Worlds Turned Upside Down
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Authors are creating near futures that are both glorious and
grim, exciting and terrifying. Here and now, nothing feels
certain—and as we learned in the atomic age, uncertain
times give rise to some splendid speculative fiction.
David J. Schow. Subterranean, Mar. 1
Schow is a renowned and multitalented horror writer, filmmaker, and film historian, and this
excellently chilling compilation of his short stories and personal reminiscences covers the entire
The Doomed City
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, trans. from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield. Chicago Review,
This is the first English translation of one of the Strugatsky brothers’ most famous novels, which
was published during perestroika in the late 1980s. An experimental city is populated by
people plucked randomly from the 20th century and left to govern themselves.
Joe Hill. Morrow, May 17
A plague that causes people to burst into flames is spreading across the U.S. in Hill’s gripping
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
Lois McMaster Bujold. Baen, Feb. 2
Bujold builds on her immensely successful Vorkosigan series with this sparkling science-fiction
social comedy, as the far-reaching effects of galactic technology change all the old rules.
Simone Zelitch. Tor, June 21
Zelitch’s fascinating, troubling parable of an alternate Israel is set in the sovereign state of
Judenstaat, which borders Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union.
League of Dragons
Naomi Novik. Del Rey, May 10
Novik concludes her renowned historical fantasy series with an exciting final showdown, in
which English naval officer Capt. William Laurence and his fearless dragon, Temeraire, face off
against Napoleon and his forces.
Matt Ruff. Harper, Feb. 16
This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American family’s brush with
supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century.
A Natural History of Hell
Jeffrey Ford. Small Beer, July 12
These stories explore the vicissitudes of life, death, and the spaces in between. Ford’s exhilarating visions drag the reader in like an irresistible undertow.
United States of Japan
Peter Tieryas. Angry Robot, Mar. 1
Tieryas follows Bald New World with another close examination of culture and unspoken
assumptions. In this alternate history, the Axis won WWII and now, in the late 1980s, the
Japanese Empire rules over the western U.S. But a game censor and an imperial government
agent discover truths about the empire that make them question their loyalty.
Pedro Cabiya, trans. from the Spanish by Jessica Powell. Mandel Vilar, Apr. 27
A Caribbean zombie who’s a top executive at an important pharmaceutical company becomes
obsessed with finding a chemical cure for his unwholesome condition in this complex, surreal
novel from one of Latin America’s literary stars.
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