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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.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).