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Book Review: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

The Smithsonian wants to honor a brilliant mapmaker. But they don't know he is just twelve years old. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

More than a half-century after C.S. Lewis wrote his Narnia stories, controversy still surrounds these popular tales. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

In a book that is half novel and half puzzle, David Mitchell weaves together six very stylized and contrasting narratives. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Seven years before the Summer of Love, Robert Heinlein already had the vibe, as he shows in this cult novel. Read More »

Book Review: The Song is You by Arthur Phillips

The Song is You is a love story for the iPod generation, constructed like a well-paced playlist Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke

This lunar adventure combines the worst aspects of a mining disaster, a lost in space story and The Poseidon Adventure. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg's classic novel about a mind-reader losing his talent mirrors changes in the author's own life. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells's science may be faulty in The First Men in the Moon, but his storytelling is first rate. Read More »

Book Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn reminds us that new worlds are constructed only by those brave enough to walk away from the old ones. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

This is a mix of theology and technology: imagine Edith Hamilton's Mythology with much better weapons. Read More »