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  • Red Moon
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    Earth’s economic woes haunt the first lunar colony in a fictional near future

    On Kim Stanley Robinson’s Moon, gibbons soar like flying squirrels. A billionaire transforms an immense lava tube into a fantasy of classical China. Old friends view a majestic Earthrise. It’s the year 2047, and the Moon has been colonized by the world’s sole superpower: China. American Fred Fredericks makes his first lunar voyage to deliver… Read More
  • Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
    Michael Benson


    A new book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Fifty years after its appearance, 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a film that commands attention. This is partly because of its status as the most influential science fiction movie ever made; partly because of the ever-growing reputation of its director, Stanley Kubrick; and partly because it has always been a work that confounds easy interpretation—and… Read More
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    Arthur C. Clarke at 100

    Arthur C. Clarke is best remembered as Stanley Kubrick’s partner in the creation of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a cinematic landmark in visual and technocultural storytelling. However, his most enduring legacy lives in his six-decade career as a science fiction and popular science writer. The centenary of his birth on 16 December is a good… Read More
  • Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World
    Brandy Schillace

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    Clockwork Futures

    “Steampunk,” for the unfamiliar, is a 19th-century aesthetic characterized by a fictional world where modern conveniences abound, propelled by atypical power sources (e.g., steam and coal) and energy convenience (e.g., gears and cogs). Clockwork Futures tells the stories of the real-life inventions that inspired the machines of the genre. The inventions enshrined in steampunk were… Read More
  • New York 2140: A Novel
    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    The next New York: A science fiction writer examines the peril and politics of urban climate change

    When the oceans rise, how will the world’s great coastal cities manage? Kim Stanley Robinson poses this question in New York 2140, a “cli-fi” novel (a subgenre of speculative fiction that revolves around the impact of climate change) whose cover image reverses the famous photograph of lower Manhattan gone dark after Hurricane Sandy, showing instead… Read More
  • The Peripheral
    William Gibson

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    A futuristic time travel tale resonates today

    William Gibson both coined the term “cyberspace” and vividly brought it to life in his award-winning 1984 book, Neuromancer. In his latest science fiction novel, he fashions an intricate portrayal of the future that touches on a range of social and ethical issues. The result is an often satirical meditation on the science and politics… Read More