With our editor as one of 11% of the UK adult population without internet connection (according to the UK regulator Ofcom), and so whose been in digital lockdown, news has been coming in from team members on paper and USB memory sticks, as have book reviews. A couple of periods of lockdown lifting has meant that library cybercafes have at times been open and this has enabled some articles to be sent in. Nonetheless, we have managed to pull together a seasonal edition.
Thanks to those that have stuck with us.
A new 'Best of' Nature 'Futures' short SF story. These are only one-page short stories and under arrangement with the weekly science journal Nature we select those that we think are among the best each year. You get to see those that the author has given us permission to re-post. (So far, for over a decade, all authors approached have kibndly given us their permission.)
For details of / links to the new content, scroll down to beneath 'Most recently added' below.
Stop Press: Hugo Awards
The Hugo Award short-lists were announced subsequent to posting our edition for the summer period. The short-lists for the principal -- 'Best Novel' and 'Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form' -- categories were:-
Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse
The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin
Harrow The Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
Network Effect, Martha Wells
Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal
Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The Old Guard
Voting on the final ballot, by members of this year's SF Worldcon, DisCon III, will begin in late April and will close 19th November, 2021. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at DisCon III, which will be held 15th -19th December, 2021 in Washington, DC, USA.
Full details of all the Hugo Award categories can be found over at www.thehugoawards.org.
Up mid-September 2021, our Autumnal edition*.
* 'Autumn' here being the northern hemisphere, academic year autumn.
This will contain our seasonal news page of SF (books, film and TV) and science research summaries. It will also feature the usual forthcoming SF, fantasy and popular science book listings from the major UK publishers (which will also be available from specialist SF bookshops in other countries): something doubly handy in the run up to Christmas. Meanwhile, you can check out our current and archive seasonal science fiction and science news pages.
Hopefully you should find something below to tickle your fancy. Also, why not have a snoop around our past material using the quick links on the short-cut column left of here. There are plenty of articles and the past seasonal news pages have links to other items of interest including YouTube videos and film trailers. There's also plenty of on the site to mine. As a teaser we have included, in the last edition below, one, ten years old, from the archives.
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Most recently added
v31(3) 2021.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series
v31(2) 2021.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2021
Social media alerts at Twitter, Facebook.
v31(2) 2021.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v31(2) 2021.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews
v31(1) 2021.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2021
Full 'What's New' list