An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.
The author of “The Given World” picks six war stories of brutality, humor, and beauty.
By COLM TÓIBÍN
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Discover Great New Writers program, Katherine A. Powers looks back at an early selection: Colm Toibin’s novel of a Irish exile in Catalonia.
By PAOLO BACIGALUPI
A dystopian drought fuels a story of survivors searching for the cure, with cues from the worlds of cyberpunk and crime noir. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.
A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”
An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.
In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.
Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.
This week in history: Constantinople falls, as present-day implications take root.
The actress and memoirist on her favorite books — including one that hits particularly close to home.
The author of “Snow Crash” and “Cryptonomicon” revisits a classic science fiction scenario: planetary disaster. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.
The Nobel Prize winner on socio-economic equality, crises in the Eurozone, and what it takes to achieve a fair society.
The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.
Fifty years ago this week: The Who’s “My Generation” drowns out the establishment.