Archives For Science Fiction


Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

The Youngest Day:
Shelter Island’s Seasons
in the Light of Grace

Robert Farrar Capon

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This series won its author three consecutive Hugo awards:  

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”031652719X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”185″]The Broken Earth Trilogy:
The Fifth Season,
The Obelisk Gate,
The Stone Sky


N.K. Jemison


Paperback: Orbit, 2018
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Listen to an interview that N.K. Jemisin did with Ari Shapiro of NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0765394073″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”220″]Nods toward Transcendence 
A Feature Review of

Ball Lightning:
A Novel
Cixin Liu

Hardback: TOR, 2018
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Reviewed by Jacob Reynold Jones
It is only the most accomplished science fiction author who successfully networks theory and praxis, weaving a compelling narrative out of the process of science itself.

Cixin Liu’s Ball Lightning is, like much good sci-fi, a discussion of technology’s implications in war and the broader culture, as well as a reflection on the culture of science and its effects in our everyday lives. What sets this novel apart is that it is also the the story of an engineering problem and its solution–a solution that ultimately results in radical applications, with more than a smattering of theological undertones that may interest religious readers in both pantheistic and Abrahamic traditions.

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Novelist Ursula Le Guin, best known for her award-winning science fiction, died earlier this week.

Her obituary from the New York Times.

Not familiar with Le Guin’s books?
Check out our Introductory Reading Guide


NPR Remembers Le Guin:
(All Things Considered)

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1498232345″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]The Lenses of Other Worlds
A review of

Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television
Mark Boone, Kevin Neece, Eds.

Paperback: Pickwick Publications, 2017
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Reviewed by Sam Edgin


My homework was simply unable to win out against worn copies of The Fellowship of the Ring, Brave New World and Perelandra that I kept beside my desk as a kid. I read them on my lap in secret, with my hand clutching a forgotten pencil that absently scrawled black across my textbook. There are times when I feel my memories have been written by Lewis and Tolkien, I spent so much time in their worlds. I didn’t expect the affect those worlds would have.

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
6 February 2013


Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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NT Wright’s book SIMPLY CHRISTIAN: WHY CHRISTIANITY MAKES SENSE is now only $3.99 for Kindle!!! (Price good through Feb 19)


Poem of the Day: “After the Fire” by James Merrill, who died on this day in 1995…


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”  – Historian Barbara Tuchman, who died on this day in 1989
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Book News:


Karen Thompson Walker - The Age of MiraclesA Brilliant, Simple, and Wildly Compelling Concept

A Feature Review of

The Age of Miracles

Karen Thompson Walker

Hardback: Random House, 2012.
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Reviewed by Katherine Willis Pershey

Shortly after I finished reading The Age of Miracles, I found myself gushing about the book to a gathering of avid fiction readers. I was surprised by my own enthusiasm, to be honest. I liked the book well enough, despite its notable shortcomings. Karen Thompson Walker’s prose only occasionally sparkles, and the plot of the book isn’t necessarily gripping. But what it lacks in style it overcomes in concept, for as I urged my friends to track down copies of the book, I realized I was speaking almost exclusively about the brilliant, simple, and wildly compelling concept Walker dreamed up for her debut novel: the earth’s rotation slows down.

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Today is the 50th Anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which has to be one of the most significant books in my life. To begin with, I would have never met my wife if it were not for this book.  In our next print issue (due out in late Februrary) I’ll be writing a short essay on why Madeleine’s work has been so important for me, and Kimberly Roth will be writing an essay on A Wrinkle in Time.

How has Wrinkle impacted your life?  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below… There’s a good chance we will include some in our print issue.

Also, enjoy this essay from the current issue of the New York Times Book Review

The Facebook page for Wrinkle

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