Trivia: The Origins Of The Hugo Awards


A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE HUGO AWARDS

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MOST FAMOUS AWARD IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY?

 

GraphicI think that it is safe to assume that most readers of fantasy and science fiction literature have heard of the Hugo Awards, which take place annually to recognise the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.

The award is regarded by many as the most prestigious honour that can be bestowed in the field of science fiction and fantasy media.

Presented below are just a few facts about how the Hugo Awards came to be.

Continue reading

Trivia: Five Things You Should Know About Tanith Lee


THOUGH WE COME AND GO, AND PASS INTO THE SHADOWS…

Five interesting facts about the recently departed eccentric author of Tales Of The Flat Earth.

 

Last month, during my extended hiatus, came the announcement that one of Britain’s most acclaimed female fantasy authors had passed away. I am of course referring to Tanith Lee who died on 24th May. Though her mainstream popularity had waned significantly over the last decade or so, the sad news of her passing will likely spark renewed interest in Tanith Lee’s work. Hopefully this renewed interest will also give the big publishers the necessary kick up the behind to convince them to reprint new editions of her books.

Continue reading

Trivia: The Genesis Of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


IT ALL BEGAN WITH A PICTURE…

This is how The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe came to be, in C.S. Lewis’ own words.

 

You are no doubt aware that C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is one of the most beloved and successful children’s fantasy books in history. But have you ever wondered what inspired Lewis to write the story? Well it’s a question that has been answered in the book, Of Other Worlds: Essays And Stories, a posthumously published anthology of essays and unpublished stories by Lewis.

Book Cover _ Book Cover _ Book Cover _ Book Cover

Continue reading

Trivia: The Winners Of Both The Hugo And Nebula Awards For Best Novel


IT HAS OCCURRED MORE OFTEN THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

An elite group of novels and their authors have achieved the ultimate accolade of winning both awards at the same time.

 
Graphic

As you are no doubt already aware, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award are the two most prestigious honours bestowed upon works of fantasy and science fiction. But did you know that 23 books have achieved the double whammy of winning both awards for Best Novel? The most recent being Ancillary Justice, the début science fiction novel by American author Ann Leckie.

Below, I present you with the complete list of books that have accomplished this impressive feat for their writers.

Continue reading

Trivia: The Inspiration For, The Man In The High Castle


CREATIVITY DOESN’T OCCUR IN A VACUUM

HERE IS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THE INSPIRATION FOR PHILIP K. DICK’S ALTERNATE HISTORY CLASSIC

 

As you may already know, The Man In The High Castle is the Hugo Award winning, alternate history novel in which the Allies lost the Second World War, by American science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. What you may not know, is that the writer cited the primary influence for his work was the 1953 novel, Bring The Jubilee, by Ward Moore, which occurs in an alternate history, twentieth century United States wherein the Confederate States of America won the American Civil War in the 1860s.

Book Cover _ Book Cover _ Book Cover _ Book Cover

You learn something new everyday! (Assuming, of course, that you weren’t already aware of this fun and cheerful fact.)

Continue reading