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Gwen Ansell

Gwen Ansell

    Fantasy fails to enchant
    Fantasy fails to enchant
    ELEVATION: THE THOUSAND STEPS by Helen Brain (Human & Rousseau)
    Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
    Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
    “If you [hoist the movement flag] tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain....
    ​Steampunk unearths reality
    ​Steampunk unearths reality
    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
    Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
    Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
    "Of course,” agrees novelist Nnedi Okorafor, “anybody can write about anything. Nobody wants to shut anything down. But people [of a given...
    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
    The more levels it works on, the more delicious a book is. Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix — nominated for the Arthur C...
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
    The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)Gwen Ansell
    Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world
    Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world
    A recurring image in China Mieville’s 140-page novella This Census Taker is that of a deep pit concealed in a dark cave: a place for discarding...
    Close encounters with alien sex
    Close encounters with alien sex
    Space Raptor Butt Invasion is probably the crudest and most self-explanatory title to feature in the 2016 Hugo Award nominations announced last week. Nominating the short story, by one...
    Lunar novels in vastly different orbits
    Lunar novels in vastly different orbits
    Though they both occupy the science fiction shelves, Ian McDonald...
    Break Damascus bread in Jozi
    Break Damascus bread in Jozi
    When Moroccan writer Mohamed Choukri called his 1973 autobiography For Bread Alone, he was commandeering the powerful symbolism of...
    Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears
    Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears
    In 1962, the apartheid regime banned the...
    ‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank
    ‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank
    THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu (Head of Zeus)