The Privilege of the Happy Ending by Kij Johnson

Staff Pick

Intensely concerned with form, Johnson in this delightful, strange, eclectic, and thought-provoking collection offers stories that run the gambit from odd to enrapturing. Some are stray odd ideas somehow stretched into entertaining pieces, like the four-page "Crows Attempt Human-Style Riddles, And One Joke," while others, like "The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe," are sprawling hundred-plus page novellas, asserting Johnson's ability to make a weird premise into a fully fleshed and fantastic tale. You're sure to find something here that challenges your conceptions and makes you excited about shorter form speculative fiction.

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ISBN: 9781618732118
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Published: Small Beer Press - October 24th, 2023

Rakesfall by Vajra Chandrasekera

Staff Pick

Chandrasekera's highly ambitious second novel takes head-on seemingly every scientific and mystical idea ever discussed in the SF genre and succeeds in doing so wildly and wonderfully. Following his two protagonists as they are reincarnated across many lives, stories, and time-periods, Chandrasekera sketches a history and a future of liberational struggle that is at once awe-inspiring, epic, uncanny, and familiar. I can't recommend this literary marvel highly enough!


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ISBN: 9781250847683
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Published: Tordotcom - June 18th, 2024

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Staff Pick

If you love the romantasy (romantic fantasy) trend, give this sci-fi romance (sci-fimance?) a try! Lord's novel centers on Grace, a biotechnician deployed by the government of Cygnus Beta to aid the humans of Sadiri in rebuilding their society after a genocidal attack destroyed their homeworld. The narrative's scientific expedition is a whirlwind, episodic, anthropological tour of Cygnus Beta, as Grace accompanies the Sadiri, led by aloof heartthrob psychic Dllenahkh (did I mention that the Sadiri are telepaths and Grace is an empath?), on their search for diasporic remnants of their culture. This book is a pure delight as it packs in comedies of manners, unique romances, heartbreaking tragedies, workplace hijinks, and stunningly beautiful meditations on the natures of humanity, time, and consciousness.

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ISBN: 9780345549341
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Published: Del Rey - February 4th, 2014