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A Man, a Woman, a Brooding Replicant and Readership: On Ian McEwan's 'Machines Like Me'

Purists who see Ian McEwan's comments about science fiction and his novel, Machines Like Me, as a slight against their beloved literary genre are missing the point.


Joy, Complacency and Apocalyptic Future in 'Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories'

"So it goes" was a phrase Vonnegut used in Slaughterhouse Five as a sort of mantra, accepting chaos and embracing the possibility of wonder once darkness passes. It's a suitable way to end this embrace of Vonnegut's stories.


Sandra Newman's 'The Country of Ice Cream Star' Is a Heavy Read

There’s talk of war, rape, disease -- all things we associate with the worst of adulthood. But Newman never lets us forget that these are children.


To Explore or Conquer: Colonialism in 'Expeditions Conquistador'

Somewhere, Expeditions Conquistador has a “right” path. There is a better way to act than the actual conquistadors did. But even the most restrained, responsible, and virtuous expedition is harmful, mired with challenges, and weighed down by the reminders that you are an outsider that poses a threat.


'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination': Atwood Finds the Connection Between Wells & Orwell

Childhood reading, the emphasis upon obscure texts, and searching out forgotten and under-appreciated works form Margaret Atwood-the-novelist’s DNA.


The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

If you aren't terrified, you aren't paying attention. Atwood admits to scaring even herself.


Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca

Most authors won't kill a kid in their stories, and those who do will do it lightly, reaping all the pathos without having to deliver the scene.

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