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.
Well, the good news, following a couple of months break in CoVID-19 lockdown, we are back with an almost full seasonal edition. This means the return of a semi-reasonable seasonal news page, so the season's film, television and SF/F publishing news subsections have returned all be they somewhat limited. Thanks to several genre publishers who sent PDFs of their catalogues, we have managed to pull together the popular forthcoming SF book, forthcoming fantasy, forthcoming SF non-fiction and popular science book listings. SF² Concatenation is one of the few places on the internet that lists titles from several specialist SF/F/H imprints in one place.
As done every January (remember back then?), we had our choices as to the Best SF books and Best SF films of the previous year. Just a bit of fun, yes, but over the years every year, one of either our choice of books or films, often both, subsequently go on to be short-listed for a major award (Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Locus etc.) some even win. See our track record (scroll down). Anyway, already we can see that some of our choices as to the best novels and films of last year are being short-listed for awards. Later in the year we will see if any perhaps win.
By the way, if you have never checked out the seasonal news pages' science news sections then this time you might want to do so. The natural science section includes the season's round-up of SARS / CoVID-19 research, whose short summaries feature the titles of the primary research academic papers being reported and which you can cut-n-paste into 'Google Scholar' to see the whole paper or its abstract. Our reassurance to you that there is no fake news here. (One of the plus points of SF² Concatenation being founded and largely run by scientists.)
Also this edition sees the return of a full complement of standalone book reviews with over a score of titles reviewed.
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:-
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.
Before then we hope to see the reurn of the 'Best of Nature "Futures" short stories'. Because of the lockdown we have been unable to secure copyright permissions but are now doing this. We therefore hope to post the first story mid-summer. The second will be rolled into our autumnal edition in September. Then, as usual, we will have one in mid-November and one mid-December prior to the Christmas New Year festivities.
Meanwhile, 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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