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This year saw the publication of Grandmaster Samuel R. Delany's first novel in half a decade, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. As if that were not enough, hard on its heels comes this welcome reissue of his essay collection from 1984, subtitled "More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction." His analysis of Heinlein's under-appreciated Glory Road is alone worth the price of admission.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…