In Elysium, Two People's Love Lasts Forever... But The Details Are Gone

Is love universal, or are there different types of love depending on the sort of people involved? Is brother-sister love different than mother-daughter love, or romantic love? Those are the sort of questions that come up in Jennifer Marie Brissett's ambitious new novel Elysium. Minor spoilers ahead... » 12/15/14 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season 2

No matter how much you already know about the original Star Trek, there's still undiscovered territory out there. And just like with season one, the new book series These Are The Voyages by Marc Cushman uncovers loads of surprising secrets. Here are a dozen things you probably never knew about Star Trek's second… » 11/24/14 12:34pm 11/24/14 12:34pm

George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

Since pretty much page one of A Game of Thrones, a terrible threat has been hanging over the land of Westeros — the Others, those supernatural butchers who raise the dead. And now at last, in his new book The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin gives us details about what would happen if the Others win. Spoilers… » 10/27/14 1:25pm 10/27/14 1:25pm

The Future Is a Lonely Place, in William Gibson's The Peripheral

With his new novel The Peripheral, William Gibson returns to the genre that made him famous: near-future science fiction. But the world of The Peripheral is very different from the hyperactive cyberpunk citiscapes of Neuromancer. His canvas is much bigger — and his prophesies are far more melancholy. » 10/23/14 2:13pm 10/23/14 2:13pm

The Most Indispensible Book About Star Wars You'll Read This Year

Who hasn't seen Star Wars? Chris Taylor opens his book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, pointing out that while not everyone has seen Star Wars, most people in the United States and around the world know elements of the series. » 10/15/14 3:11pm 10/15/14 3:11pm

Rooms Is The Perfect Novel For Long Scary Fall Nights

Why do the spirits of people linger long after they've passed from the living world? This is a central question in Lauren Oliver's first adult novel, Rooms, a powerful haunted house story that digs deep into the cracks of a broken family, and the house they grew up in. It's the perfect novel to kick off your fall… » 10/10/14 4:02pm 10/10/14 4:02pm

David Mitchell's Bone Clocks Is A Fantastic Successor To Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas was a brilliant, confounding book that brought together a host of times and places into an interlocking story of oppression and self-discovery. It's hard to imagine how anyone could top that — but his new novel, the somewhat more cohesive The Bone Clocks, may have done just that. » 10/01/14 4:37pm 10/01/14 4:37pm

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

Republic Of Thieves Proves That A Fantasy Novel Can Be Epic AND Fun

Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards books have received the type of acclaim you expect for some of the best known fantasy authors — for good reason. Lynch has a strong, fun voice that keeps the pages breezing past. His latest, the long-overdue Republic of Thieves, is a more complicated, but no less fun book than its… » 9/23/14 11:13am 9/23/14 11:13am

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm 9/16/14 3:11pm

Graham Joyce's Brilliant Novel About Being Haunted By The Class System

Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story. » 9/15/14 4:36pm 9/15/14 4:36pm

Don't Miss the Gothic Internet Horror of Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters is about the dark forces that awaken in abandoned places — and abandoned people — when they yearn for the kind of attention they once had. Set in the back alleys and art warehouses of Detroit, it's a supernatural thriller that will disturb you in all the right ways. » 9/12/14 2:00pm 9/12/14 2:00pm

Finally, a Novel That Truly Captures the Intensity of Gaming

Wolf in White Van is a disturbing character study of Sean, a teenager who invents a role playing game that almost destroys him and the people who play it. But it's also about how gaming is a form of salvation. There's a dark ambiguity at the heart of this mystery, making it one of the most intense reads of the year. » 9/05/14 1:20pm 9/05/14 1:20pm