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All Those Vanished Engines

An iconoclast's tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages.

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Quiet Revolutions

Two visions of a future where language and technology meet -- with unsettling results.

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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century

Why one of science fiction's most ambitious biographies proves one of its most essential.

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Two Memory Banks

New works of science fiction from Jo Walton and Mary Rickert depict the surreality, suppression, and suspense of recollection.

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Seeds of Ice and Fire

Ten writers the Game of Thrones fan needs to know.

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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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Empty Space

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

 

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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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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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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.

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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).