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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.

Fall; or Dodge in Hell Is Neal Stephenson’s Technological Take on the Mythic Epic

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Fall; or Dodge in Hell Is Neal Stephenson’s Technological Take on the Mythic Epic

If anyone can fuse near-future science fiction and the mythologically epic within a single novel, it’s Neal Stephenson—even if he needs 1,000 pages...
Last Tango in Cyberspace: Sociological Cyberpunk

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Last Tango in Cyberspace: Sociological Cyberpunk

Last Tango in Cyberspace, the second novel from journalist Steven Kotler, is proof that an excess of style isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a...
Horror Collection Wounds Is a Dark Delight

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Horror Collection Wounds Is a Dark Delight

It’s tempting, when discussing a short story collection, to focus on the individual parts, but it’s an inadvisable approach when it comes to...
The Dystopian Satire China Dream Argues it’s Time We All Wake Up

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The Dystopian Satire China Dream Argues it’s Time We All Wake Up

In China Dream, Ma Jian’s biting, surreal, and sometimes nightmarish satire of modern China, the past cannot be sanitized. The (semi-fictitious)...
9 Modern SFF Rock Mythologies to Read at Max Volume

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9 Modern SFF Rock Mythologies to Read at Max Volume

Rock music has its own mythology. Whether it’s the true-crime theatrics of the European black metal scene, the wild lives and untimely deaths of...
Inspection Is the Next Tale of Dystopian Terror from the Author of Bird Box

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Inspection Is the Next Tale of Dystopian Terror from the Author of Bird Box

The lonely tower at the center of of Inspection, the new thriller from prolific horror luminary Josh Malerman (Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel), is a setting as...
Technology Can’t Save the Future of Infinite Detail

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Technology Can’t Save the Future of Infinite Detail

In science-fictional worlds and the real one, we often look to technology to solve the problems that plague us as a species. The chilling events that...
A Robot Shows Us Humanity at its Best in Today I Am Carey

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A Robot Shows Us Humanity at its Best in Today I Am Carey

Today I Am Carey, Martin L. Shoemaker’s debut novel (an expansion of his award-winning short story “Today I am Paul”), is a celebration...
7 Deeply Weird Sci-Fi & Fantasy Romances

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7 Deeply Weird Sci-Fi & Fantasy Romances

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, a time for love, romance, and, for those of us not romantically inclined, weird traditions. SFF is full of great...
7 Impossible Fantasy Cities Worth the Visit

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7 Impossible Fantasy Cities Worth the Visit

Modern cities are vast, wondrous, awe-inspiring things. The soaring heights, the play of light over the buildings, the constant energy in the streets—and...
8 Truly Terrifying Books of Asian Horror

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8 Truly Terrifying Books of Asian Horror

This week, HBO debuts Folklore, an anthology series focusing solely on Asian horror. And while it feels reductive to lump so many different cultures...
The Best Horror Books of 2018

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The Best Horror Books of 2018

Another year is ending. The days grow shorter; the nights, darker. The weird noises two streets over are a little quieter, and a little weirder, when...

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