May 19, 2019 We're trying not to make the "long, strange trip" joke about Rudy Rucker's new novel, but it's about three teens in a beat-up purple wagon with a dark energy motor, traveling across dimensions, so ...
May 16, 2019 Seanan McGuire's new standalone novel stars twins: Roger is good at words and Dodger is good at math — and both of them find themselves caught up in a shadowy alchemical plan for world domination.
May 10, 2019 Ted Chiang's new collection is jammed with brilliant ideas — but it also makes time to take one single fascinating notion and examine it in depth, in stories that are never too long or too short.
April 7, 2019 Caitlin Starling's tense new horror novel follows a desperate young cave diver who's lied her way into a job on a dangerous planet, and the supervisor who may not have her best interests at heart.
March 11, 2019 Salvatore Scibona's new novel is a generational saga, an epic of Vietnam and other places rendered in language that makes even simple things sound mythic. But first, a boy is abandoned at an airport.
March 3, 2019 Don Winslow's sprawling, operatic epic about the War on Drugs has some flaws, but it does the same thing Shakespeare's histories did: It simplifies current events into messy, bloody, gripping theater.
March 1, 2019 Irvine Welsh catches up with Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud — now middle aged and gone their separate ways — for what he says is the last installment in the Trainspotting saga.
February 27, 2019 The editors of this new anthology — drawn from a story contest run by Arizona State University — argue that stories are as necessary as policy and technology in the fight against climate change.
February 17, 2019 Charlie Jane Anders' new novel, set on an inhospitable alien planet, is about rebels, smugglers and lobster-like monsters, but also about how grand political ideas break down — and who that hurts.
February 1, 2019 Leigh Bardugo's latest returns readers to her Grishaverse, a few years after a grand magical battle left young King Nikolai of Ravka with a demonic problem he's now struggling to keep secret.
January 27, 2019 In All Systems Red, Martha Wells hides a delicate, nuanced, character-driven story under a veneer of robot fights and space murder — and the titular Murderbot is the character doing the driving.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, you don't exactly level up.
Courtesy of Rockstar Games
January 1, 2019 Our occasional series about storytelling returns with a look at Red Dead Redemption 2, which inverts one of the biggest tropes in video games — the Power Curve. There's no leveling up here.
Blue flag blooming along Walden Pond in early fall.
Screenshot courtesy of USC Game Innovation Lab
December 13, 2018 Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with the most intentionally literary game we've ever looked at: Walden, A Game, in which you play as Henry David Thoreau (yes, really).
November 8, 2018 Lavie Tidhar's new novel asks the questions we've all asked occasionally: How sure are you that the world you see around you every day is real? How sure are you that it's the only one, the real one?
Mira and her raccoon pal BK. Spoiler alert: He's kind of a jerk.
November 5, 2018 Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a trip to Donut County — which is about doughnuts, yes, but also giant holes, cranky raccoons, and learning not to be a jerk.