Red Plenty

Noted for his free-wheeling and eclectic nonfiction,  Francis Spufford offers a debut novel that brilliantly displays his researcher's talents along with a new flair for science-fictional world-building. Painting a vivid portrait of the near-mythic 1950s period of the Soviet Empire, when the planned economy seemed seemed likely to outpace capitalism's free market, Spufford conjures up a deluded Russian era when ideological wishful thinking became state policy.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.