Did everyone take advantage of that extra reading day in February? I hope so, because March promises another healthy dose of science fiction and fantasy literary goodness. Take a look at these tasty top-tier offerings...
Catch up on February's must-read SF Signal list.
And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht
Leicht's first novel, Of Blood and Honey, was universally well-received for its realistic character portrayals, its rich and textured depiction of historical Ireland, as well as its ...
There are lots of reasons people enjoy reading fiction. To name a few: entertaining escapism, connecting emotionally with the characters and engaging in social discussions like book clubs. But one of the most rewarding aspects of reading has a more significant and meaningful impact. It's how literature can make us reflect upon our own lives.
Read the last SF Signal on the academic side of speculative fiction with Karen Burnham.
Here's a secret: No kind of fiction tells ...
It may surprise you to know that people see science fiction and fantasy literature as more than mere vehicles of entertainment. In addition to enjoying the fiction side if things, there is gratification in knowing about the history and culture behind it. But what exactly is speculative fiction academics? And what does it teach us about the field?
Read the last SF Signal on discovering cool new worlds.
To answer these questions I turned to Karen Burnham.
Burnham is a ...
One of the joys of reading science fiction is the chance to visit faraway worlds. While many faraway places simply offer up locales that mimic what we can find already here on Earth—Dune, I'm looking at you—it's the worlds that are vastly different from our own that crank up the Wow Factor.
This week let's take a look at some of the cool worlds that science fiction has to offer.
Read the last SF Signal and discover ...
A new month comes with a new crop of science-fiction and fantasy books, and thus a new list of reading suggestions to satisfy your reading hunger. Let's dive right in, shall we?
Read all about the Grand Masters of Sci Fi.
The Chosen Seed by Sarah Pinborough
Set in a near future Dystopia that's frighteningly real, Pinborough's foreground focus is on a mystery of Inspector Cass Jones. Framed for murder, he’s on the run and on the ...
This week, we conclude our look at the science-fiction Grand Masters—those writers noted for their outstanding achievement in science-fiction/fantasy writing, and therefore a great place to start when looking for good sci-fi and fantasy titles.
Have you missed Grand Masters One, Two or Three?
2004 - Robert Silverberg (1935 - )
For the prolific author that he is, Silverberg's work is uniquely devoid of sequels. This is a testament to his inventiveness, as are the numerous awards he's collected in ...
This week, we continue our look at the science fiction Grand Masters, those writers noted for outstanding achievement in science-fiction/fantasy writing, and therefore a great place to start when looking for good sci-fi/fantasy titles.
Read Grand Masters Part 1 and Part 2.
1996 - A.E. van Vogt (1912-2000)
A.E. van Vogt was a one of the central Golden Age writers who became noted for his inventive, fast-moving science-fiction stories.
The World of Null-A (1945, plus ...
This week, we continue our look at the science fiction Grand Masters—those writers noted for outstanding achievement in sci-fi/fantasy writing, and therefore a great place to start when looking for good sf/f titles.
Read last week's SF Signal on the Grand Masters of Sci Fi and Fantasy.
1986 - Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)
Clarke was one of science fiction's "big three" (the other two being Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov) and is noted for his believable ...