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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Sampling the Multiverse: Three from 2011

From a busy year in reading, these works of imaginative daring stand out.

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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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Reamde

A cyber thriller disguises a morality play of epic scope and scale.

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The Magician King

The return of Quentin Coldwater, now High King of Fillory, but still a tormented kid from Brooklyn.

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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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Fuzzy Nation

The author of the celebrated Old Man's War gives a beloved science fiction series a fresh start.

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Walking to Hollywood

The British author makes a tragicomic odyssey through an imaginary L.A.

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New Masters of Story

Three new works of fantasy evoke a Golden Age of fictional invention.

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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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Swamplandia!

A high-spirited tale of a gator-wrestling family and a young girl's quest, steeped in backwoods lore.

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The Universe Next Door

Brian Greene's audacious new book makes the case for the multiverse, in which everything that can happen, does.

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Beyond the Horizon: 21st-Century SF

A look at the stories from the beginning of the century this genre's been dreaming about.

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Of Cosmos and Crinolines: Three New Fantasies

Three new novels that find brave new worlds in surprising settings.

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Logical Surprise

Jane Smiley's history of the computer's genesis, and why science fiction never saw the Internet coming.

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Zero History

A slyly potent thriller that cocks an eyebrow at our trend-maddened culture.

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Rocket Men Redux

Is it time to resume our imaginative flights to other planets?

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The Castle in Transylvania

A new translation of a little-known classic helps remind us of Jules Verne's genius.

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Who Fears Death

A young heroine navigates post-apocalyptic Africa in an ambitious hybrid of fantasy and science fiction. Read more...

Full Steam Ahead

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

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Theodore Sturgeon: From Pulp to Sculpture

The penultimate volume in a collection that traces the career of one of science fiction's most eclectic voices. Read more...

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...

Makers

The new book from the award-winning author of Little Brother attempts to bring new life into a foundational concern of science fiction: the social role of the technological innovator. Read more...

The Year of the Flood

In Margaret Atwood's new novel, the nearest of futures continues to breed wild dreams and compelling nightmares. 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 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).