/Hailed by authors from George RR Martin to Neil Gaiman, Wolfe
was most known for his magnum opus The Book of
the New SunGene Wolfe
, a towering figure in science fiction
whose magnum opus The Book of
the New Sun was hailed as a masterpiece by Ursula K Le Guin, has died at the age of 87
’s publisher Tor, when announcing the news on Monday, described him as a “beloved icon”. “He leaves behind an impressive body of
work, but nonetheless, he will be dearly missed,” said the publisher, pointing t...
/Fresh from writing his own first sci-fi thriller, physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili chooses favourite books
that tackle the Earth in perilHaving written a number of
popular science books
, I decided three years ago to try my hand at fiction
. How hard could it be, I reasoned arrogantly. Well, harder than I thought. But I enjoyed writing Sunfall because it’s precisely the sort of
book I enjoy reading, even though lacking zombies, vampires or teenagers with superpowers, I guess Netflix won’t ...
/The multi award-winning writer of
The Left Hand of
Darkness and A Wizard of
Earthsea has died at her home in Portland, Oregon The literary universe has been rocked by the death of
Ursula K Le Guin, the American author whose seminal works, including the children’s fantasy Earthsea cycle and the groundbreaking gender-fluid science fiction
novel The Left Hand of
Darkness, have been hugely influential over the last half-century.Le Guin’s death on Monday at the age of
88 was announced by her family o...
/Actor who brought an air of
simmering danger to the role of
Avon in the TV series Blake’s 7The actor Paul Darrow, who has died aged
78, will be best remembered as the sardonic antihero Kerr Avon in all four series of
Blake’s 7 (1978-81), the BBC TV science fiction
show, created by Terry Nation, about rebellious outlaws fighting a cruel Federation.When Gareth Thomas, playing Roj Blake, left after two years, Avon became the main character. He was a terse, cold pragmatist with a fine line in purred...
/A public poll to mark 30 years of
the Royal Society book prizes sees The Selfish Gene
declared the most significant – with women authors left on the marginsDebates about the most influential science
all time habitually settle into a face-off between Darwin’s Origin of
Species and Newton’s Principia Mathematica. But a poll to celebrate the 30th anniversary of
the Royal Society science
book prize returned a more recent winner: Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene
. Related: 'As long as we stu...
/This rambling early novel by the late Chilean author fails to honour his brilliant legacyWhen Roberto Bolaño died aged
50 in 2003, he’d only witnessed the first flickers of
the extraordinary fame that was to come his way. His life until that point had been hand to mouth and itinerant, divided between Chile, where he was born, Mexico City and the Costa Brava, where he worked a variety of
menial jobs in the rundown seaside resort of
Blanes. By the time the Anglophone world got to read him, he was ...
/US professor raised early alarms about climate change and popularised term ‘global warming’The scientist Wallace Smith Broecker, who raised early alarms about climate change and popularised the term “global warming”, has died was 87
.The Columbia University professor and researcher died on Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ill in recent months. Continue reading... The scientist W...
/This week, Ian McEwan said his new AI novel was not science fiction
– and the world went mad. Sarah Ditum looks at why the genre retains its outsider statusIan McEwan’s latest novel, Machines Like Me, is a fiction
– specifically, artificial intelligence. It is set in an alternative reality where Alan Turing does not kill himself but invents the internet instead; where JFK is never assassinated and Margaret Thatcher’s premiership ends with the beginning of
the Falklands war. The nea...
/Oxford don champions children’s books
as figures show that sales to adults are soaringBy day, she researches the poetry of
John Donne as a fellow of
All Souls College, Oxford. But in the evening, when Dr Katherine Rundell wants a bit of
comfort, she reads Paddington. “As an adult, the thing I love about Paddington is that the structure Michael Bond has built into his books
is one of
hope. Things which appear to be negative turn out to be just cogs in the greater machine. I think Bond sees life a...
/South African activist, known affecitionately as Kathy, was highly critical of
Jacob Zuma and ANC government in later yearsThe South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of
Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule and a fellow Robben Island prisoner, has died aged 87
. Related: Nelson Mandela’s fellow ANC activist breaks silence to demand Jacob Zuma’s resignation Continue reading...The South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of
The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of
War who championed traditional Jewish values and American patriotismAt the beach and poolside in the Catskills holiday resorts popular with Jewish New Yorkers in the 1950s, along with the straw hats, suntan lotion and one-piece bathing suits, the novels of
Herman Wouk reigned supreme. Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud may have received lavish praise from critics in the New York Times, but Wouk’s bestsellers easily outsold the work of
every other Jewish w...
/While his music featured most famously in Pulp Fiction
, echoes of
Dale’s sound can be heard across the rock spectrum Dick Dale, godfather of
surf music, dies aged
81In theory at least, Dick Dale should have been a long-forgotten figure. He was the self-proclaimed King of
the Surf Guitar, and surf music – particularly in its instrumental, twangy-guitar-led variety – was a brief fad: one of
the passing fancies with which American pop occupied itself between the waning of
the first wave of
/Pioneering musician was known for 1962 hit Misirlou, the theme from Pulp Fiction
• Dick Dale: the surf guitar king whose wave kept on rollingThe guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of
surf rock known for his 1962 hit Misirlou, has died age 81.He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian. Continue reading... The guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of
surf rock known for his 1962 hit Misirlou, has died age 81.He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Boll...
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/Walcott, who died in Saint Lucia, was famous for his monumental body of
work that wove in Caribbean history, particularly his epic OmerosThe poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who moulded the language and forms of
the western canon to his own purposes for more than half a century, has died aged 87
.His monumental poetry, such as his 1990 epic Omeros, a Caribbean reimagining of
The Odyssey, secured him an international reputation which gained him the Nobel prize in 1992. Walcott also had an accomp...