by James Dickey “I’ll take what I’ve got. I don’t read books and I don’t have theories. What’d be the use? What you’ve got is a fantasy life.” “That’s all anybody has got.” Four city boys, bored with mundane suburban lives and office jobs, take canoes to a nearby river to get away for a... Continue Reading →

The City & The City

by China Mieville Is it more foolish and childish to assume there is a conspiracy, or that there is not? In an odd kind of futuristic noir, Inspector Borlu lives in a city that’s split to the point its inhabitants aren’t legally allowed to acknowledge the other city, so anyone living there carefully learns to... Continue Reading →


by Frederik Pohl Rob Broadhead, a food miner working in terrible conditions, wins the lottery and decides to use all proceeds to purchase a one-way ticket to Gateway, an abandoned alien space station featuring built-in ships taking explorers to unknown destinations in space. Less than one-third of the ships ever come back, and may that... Continue Reading →


by Frank Herbert "They tried and failed, all of them?" "Oh, no." She shook her head. "They tried and died." OK. Wow. Monster of a novel. But it’s not just the length. We’ve all read books this long and much longer. There’s a unique quality here in terms of world realization—this one’s got it, and... Continue Reading →

The Postman Always Rings Twice

by James M. Cain “Stealing a man’s wife, that’s nothing, but stealing his car, that’s larceny.” A rambler gets thrown off the truck on which he’s been sneaking a ride and finds himself at a small restaurant/gas station. He sees the owner’s stunner of a wife and decides to accept a job offer at the... Continue Reading →

The Gods Themselves

by Isaac Asimov “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” Winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards, The Gods Themselve is one of Dr. Asimov’s most highly respected novels and is broken up like three interconnected novellas. In the first, a bizarre exchange of electrons has been noticed by an... Continue Reading →

Make Something Up

by Chuck Palahnuik “By the time you turn thirty, your life is about escaping the person you’ve become in order to escape the person you’ve become in order the escape the person you started as.” Folks talk about varied collections. The phrase “runs the gamut” has been overused to the extent you might cringe whenever... Continue Reading →


by Chuck Palahniuk Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don’t throw yourself down the stairs, that’s a choice. Every time you don’t crash your car, you reenlist. In his 30’s Tender Brandon is one of the last known survivors of a religious... Continue Reading →


by Neil Gaiman “This is reality. Get used to it. It’s all there is.” The man has no right to write like this. Yes, there’s a craft perfected with hard work, but it just seems so easy; it must be so easy. Beneath even a small section of a seemingly whimsical tale is (always) something... Continue Reading →

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