Staff Pick

Since reading Exhalation, I’ve repeatedly thought about its stories and characters, which is the hallmark of great speculative fiction. Stories about ideas--whether time travel, parallel universes, or artificial intelligence--can get bogged down with heavy philosophy and unsatisfying scientific explanations, but Chiang’s stories (thankfully) do neither. Each story is truly unique, not only in subject, but in style and scope. They explore the implications of technology precisely, contain characters with whom we empathize because of their flaws, and provide plots that genuinely enrapture and surprise you. Most importantly, they challenge us to think through the philosophy ourselves, instead of force-feeding us the “right” conclusion. 

 

 

Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

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Sisters Laya and Liba have grown up in a remote hamlet among their neighbors where life is comfortable and familiar. But their village is surrounded by an expanse of forest that may hide more than it tells. Dangers lurk beyond the tree line; some are starkly hazardous but many are hidden between dark and magical secrets that have been watching and waiting for generations. In a world where fairy tales are real, it’s up to Laya and Liba to get to the root of the evil by setting aside their differences, which may be greater than they know.

 

 

 

The Sisters of the Winter Wood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316483254
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Published: Redhook - September 25th, 2018

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“This is a tale I have heard,” - a tale told to you, both the reader and protagonist, by a god as they watch it unfold. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie is unlike any novel I have ever read. This story is told in second person by a character who is somehow both directly involved and entirely above the events they are recounting. It is a tale of gods and politics and stories and words, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I have been so enraptured by a new world.

The Raven Tower Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316388696
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Published: Orbit - February 26th, 2019

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