Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Accessible, challenging, and fun by turns, Speculative Los Angeles possesses everything a fan could want.”

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“master craft level of world building that offers much more to the fantasy genre than the usual fare.”

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Pounce is an orange-and-black-striped tiger robot, “designed, to put it bluntly, to be huggable.” He was sold to the Reinhart family as a nanny for their eight-year-old boy, Ezra.

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“The machine persona is not unlike a human psychopath: it lies perfectly, without compunction or any sense of shame.”

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“Timely, intelligent, and fascinating . . .”

“I am an exile twice over, once from my home and once from Teixcalaan, which could never have been my home.”

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No one is innocent in the series A Chorus of Dragons. Even the protagonists in Jenn Lyons’ series have done terrible things in their pasts, killing, betraying, and abandoning others.

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“A skillful blending of magic and mayhem, the supernatural with the mundane.

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Fugitive Telemetry is the sixth installment in the Murderbot Diaries series, and it’s one of the better ones.

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“Nobody writes optimistic science adventure as well as Andy Weir. Anyone who loved The Martian will adore Project Hail Mary.”

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What would happen if the first manned (and womanned) mission to Mars was chosen through a Survivor-style competition and the mission itself was a reality show?

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“Silverberg’s stories transform alien planets and parallel universes into concrete realities that readers can inhabit and enjoy. . . .

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Immunity Index takes place in a future that is uncannily similar to 2020. A pandemic spreads across the world, killing thousands and breeding political dissention.

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“. . . a quirky extension of the H. G. Wells story, filled with animal puns, dialogue reeking with black humor, as well as an ending guaranteed to satisfy.”

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“‘I’m real, you’re real. And real people don’t die and come back, regenerated into a hundred versions of themselves.’”

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“the core nature of maleness and femaleness—the universality of humanness—shines through and reinvents itself to adapt to change in reality.”

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“Readers who enjoy political intrigue in their fantasy will find Beaton’s debut deeply satisfying.”

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“a tightly paced, well thought out cyberpunk thriller that entices after the very first chapter.”

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Klara and the Sun is about families, about the future of work, about disability and the nature of (post) humanity.

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“a long walk through thick underbrush, but the payoff is worth the trek.”

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As an old saying goes: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

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Tim Fielder’s book Infinitum tells the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African king who steals the son of his concubine and is cursed with immortality in revenge.

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A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, though billed as a novel, is a collection of vignettes and interrelated stories concerning various goddesses, nymphs, and mortal women connected in some

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Evelyn Caldwell tells herself “I am not a monster,” but she may not believe it. Evelyn is a self-centered, work-obsessed woman who has devoted everything to her scientific career.

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The Witch’s Heart is gripping, evocative, and alternatingly joyful and heart-breaking. Gornichec’s prose is lyrical and fierce, just like her protagonists.”

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“A tavern maid’s-eye view of epic fantasy is an appealing concept, but in the end, it feels like that eye is looking in too many directions at once.”

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