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Book Review: Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips impresses in this novel, both tragic and life-affirming, about a teenage girl and her disabled brother. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Round the Moon by Jules Verne

This 1870 novel by Jules Verne about a lunar mission gone wrong is a nineteenth century version of Apollo 13. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: From Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

In 1865, Jules Verne envisioned a lunar expedition that was surprisingly close to the later Apollo 11 mission Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Solaris by Stanisław Lem

With the possible exception of Spielberg's Jaws no story has made an ocean seem quite so disturbing as Lem's Solaris Read More »

The New Canon: Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald

In his final book Austerlitz, W. G. Sebald has written a historical novel that seems to exist outside of history. Read More »

Book Review: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer combines two short novels in his new book, and they might involve the same character . . . or maybe not. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess feared his novel was too traditionally moralistic, but I doubt that will be your reaction to A Clockwork Orange. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

There may be stories of interplanetary conflict with better special effects, but they don't come any smarter than this Heinlein classic. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

A fire had destroyed Robert Silverberg's home, and to raise money quickly he churned out a masterwork of conceptual fiction. Read More »

The New Canon: The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Ben Okri's novel The Famished Road, a winner of the 1991 Booker Prize, is a classic of magical realism with a distinctively African twist. Read More »