Science Fiction en Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances Two remarkable graphic novels being released this week are themed around shadow-selves, legacies and second chances: Bryan Lee O'Malley's <em>Seconds</em> is about a woman given the opportunity to magically undo past mistakes, while Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's <em>The Shadow Hero</em> revises a mysterious golden-age superhero called the Green Turtle by fleshing out his Asian-American origins.<p>Katie Clay is a successful chef whose skill makes Seconds the most popular restaurant in town — but after four years of living and working there without a share of the business, she's ready for a pl Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar 49527 at Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel One word: jetpack. You perked up, right? When most of us dream of the future, jetpacks are one of the first things we dream about. And yet, even now that the future is indisputably here, we continue to be denied the ultimate sci-fi accessory. With all the 21st-century tech we've got these days — maps that talk, hand-held videophones — why aren't we all flying through the air with the greatest of renewable-energy-fueled ease? Maybe jetpacks need a special kind of power, an explosive force the average adult just can't muster. Maybe they need a teenager instead — say, a teen girl. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Etelka Lehoczky 49528 at 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint When fantasy has gotten so grim and dark that the term "grimdark" has been coined to describe certain authors, things may have gone slightly overboard. With <em>Traitor's Blade</em>, the first installment of a new fantasy series called the Greatcoat Quartet, author Sebastien de Castell seems to be taking a stand against the grimdark wave. Unlike the bleak, bloody work of George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie, <em>Traitor's Blade </em>is a swashbuckling romp packed with charisma, camaraderie, quick wit and even quicker swordplay. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 49053 at En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans When a writer passes before her time, readers and fans often mourn not only the loss of her presence in the world, but the loss of the words she may yet have written. Such was the case when, in 2006, speculative fiction writer Octavia E. Butler died unexpectedly at her home in Seattle. Butler is one of the most celebrated authors in the genre, her novels and short stories regularly graced with Hugo and Nebula awards. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:31:00 +0000 K. Tempest Bradford 48807 at Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline' I'm deeply conflicted about how to review this book. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar 48752 at Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline' Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California' Edan Lepucki's debut, <em>California</em>, sold thousands of copies even before the official publication date <a href="">when talk-show host<strong> </strong>Stephen Colbert urged readers to pre-order</a> it from a national independent chain as a protest against the "books-and-everything else" giant, Amazon. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 editor 48639 at Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California' Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty' The question you have to ask yourself is, how juicy do you like your science fiction?<p>And I mean that in terms of a spectrum. To me, classic space operas are saltines — dusty and dry and fit only as a calmative after a long binge of weirder, more foreign flavors. William Gibson? He's ... moist. Rudy Rucker is a juicy peach. Paul Di Filippo is that same peach, a week gone and with a tooth stuck in it.<p>So ask yourself: How sticky do I want my chin and fingers when I'm done? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Jason Sheehan 44826 at Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty' We Read The Year's Best New Sci-Fi — So You Don't Have To The World Science Fiction Convention is a gathering of fans ranging from sci-fi movie buffs to gamers to comics aficionados — but at its heart, WorldCon is for lovers of literature, and it hosts the Hugo Awards, the Oscars of sci-fi and fantasy.<p>During the ceremony, one award is given that's not a Hugo: the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 K. Tempest Bradford 43646 at We Read The Year's Best New Sci-Fi — So You Don't Have To Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL' <strong></strong>After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia <em>WOOL</em>, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with reader demand — the latest volume, <em>Dust</em>, was released in August.<p>Over email, Howey describes <em>WOOL</em> as "like the TV show <em>Lost</em>, except with an ending that makes sense. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 33574 at Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL' Author, Feminist, Pioneer: The Unlikely Queen Of Sci-Fi <em>Stephen Burt latest book is the poetry collection, </em>Belmont.<p>We can go to science fiction for its sense of wonder, its power to take us to far-off places and future times. We can go to political fiction to understand injustice in our own time, to see what should change. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:29:00 +0000 Stephen Burt 32439 at