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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

The author of the Broken Earth trilogy writes a story set in the contemporary United States. All of her clever worldbuilding and fascinating characters are very much in evidence --- but I wasn't prepared for how funny this book would be. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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The Future of Another Timeline By Annalee Newitz Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765392114
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

This is a refreshingly inventive look at time travel, both in terms of the means and the rules. Right now, we're in the midst of an ongoing battle over how we should remember history, and whose stories get told, and this novel makes that into a literal fight over who gets to control the timeline, with stakes that are both huge and ultra-personal. Utterly brilliant. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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Sorrowland: A Novel By Rivers Solomon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374266776
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Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

This novel rocked me, and I'm already thinking about re-reading it. There are so many gorgeous passages that I wanted to just soak in, and I know they'll mean more to me on subsequent readings. Vern is a great protagonist: an escapee from a utopian community who gives birth in the woods and tries to raise her two children away from society. This book has so much to say about what happens when revolutions are co-opted, our longstanding practice of experimenting on Black bodies, and the audacity of queer love. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel By Manuel Gonzales Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399573217
Published: Riverhead Books - April 11th, 2017

Pure excellent fun. Gonzales had previously published a breathtakingly surreal book of literary short stories, but for his debut novel, he went full gonzo. The "regional office" is supposedly the headquarters of a travel agency, but it's actually a front for an organization that recruits teenage girls and turns them into superheroes who save the world in secret. But now... it's under attack. Worth it just for the cyborg arm section. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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Unity By Elly Bangs Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616963422
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Published: Tachyon Publications - April 21st, 2021

Bangs' debut novel (published by San Francisco's own Tachyon Publications) is a wild, thrilling ride. Danae is part of a collective, a hive mind, which is a bit like the Borg only more constructive and humane — but she's on her own, ever since something disastrous happened. And now she's being hunted, and needs to find the rest of herself, in a world that's on the brink of total destruction. This book asks some fascinating questions about personhood and the individual versus the collective. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle By Malka Older Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765392367
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Published: Tordotcom - August 8th, 2017

If you worry about the future of democracy (and who doesn't lately?) this book will give you a whole new perspective, along with some ideas on how things could work differently. Older has come up with a radical take on local autonomy and direct democracy, along with a sophisticated notion of how we could improve our access to accurate information. This is no dry tome, though — it's a wonderful, pulse-pounding thriller. -Review by Charlie Jane Anders


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The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel By Karen Lord Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345549341
Published: Del Rey - February 4th, 2014

Lord's first space opera novel has a definite Star Trek feel to it, in a very good way. The Sadiri are sort of like Vulcans — they cultivate the life of the mind and have a refined, ethical outlook. Until their home planet is wiped out, and the surviving Sadiri have to find genetically compatible people to reproduce with. With that setup, you'd expect a dark, upsetting story of surviving genocide, but instead this is a delightful, sweet romance, mixed with a bit of a travelogue.  -Review by Charlie Jane Anders