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SFBook Book of the year 2013

This last 12 months have seen some outstanding pieces of literature released, some of them from well established authors such as Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Paul McAuley, Christopher Priest and Adam Roberts (to name a few) but with many surprises from new voices such as Peter Higgins, Andrew Buckley, Al Ewing, Jay Posey and Stella Gemmell (again to name but a few).

On the awards front it's been an interesting year. Both the Hugo and Locus award for best novel was won by John Scalzi's parody Redshirts, the Nebula by Kim Stanley Robinson for 2312 while Adam Roberts took home both the BSFA and John W Campbell award for Jack Glass. The World Fantasy award went to the quite special novel A...

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written by Ant on Sunday 22nd December 2013
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Behind the Sofa - An Excerpt

Behind the Sofa - An Excerpt

To co-incide with the publication of Steve Berry's Behind the Sofa and the 50th Anniversary of the worlds longest running science fiction show - Doctor Who, we are lucky enough to have an excerpt - written by none other than funnyman Paul Whitehouse.

Behind the Sofa is published by Gollancz (you can see the details here) and all royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the charity Alzheimers Research UK.

We've also written a review of the book ...

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written by Ant on Friday 22nd November 2013
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The Night of the Doctor

The Night of the Doctor, a fitting death for an under-rated Doctor and a stroke of genius to bring back Paul McGann.

As the hype ramps up for the 50th Anniversary special episode this is one part of the proceedings that are well and truly justified.

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written by Ant on Friday 15th November 2013
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Dr Easy, created to help you

Dr Easy, created to help you

The Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua has often been said to be a vastly under-rated novel, not receiving the attention it deserves - Charlie Jane Anders over at Io9 has even gone so far as to say it's one of the decades most under-rated. I must admit that even though it had been short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award back in 2008, I hadn't heard of it till this little short story made an appearance (which goes some way to showing how much in obscurity it remains).

Dr Easy is a short story based on De Abaitua's novel and created by Film4, Bafta award winning visual effects studio JellyFish and Warp Films. It's been picked as an official selection for the 2013 Edinbu...

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written by Ant on Friday 28th June 2013
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Pick up Mountain Man for Free!

Pick up Mountain Man for Free!

To celebrate Mountain Man being optioned for a film by up and coming scriptwriter Matt Deller ("Manhattan Undying"), the Author Keith Blackmore is offering the Mountain Man ebook for free on Amazon UK & Amazon US from now until the 23rd June (this Sunday).

Mountain Man introduces us to a world that is now mostly inhabited by the walking undead and Augustus Berry (Gus) lives a day-to-day existence t...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 19th June 2013
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Stephen King’s Joyland Online Carnival Tour

Stephen King’s Joyland Online Carnival Tour

Step right up! Step right up! Talk “the Talk” @Titan Books to Win Money-Can’t-Buy Prizes.

Best-selling author Stephen King returns with a breathtaking tale of love – and loss – set in a 1970s North Carolina amusement park.

Celebrating the release of this bittersweet coming-of-age novel, Titan Books and Hard Case Crime are teaming up with a series of digital partners to host competitions to win a free copies of Joyland and a limited run of EXCLUSIVE JOYLAND canvas prints of Glen Orbik’s cover painting.

Who dares enter the world of JOYLAND to win these unique prizes?

Playing the game is simple.

To be entered in...

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written by Ant on Thursday 6th June 2013
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Freda Warrington’s Blood Wine Tour

Freda Warrington’s Blood Wine Tour

From award-winning British fantasy author Freda Warrington, A Taste of Blood Wine (Titan Books, May 2013) is the first novel of a gothic vampire melodrama.

To celebrate the return of the critically acclaimed Blood Books in collectable paperback and e-book edition, Titan Books and Freda Warrington are serialising two rare and risqué stories set within the universe of the Blood Books across a series of websites and blogs.

We’re publishing the final part of a short story called Little Goose. Read the rest of the tale here: Freda Warrington's Blood Wine Tour

Little Goose:...

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written by Ant on Friday 17th May 2013
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Awards Round-up April 13

It seems that there have been a number of Award related events happening over the Easter weekend. Not only has the Philip K Dick award winner been announced but also the British Science Fiction Awards have been presented and this years Hugo's shortlisted.

The winner of the 2013 Philip K Dick award is Brian Francis Slattery for his post-apocalyptic tale Lost Everything (another book to add to the "must read list"). I am delighted to announce that the winner of the BSFA award for best novel goes to none other than Adam Roberts for Jack Glass - a very well deserved win and a highly rewarding read. Considering the competition the novel was up against (Kim Stanley Robinson, Chris Beckett, M. John Harrison and Ken Macleod) it can't been ...

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written by Ant on Monday 1st April 2013
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A Chinese Future?

A Chinese Future?

At the beginning of March Art of War - the 5th book in David Wingrove's re-imagined epic Chung Kuo series was released (expect a review of books 4 and 5 on SFBook soon). To celebrate David Wingrove has kindly graced our site with an article about "Future Histories", an insightful look at how he wrote about China in the distant future.

Future histories. I used to love reading Isaac Asimov’s and Robert A. Heinlein’s, ditto Frank Herbert’s and Ursula LeGuin’s. And I’m a sucker for Iain Banks’ Culture novels. I love the incredible sense of time and space these futures envisaged. But – with maybe LeGuin...

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written by Ant on Monday 25th March 2013
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Book of the Year 2012 - Winner

Due to an authors concern with the Book of the year Poll this year I have decided that the winner will be chosen by myself instead (these polls seem to attract trouble for some reason). Apologies to anyone who took the time to vote and I would like to thank each and every one of you for all for the support shown over the last month. Next year I plan on creating a shortlist and winner internally to avoid any further difficulties.

It's been a very tough decision to choose just one book, each of the nominated twelve are worthy of the honour - themselves chosen from over 160 book reviews written and published this year on SFBook. In the end through much thought I short-listed them to a final 3:

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written by Ant on Monday 7th January 2013