In this debut from Kevin St. Jarre (Encircle Publications, November 2020) when Tom Tibbets finds himself in a small town in New Hampshire writing refrigerator news for the local rag, he realizes the people in his apartment complex are far… Read More ›
Is there such a thing as complete enlightenment? Last Days meets “The Court Magician” by Sarah Pinsker.
(spoilers ahead) This week my journey to read all the award-nominated and award winning short fiction from the last decade led me to Sarah Pinsker’s “The Court Magician”, which originally appeared in Lightspeed and was nominated for a Nebula. Narrated… Read More ›
In the fifties, William Levitt changed the world. Realizing that the surging population wanted a private backyard with a white picket fence, he used quick manufacturing techniques to deliver millions of homes for cheap. In Max Brooks’ Devolution, a billionaire… Read More ›
Being late to a party doesn’t mean the party isn’t still fun. I stumbled onto Scott Lynch’s novelette while perusing the last decade of Locus and Hugo nominees (2015), and I pounded the table after reading it. This should be considered a modern classic! It’s one of the finest examples of the fantasy novelette genre, and will stay with readers for a long time. Lynch’s gorgeous writing, which created a cinematic experience for me as the reader, got me wondering how someone from Hollywood might evaluate it.
This novel’s brilliant premise alone is enough to make it a must read, but I found its poetic language, and fully developed metaphors bordering on allegory, to have a mesmerizing effect as beautiful as a rolling sea.
“Where is everybody?” the great Enrico Fermi asked, exquisitely stating the question that has vexed astronomers for centuries. If we are alone in the universe, where are the other civilizations and societies? In this MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series book,… Read More ›