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New York 2140 is equal parts J.G. Ballard and John Dos Passos: a story about tight-knit communities living day-by-day in flooded New York where capitalism has run amok (just like real life!) Packed with fascinating ideas (water polo sumo! How to protect your building from amped-up hurricanes! Submarine living!) Robinson's novel is both survival guide for the near future and an impassioned call to action.

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ISBN: 9780316262316
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Published: Orbit - March 6th, 2018

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As Margaret Atwood says, “men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” But what if the opposite were true? Writing in the tradition of Atwood and Le Guin, Naomi Alderman imagines a present where young women around the world discover they have the power to shock others with a touch. Oppressive governments are overthrown overnight, the patriarchy is challenged and a new religion aims to create a feminist utopia. But as the novel’s heroines expand the range of their ambitions, they begin to realize the difficulty of their task: with every human on earth trained since birth to hurt each other, how do you uproot evil from the human condition without destroying civilization in the process? This is an angry, deeply pessimistic book, and I suspect Le Guin or even Atwood might have written a different ending. But at a time when those who abuse women for their own amusement are more visible than ever, The Power (Little Brown, $26) gives catharsis and a portrait of a world that in the end is no crueler or more violent than our own.

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ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

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You’ve probably never seen a book like this before. Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King (Fantagraphics, $39.99) is a pop-up book that retells the Iranian myth of the monstrous tyrant Zahhak and his defeat by the noble youth Feraydun. The fantastic art featured within is courtesy of Guggenheim fellow Hamid Rahmanian, drawn from his work adapting the Shahnameh, or Book of Kings. But it’s the pop-up engineering, designed by Simon Arizpe, that makes this book dizzying. Not only do some sections literally erupt from the page, but others unfold as booklets to continue the story, complete with smaller pop-up designs within. Myths remain popular fodder for the imagination, from Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of Norse mythology this year to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Literary Universe. But with nations across the world (including our own) turning to fear and nationalism, our responsibility to move past Norse and Greek mythology and learn the stories of other countries—their similarities, and their differences—is more crucial than it’s ever been. Kids will love this book, but adults will learn something from it too.

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By Hamid Rahmanian (By (artist)), Simon Arizpe (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781606998892
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 2nd, 2018