October 17, 2021 Fan Fiction is part memoir, part noir pastiche and maybe a little bit true. Is it a great work? No. Is it a lot of fun? Yes. Is it a book that could only have been written by Brent Spiner? Absolutely.
September 28, 2021 Cloud Cuckoo Land follows four people in very different times and places, all connected by an imaginary manuscript — also called "Cloud Cuckoo Land" — by a real author, the philosopher Diogenes.
September 5, 2021 What appears to be a simple, awful police killing turns out to be much worse in Cadwell Turnbull's new No Gods, No Monsters, set in a world where monsters and magic are real, and none of it is pretty.
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall
August 16, 2021 This year's Summer Poll is all about the past decade in science fiction and fantasy, so we asked critic Jason Sheehan to come up with his own list of the new sci-fi that's blowing his mind.
July 21, 2021 Claire North's new Notes from the Burning Age is set far in the future — but the titular burning age is our own, an age of waste and exploitation from which only fragments of knowledge remain.
Anthony Bourdain, in Roadrunner, the new documentary about his life.
July 16, 2021 Chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain died by suicide in 2018. The new documentary Roadrunner gathers people who knew him well to praise and remember him, and also to rage about his death.
Night Came With Many Stars, by Simon van Booy
David R. Godine, Publisher
June 10, 2021 Simon Van Booy's new novel Night Came With Many Stars follows several generations of a Kentucky family, their crossroads and choices, their curses and hard memories, their luck and their chances.
The Normandy, coolest ship in this part of space.
Screenshot by Jason Sheehan/EA
May 28, 2021 The Mass Effect series is known almost as much for its storytelling as its actual gameplay — as the series is rereleased in an omnibus Legendary edition, we look at what makes it so literary.
May 1, 2021 Martha Wells' new Murderbot novella is a classic locked-room mystery — only the locked room is a docked shuttle at a normally peaceful space station ill-equipped to deal with murder and mayhem.
In The Last of Us Part II, no one's hands are clean.
February 26, 2021 Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a look at The Last of Us Part II, which pulls a perspective switch on players that forces them to confront their role in the game.
February 11, 2021 Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a look at the eerie indie hit Kentucky Route Zero, which is ostensibly about a guy making a delivery — but there's so much more.
January 7, 2021 Stina Leicht's new sci-fi novel has a lot of moving parts: Space opera, rough-and-tumble mercenaries, corporate intrigue, alien first contact — and to her credit, she almost pulls it all off.
When nothing else works, you can lose yourself in the simple repetition of a game like Into the Breach.
December 31, 2020 Video games can offer immense, immersive open worlds — but for some players, the small-scale grinding repetition of the games known as "roguelikes" is a better way to pass the time.
December 22, 2020 CD Projekt Red's hotly-anticipated new game turned out to be a buggy mess — but beyond that, it's just a bad game that doesn't do justice to the gritty, anti-corporate nature of its source material.
November 12, 2020 The social deduction game. where you play a froup of funny-shaped little spaceman trying to uncover murderous impostors among you, originally came out in 2018 — but it's having a real moment now.