Gwen Ansell

Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world

A recurring image in China Mieville’s 140-page novella

Close encounters with alien sex

Alien relations served writer Alice Bo Sheldon well as a metaphor for the gender obtuseness and sexual obsessions of dominant human males on Earth.

Lunar novels in vastly different orbits

Frank Schatzing's Limit is a tautly-written blockbuster while Ian MacDonald's Luna - New Moon is a dark fantasy, writes Gwen Ansell.

Break Damascus bread in Jozi

A refugee family is producing traditional Syrian Pita bread and pastries for the South African market.

Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears

Violence and murder – of Marikana miners and foreigners – inspired works by saxophonist Salim Washington

‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank

Fascinating arguments and ideas combined with a taut narrative tension make prize-winning novel by eminent author hard to put down.

REVIEW: Poetry that flays the senses

Lesego Rampolokeng’s latest collection reveals a poet who is ­adept at harsh, harrowing ­imagery and flights of sonic beauty.

Cape Town Jazz Fest 2016: Line up promises to dazzle fans

Some local jazz heavyweights and a clutch of crowd pullers are setting the right tone for next year's festival.

Tigerman: Escape from the genredarmes

Speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, thriller – who cares about genres when the writing is as good as in the novels reviewed here.

William Parker: Back to bass licks

As the bassist prepares for his Joy of Jazz show, Gwen Ansell unpacks the musician's life and the label “avant-garde”, which he has been linked to.

The word is out: Pratchett lives

Following Terry Pratchett's death, Gwen Ansell pays tribute to a writer whose scale of vision and literary skill has made him a legend.

Jeff VanderMeer trilogy: A curious heart lends triumph

Healthily contaminated, this keenly anticipated science fiction trilogy cannot be neatly categorised.

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