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The Genetics of Genre, the Genre of Genetics

The Genetics of Genre, the Genre of Genetics

SERGEI LUKYANENKO’s sci-fi novel The Genome was first published in Russia in 1999, but 15 years later, in English translation, it’s future is still, somewhat wearisomely, our future. At least sinc...

A Subtle Weave of Layers

A Subtle Weave of Layers

DESPITE INVOLVING GLOBAL apocalypse, planetary colonization, and an evangelical mission to preach to aliens, Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things is not the work of revelations that its tit...

What Does Not Exist

What Does Not Exist

AROUND THE MIDDLE of the second century of the Christian Era, Lucian, a satirist from Samosata in what is now Turkey, wrote A True History, which included an extravagant tale of voyagers swept up to ...

Unleashing the Quiver of Time's Arrows

Unleashing the Quiver of Time's Arrows

IN THE SPECIALIZED SANDBOX of “hard” science fiction, so-called for the “hardness” or rigor of its science, there is probably no writer “harder” than Greg Egan.   A mathematician by ...

Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

WATCHING The X-Files growing up, I was always more of a “Monster-of-the-Week” fan: flukeman, the Bat Creature, even a Giovanni Ribsi who controls lightning. I wanted to know what made them monste...