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Mind Meld: What Defines a “Classic” SFF Book?

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Mind Meld: What Defines a “Classic” SFF Book?

Italo Calvino once said, “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” There are constantly lists put forth...
The Everlasting One Piece Readalong: Vols. 34-36

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The Everlasting One Piece Readalong: Vols. 34-36

Welcome back to the Everlasting One Piece Readalong! We’re cruising toward the 20th anniversary of One Piece in July with a deep dive into the...
Experience Digital Immortality in Two Chapters from The Uploaded, a Cyberpunk Family Drama by Ferrett Steinmetz

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Experience Digital Immortality in Two Chapters from The Uploaded, a Cyberpunk Family Drama by Ferrett Steinmetz

Ferrett Steinmetz upended the conventions of gritty, contemporary urban fantasy with the ‘Mancer trilogy, taking place in a world in which everyday...
We Play Mix and Match with Our Favorite Authors and Genres

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We Play Mix and Match with Our Favorite Authors and Genres

Genre is a funny thing. It acts as a signifier, label, and shorthand, telling readers what kind of book they’re holding in only a few words, and...
Spies, Space Battles, and Sparkling Clean Toilets in Dan Moren’s The Caledonian Gambit

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Spies, Space Battles, and Sparkling Clean Toilets in Dan Moren’s The Caledonian Gambit

There are relatively few skilled toilet scrubbers in genre fiction, and Dan Moren’s debut novel, The Caledonian Gambit, makes the surprising argument...
6 Non-Authors Who Helped Make SFF What It Is Today

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6 Non-Authors Who Helped Make SFF What It Is Today

As most readers of sci-fi and fantasy are probably aware, there are these things called tropes—bits of storytelling shorthand that convey something about...
“A Lady’s Maid,” by Sarah Gailey

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“A Lady’s Maid,” by Sarah Gailey

Illustrated by Wendy Xu • Edited by Joel Cunningham A Victorian comedy of manners: Androids, bad clams, bad men, and one ambitious kitchen girl. A...
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Harlan Ellison: He’s Not Dead Yet, and He’s Not Done Either

In a 1994 Babylon 5 episode “TKO,” a character in the year 2258 is seen reading, and laughing, at a book titled Working without a Net, written by one...
The Prey of Gods Ventures Into Our Diverse and Bewildering Future

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The Prey of Gods Ventures Into Our Diverse and Bewildering Future

The first chapter of Nicky Drayden’s The Prey of Gods ends with drug-induced crab-on-dolphin sex. In between those first pages and the grand finale, this...
Wicked Wonders Is a Magical New Story Collection

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Wicked Wonders Is a Magical New Story Collection

Reading Wicked Wonders, Ellen Klages’ new short story collection, is like watching a meteor shower in the heart of the desert. Your head echoes a...
See James Morrow Act Out His New Book with Action Figures in an Exclusive Trailer for The Asylum of Dr. Caligari

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See James Morrow Act Out His New Book with Action Figures in an Exclusive Trailer for The Asylum of Dr. Caligari

A new James Morrow book is always filled with unexpected delights. Giant monsters and an homage to Japanese B-movies? A fantastical religious satire about...
7 Spacefaring Manga Any Sci-Fi Fan Will Love

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7 Spacefaring Manga Any Sci-Fi Fan Will Love

If you don’t read manga, there’s one thing you need to know: it’s not a genre, but a medium. There is a manga for every type of...

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