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Chilling Effect Is an Off-the-Wall Zany Space Opera with Real Heart

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Chilling Effect Is an Off-the-Wall Zany Space Opera with Real Heart

Valerie Valdes debut novel Chilling Effect began its publishing life with #DVPit, the popular Twitter pitch content in which authors try to sell their...
8 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books We Wish Weren’t Standalones

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8 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books We Wish Weren’t Standalones

I think we can all agree that not all science fiction stories need to span multiple volumes, and not all fantasy series need to be as long as they end up...
13 Books for Japanese RPG Fans

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13 Books for Japanese RPG Fans

From Final Fantasy to Phantasy Star, Japanese RPGs have been a huge source of inspiration for a whole generation of science fiction and fantasy writers....
Deborah Hewitt’s The Nightjar: A Soaring Fantasy Debut

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Deborah Hewitt’s The Nightjar: A Soaring Fantasy Debut

The opening of Deborah Hewitt’s accomplished debut, The Nightjar, is comfortably familiar, despite the extremely uncomfortable and unfamiliar things that...
A Bandit Walks into a Coffeehouse… Revealing Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

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A Bandit Walks into a Coffeehouse… Revealing Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

Last month, Zen Cho (Sorcerer to the Crown, The True Queen) brought home a Hugo Award for her novelette “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try,...
The Imaginary Corpse Explores Trauma with a Dinosaur Detective

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The Imaginary Corpse Explores Trauma with a Dinosaur Detective

Where do imaginary friends go when we no longer need them? That’s the question at the heart of Tyler Hayes quirky, poignant, and thoroughly original...
Rock ‘n’ Roll Powers the Resistance in Sarah Pinsker’s A Song For A New Day

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Powers the Resistance in Sarah Pinsker’s A Song For A New Day

When I was a teenager, I fought tooth and nail with my parents to go to rock concerts. I couldn’t live without the powerful rush of live music, the...
The Ten Thousand Doors of January Is a Novel That Will Change the Way You Look at Stories

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Is a Novel That Will Change the Way You Look at Stories

Rarely there comes along a book that makes me reconsider my relationship with stories. The Ten Thousand Doors of January, the debut novel of recent Hugo...
This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Atwood and King, Doors to Other Worlds, and a Locked Room Mystery in a Space Castle

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This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Atwood and King, Doors to Other Worlds, and a Locked Room Mystery in a Space Castle

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood’s unexpected followup to her groundbreaking feminist dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is...
9 Novels that Prove Time Travel Would Solve All Our Problems

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9 Novels that Prove Time Travel Would Solve All Our Problems

In science fiction, time travel tends more often than not to be either a form of temporal tourism (as in Connie Willis’ beloved Oxford Time Travel...
Superheroes Struggle with Going Public in the Comic Book-Inspired The Nobody People

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Superheroes Struggle with Going Public in the Comic Book-Inspired The Nobody People

In any society, the idea of what constitutes “normal” is completely arbitrary—a thin veneer of consensus under which human beings operate, perhaps in...
A Sword Named Truth Is a Fantasy Epic Exploring the Perils of Growing Up

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A Sword Named Truth Is a Fantasy Epic Exploring the Perils of Growing Up

Many fantasy stories end when the battle is won and order is restored (in some form), leaving what comes next to the imagination. In Sherwood Smith’s...

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