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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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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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Grand Schemes

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

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Fight the System

Future dystopias are the settings for a growing number of stories for teens.

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The Children of the Sky

The long-awaited sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep explores a post-Singularity universe.

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The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown

Science fiction authors aid the war effort during WWII with fruits of their imaginations made real.

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The Icebreaker

A  celebration of Russian satirist Vladimir Sorokin, a Swiftian writer whose work is steeped in the tropes of science fiction.

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Full Steam Ahead

Four new literary adventures suggest that the hybrid genre of steampunk is still on the boil.

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Galileo's Dream

From the award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy, an intellectual adventure that shuttles between the 17th and 31st centuries. Read more...

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 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…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.