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A Newly Visible World: Exploring Science Fiction from China

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A Newly Visible World: Exploring Science Fiction from China

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American readers are just beginning to explore the wonders of Chinese science fiction. Essay by Paul Di Filippo.
Worlds of the New Dreamers: Fresh Fantasy from Women Writers

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Worlds of the New Dreamers: Fresh Fantasy from Women Writers

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Surveying recent works of fantasy -- and one collection about the craft of writing it -- by five women writers keen to explore the worlds of their creation. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
The Gradual

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The Gradual

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The spirit of SF's New Wave lives on in craftily twisty work of Christopher Priest, and his new novel "The Gradual" is no exception. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
Hot Tomorrow: The Urgency and Beauty of Cli-Fi

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Hot Tomorrow: The Urgency and Beauty of Cli-Fi

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Two new anthologies -- and a recent novel -- show the range of fictional responses to the transformation of the planet via climate change. Essay by Paul Di Filippo.
The Art of the Anthologist: The Big Book of Science Fiction

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The Art of the Anthologist: The Big Book of Science Fiction

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In a new collection, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer redraw the map of science fiction -- and demonstrate the creative power of the anthology. Essay by Paul Di Filippo.
Rising Tide on a Steel Beach: SF Dreams the Anthropocene

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Rising Tide on a Steel Beach: SF Dreams the Anthropocene

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Paul Di Filippo looks at the ways speculative fiction has imagined a future planet made in our image.
Dreaming in Laughter: New Comic Fantasy

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Dreaming in Laughter: New Comic Fantasy

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Why so serious, science fiction? And why does fantasy get all the laughs? Paul Di Filippo looks at two new works of reality-bending comedy.
Arcadia

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Arcadia

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An Oxford fantasy writer develops a portal to enter his own creation in Iain Pears' time-and-reality-spanning new novel. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
Medusa’s Web

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Medusa’s Web

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The latest from a master of dark fantasy turns on a house in the Hollywood Hills, and a monstrous form of addiction.
Harvest of Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016

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Harvest of Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016

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Paul Di Filippo's literary time machine surveys a new year in fantastika.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Nightmare

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Nightmare

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Revisiting fantasy and horror in the era of The Twilight Zone, Paul Di Filippo rediscovers two midcentury American visionaries.
Alice Forever

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Alice Forever

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Lewis Carroll is celebrated for his fantastical language and logic, but it's his heroine who lives on and on. Paul Di Filippo looks at Alice in guises old and new.