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I find I’ve grown into Cogman’s novels set in parallel worlds connected through her great Library. Her confidence and comfort

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The Gilded Cage is a new novel by Vic James, and the first part of a new trilogy, and a

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A brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch (nightmarish American accent notwithstanding) in a fully fleshed out role, introduces us to a universe of magic and urban sorcery that does not rely on any of the existing Marvel franchise. In fact, other than two references in the entire movie, the rest of the Marvel universe stays politely in the toy box. A visual feast with a well-polished script that’s excellent fun.

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To start (and to state my conclusion), this is a fantastic book with brilliant worldbuilding that confounds traditional characterizations of nature,

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The Washington Post share their five best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015. Since they only choose 5 books, it forces an exclusion of a lot of inevitably excellent work, but provides a manageable reading list that’s worth comparing to the 2015 bookshelf to see if there’s one of these that has somehow slipped through the net.

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You’d think, in our highly indexed, catalogued and searchable dataverse, that it would be easy to find the information you

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Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series concludes with Ancillary Mercy. A person is discovered in the Undergarden who should not exist, who may represent a ship that has been hiding from Anaander Mianaai for centuries. But just as new information begins to provide the pieces of the puzzle, forces arrive in the outskirts of the system, and they don’t appear friendly.

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A powerful investigation of the challenges of truly reaching for the stars. Kim Stanley Robinson asks, “What would it really be like if we tried,” and then comes up with some answers, not all of which are pleasant to consider. While you can (and people have) poke holes in some of the science and assumptions, this book goes further and deeper into the underlying difficulties of sending people into space for over a hundred years, and leaving behind the cradle from which we came.

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This story is a warning of the consequences of apathy and denial in the face of gradual climate change. Like a gradually heated lobster, we fail to notice the danger until the water is already boiling and it is too late. Similarly, institutions in a position to effect policy changes that could arrest or reverse global warming fail to act, even when water is lapping at the foot of the Lincoln memorial. The broken interface between science and political leadership results in energy expended in arguments to defend doing nothing, and Robinson shows us, through the eyes of his characters, the powerlessness of society in the face of global problems of our own making.

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A strong handling of what could have been an amalgam of tropes and clichés. Cogman takes hold of concepts such as alternate realities, the fae, adventurous librarians and a detective story that thinks it’s a treasure hunt, and weaves them into an enjoyable adventure. We are introduced us to Irene, a character we will without doubt be seeing more of, who inhabits a world that I hope can continue to offer us the same level of depth and originality it has demonstrated so far.

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