Up Against It

Although billed as a virginal production by M. J. Locke, this "debut" novel really represents the stealth relaunch of a fine writer, Laura Mixon-Gould. A state-of-the-art solar system space opera finds the heroine struggling against an assortment of engineering troubles that bedevil the asteroid colony of Phoecea. A page-turning parable, one might say, for the crumbling infrastructure of our own era.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.