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A SciFi Classic: Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

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Context is everything. Would you like someone to frame you, shoot you, and hang you on a wall? If that someone is a photographer, then yes. Anyone else, uh, heck no. With that said, Roadside Picnic when read with no context is a 4 star novel. When read in context, it is nothing short of

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Face Like Glass: A Fantasy/SciFi Swirly Cone

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I don’t always read Fantasy. But when I do, I read Frances Hardinge. She writes the most interesting books in the world. Face Like Glass is among her best: a twisted concoction of steampunk fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction that twists and turns like a chocolate-vanilla swirly cone. You know, like the kind you can buy

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A Better Version of the Hunger Games: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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I resent you, Pierce Brown. Your absolutely riveting novel, Red Rising, kept me awake for nearly three days because I virtually could not put it down. In those moments that I did manage to pry my Kindle from my fingers, my brain couldn’t leave the story alone. I hope you feel bad about that. For the

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Fresh Zombie Take: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

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I have a confession to make. I’m done with zombie stories. Every plot has been written multiple times. Every angle has been explored. There is simply nothing new to be told. Or so I thought before reading The Girl with All the Gifts. To say too much about the plot would be to deprive unsuspecting

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Better Than the Movie: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Imagine a future America where a central government rules all with an iron fist, fed by the tribute of 12 subjugated colonies. Those in the capital city live lives of ease, abundance and entertainment at the expense of the colonists, who struggle against nature every day to survive. This is

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The Best Post-Apocalyptic Short Story. Ever.

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A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber. With a claim like that, it better be incredibly good. It is. Written in 1951, the story begins with a startling premise: Earth has been ripped away from the sun by a ‘dark star’, the atmosphere lies in frozen layers on the ground, and everyone is dead. Well,

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My Take: The Martian by Andy Weir

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My reading of The Martian was one long-running reaction of, “How did Andy Weir research this much material?” The answer in a moment. The reason for the question is this: the story follows the desperate struggle of astronaut Mark Watney to survive alone on Mars, and the main character applies countless implementations of chemistry, biology,

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The Difference Between Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Literature

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My favorite SciFi sub-genre is post-apocalyptic science fiction, with dystopian literature coming in a respectable but distant second. Why? Because I’m fascinated by the behavior of people when the thin veneer of civilization is stripped away and all hope is lost. What remains is a true glimpse of humanity at its worst and best, and the

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