Pillar to the Sky

An urgent mission to the cosmos bears the fortitude of the Founding Fathers and the Industrial Revolution's pioneers.

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The Time Traveler's Almanac

From the editors of The Weird, an ambitious collection of temporal quests and ingenious paradoxes.

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Black Moon

A bleary-eyed apocalypse in which zombies are replaced by the restlessly wakeful.

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Definitely Maybe

A classic of Russian science fiction resurfaces.

 

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The Crane Wife

A novel based on a Japanese folktale traces a journey of redemptive magic, art, and love.

 

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New Vessels: A Critic's SF Picks for 2013

Thirteen works of fantasy and science fiction that register fresh visions.

 

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Burning Paradise

In this Twilight Zone–esque novel, we really are surrounded.

 

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The Abominable

An adventure on the slopes of Mount Everest harks back to the ripping yarns of Kipling and Haggard.

 

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Doctor Sleep

The long-awaited sequel to The Shining proves a chilling American odyssey.

 

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Blood of Tyrants

An alternate history epic brings a British captain and his loyal dragon to battle with Napoleon's army.

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Neptune's Brood

The visionary adventure begun in Saturn's Children continues to extend the legacy of Heinlein and other foundational dreamers.

 

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The Long War and The Long Earth

A series from two legends of speculative fiction makes Manifest Destiny multiversal.

 

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The Human Division

A serialized war of worlds packs the analogous power of militaristic SF old and new.

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Empty Space

Another artful experiment from a genre-bending icon of science fiction.

 

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London Falling

Haunted London is home to a faceoff between psychic detectives and a ghastly killer.

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Sophomore Honor Roll

When second novels prove to be second nature.

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The Fractal Prince

A postmodern SF adventure melds twelfth-century folktales with twenty-first-century science.

 

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This Earth and Others: Four Visions in Comics

From steampunk animal fables to crime in the New Frontier.

 

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Almost Invisible Worlds

Five works of fantastika you might have missed this year.

 

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The Hydrogen Sonata

Seeking to define the New Space Opera through the work of one of its seminal practioners.

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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s

A single decade spawned many of the genre's acknowledged masterpieces.

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Dual Singularity

In two new books, Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross explore a future near to hand, and one a little more distant.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The ultimate identity theft.

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Existence

An alien artifact transforms a near-future earth.

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Siren Songs: Five New Fantasies by Women

Adventuring from a musically spellbound Naples to the universe's reference desk.

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2312

A gloriously real, Solar-centric space opera that heralds the dawn of a new SF paradigm.

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Across the Universe: A Wrinkle in Time Revisited

Why Madeleine L'Engle's star-spanning vision found its destination in readers' hearts.

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Angelmaker

Secret passages, doomsday devices, and fiendish masterminds populate a comic thriller.

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Grand Schemes

Two new works of science fiction demonstrate the limitless potential of the Big Idea.

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Blueprints of the Afterlife

An absurdist vision of America's future is a new monument of "slipstream" fiction.

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About the Columnist
Author of several acclaimed novels and story collections, including Fractal Paisleys, Little Doors, and Neutrino Drag, Paul Di Filippo was nominated for a Sturgeon Award, a Hugo Award, and a World Fantasy Award -- all in a single year. William Gibson has called his work "spooky, haunting, and hilarious." His reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Science Fiction Weekly, Asimov's Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.