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Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is one of the most respected science fiction writers out there right now. But he is not prolific and has only written short stories and novellas. The Economist recently published an article on the reasons you should read his work. And with a film adaptation of his short story “Story of Your Life” […]

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Imagining the Accidental Future with Paolo Bacigalupi
By February 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Imagining the Accidental Future with Paolo Bacigalupi

On Sunday, Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the Printz-winning Ship Breaker (2010), stopped by the Booklist booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to talk about his new book, The Water Knife. Our conversation has been edited for length. The Water Knife is firmly dystopian, though I’ve heard you prefer the term accidental futures. Could you say a little about why you like that phrase better than the […]

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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars
By January 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars

In addition to talking about Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself with my Other Realms book group, I also recently led a discussion for Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars. I will confess that I was a hold-out on reading the latter book, perhaps unfairly, as I find myself irked by “literary” dystopian novels that get heaped with […]

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Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]

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Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Lynn: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! ALERT! ALERT! Terrific middle-grade book with huge boy appeal incoming! Prepare robotic arm to secure capture and arrival! OK, that introduction is more than a little cheesy but I really don’t want you to miss Space Case (2014). This is a highly sought-after, high-appeal book that also happens to be wonderfully written. […]

Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row

What if you could choose to become another race? What if you could change your skin color, your eye appearance, voice and body? Jess Row’s novel Your Face in Mine explores these questions and more. Kelly Thorndike has returned to Baltimore after the sudden, devastating loss of his wife and daughter when he runs into […]

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The Hugo Awards Winners and Nominations
By August 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Hugo Awards Winners and Nominations

The winners of the Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, were announced yesterday, in London. See the nominations and winners below, with booklist reviews linked when available. If you’re wondering why there aren’t many links, most of the nominees are shorter works originally published in periodicals and thus ineligible for Booklist review.   Best Novel […]

2013 Nebula Awards Winners

2013 Nebula Awards Winners

Congratulations to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s 2013 Nebula Awards winners—the best of Science Fiction and Fantasy last year. Below are the winning titles. Novel Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie Novella “The Weight of the Sunrise,” by Vylar Kaftan Novelette  “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard Short Story “If You Were a […]

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Middle Grade Steampunk

Middle Grade Steampunk

Cindy: When I share book talks for science fiction units with my middle school students I am still surprised by how few of them have heard of the term “steampunk.” I like this strange description from the Urban Dictionary entry for “steampunk”: “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” We’ve […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Midnight Crossroad

Book Trailer Thursday: Midnight Crossroad

The May 15th Spotlight on SF/Fantasy issue of Booklist went live on Booklist Online yesterday, and there are still 15 days of #MysteryMonth to go. Thankfully Charlaine Harris delivers all of the above, with a side of paranormal romance, in the first book of a planned trilogy. Rebecca Vnuk says Midnight Crossroad (Ace) is sure […]

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