’s It About The novel is set in an alternate history where, as a result of the 1811 Luddite Rebellion, the UK has been divided into the Kingdom of England and Southern Wales and the Anglo-Scottish Republic.  Keeping a keen eye on The Kingdom and the Republic (and a good chunk of Europe and America) is the International …

Continue reading »

Older posts «