It's time the major literary awards stopped being a gated community

This year's finalists for the National Book Awards were announced, and over at Salon, Laura Miller makes a strong case that the list should have included some of the year's best genre books. Her picks include the fantasy novel Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (read our review here). » 10/11/12 3:00pm 10/11/12 3:00pm

A Muslim Hacker and the Secrets of the Jinn, in Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen is the debut prose novel by G. Willow Wilson, author of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Cairo, Air, and Vixen. This is a breezy yet thought-provoking blend of techno-thriller and urban fantasy, set in an unnamed Arab emirate. It will whisk you away to the new vistas of wonder and wisdom, then… » 6/15/12 4:20pm 6/15/12 4:20pm