Greg Egan's next novel, The Clockwork Rocket, takes place in a universe where the laws of physics are different... and if a spacecraft travels fast enough, its journey takes no time for those left behind, but decades for those aboard.
Summer is the most escapist time of year, with vacations and long voyages. And no escapist jaunt is complete without a visit to other worlds. Here are the best science fiction and fantasy books for this summer's beach reading.
Scientists now believe there's a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. But back in the day, we dreamed the galactic center held God's home planet. Or a super-civilization. What else did science-fiction authors think we'd find there?
June brings speculative fiction for every taste. Priest returns to the world of Boneshaker, and Miéville offers up a giant-squid epic. And whet your scifi appetite with some adventurous new short stories.
Rakesh is sick of wandering the well-traveled galaxy, searching for a reason to live. That's when a mysterious alien tells him about an uncatalogued, DNA-based species who have lived in isolation for millions of years.