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Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at strangelibrary.com. When not annoying the general populace with walls of text, Sam can also be found tweeting @TetsuoKaneda, consuming lethal amounts of coffee, and stress-testing interlibrary loan systems with bizarre requests.

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The Library at Mount Char Is a Deeply Strange, Heartbreakingly Human Fantasy

The Library at Mount Char, a fantasy debut by Scott Hawkins, kind of floored me. I don’t say that often. I also don’t often worry about how to...
The Unnoticeables Is a Genre-Smashing Urban Secret History

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The Unnoticeables Is a Genre-Smashing Urban Secret History

A city gathers stories and legends like a snowball rolling down a hill, stories of secret places, and disused train stations, and old theaters fallen...

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Enemy Mind: 5 Books Where Madness is Power

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Enemy Mind: 5 Books Where Madness is Power

When the world is going mad, sometimes sanity (which is relative anyway) is kind of a liability. Especially in science fiction and fantasy, where the...
Beyond Redemption Is a Wild Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Ride

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Beyond Redemption Is a Wild Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Ride

When all the gods either abandon the world or go insane on page one, you know you’re in for a wild ride. That’s the easiest way to...
Shorts Are for Summer: 5 Recent Standout SF/F Collections

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Shorts Are for Summer: 5 Recent Standout SF/F Collections

I have a new season’s resolution, and I hope you’ll consider it too: let’s make SF/F short stories our new summer reads. They’re...
5 Reasons Iain M. Banks’ Culture Should Be the Next Big Sci-Fi Adaptation

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5 Reasons Iain M. Banks’ Culture Should Be the Next Big Sci-Fi Adaptation

It’s a wonderful time to be a science fiction fan. The television adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s Expanse space opera series is poised to...
Throwback Thursday: Writing is Magic in Fool on the Hill

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Throwback Thursday: Writing is Magic in Fool on the Hill

Writing is magic. I’ll believe it until the day I die (and bite anyone on the nose if they say different). Writing is magic. It’s absolutely...
Bourne Meets The Body Snatchers in Wesley Chu’s Tao Trilogy

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Bourne Meets The Body Snatchers in Wesley Chu’s Tao Trilogy

How’s this for a quirky, compelling sci-fi setup: On the Earth of Wesley Chu’s Tao trilogy, a secret war has raged for generations between two...
Persona is a Frighteningly Plausible Near-Future Thriller

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Persona is a Frighteningly Plausible Near-Future Thriller

Dystopian fiction is addictive, in part, because of the comfortable distance between the world outside and the one on the page. We feel OK reading...
Of God, Godzilla, and Galapagos: James Morrow’s Strange Fictions

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Of God, Godzilla, and Galapagos: James Morrow’s Strange Fictions

Satire is a tricky thing—even done well, it can date badly. James Morrow is an author who not only manages to produce good satire, but give it a timeless...

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