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 ...
When choosing which science fiction or fantasy book to read, a good place to start is by picking a book written by an author who has been recognized for their outstanding achievement in the field of sf/f writing.
Jump-start your 2012 reading with SF Signal's picks for January.
Noting superior achievement in sf/f writing is the purpose of The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, presented annually to the winning author by the Science Fiction and Fantasy ...
As we say goodbye to 2011 and feast on the dregs of best-of-the-year lists, let's not forget that reading is a journey and not a destination. That means that there are more books right around the corner. And that means it's time for my monthly peek at forthcoming worthwhile science fiction and fantasy books!
Read SF Signal on December sci-fi and fantasy books.
The Fat Years by Koonchung Chan
In near-future Beijing, an entire month of history has ...
Proponents of literary science fiction are often so fixated on proving the literary merits of sf, that it's easy to overlook a simple fact: reading science fiction can be fun.
Read the last SF Signal on the great Let's Talk Zombies columns.
Sure, there is a certain kind of pleasure that can be derived from literature utilizing symbolism and dabbling in The Deeper Meaning of Life (DML)—sf can easily be a vehicle for substantial food for thought—but ...