The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

In the near future, a ship arrives over the US Virgin Islands, and brings with it a species of alien that has the ability to hold and function in a human shape. This allows them to almost assimilate into the culture of the island. The tension between the Ynaa and the people living on the... Continue Reading →

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Idir is a dentist from Iran who taking the British citizenship exam. He has a wife and two children and desperately wants to pass this test. A kind and considerate man, Idir is puzzled by the many questions at the beginning of the test which assess his knowledge of British culture. Yet, very quickly the... Continue Reading →

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A story about intersecting cultures, fear of the 'other,' leaving home, and overcoming fear. There's more. A lot more. This little novella packs so much into so few pages. Binti is the first of her small minority on Earth to be chosen to enter the best university in the galaxy. She steals away from her... Continue Reading →

Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess

Thousands were able to escape the fallout from the simultaneous sabotage of three nuclear power plants. A lottery chose these individuals to cross through the portal to another earth, one that zippered off in 1909 leaving two timelines spinning independently of each other. These Universally Displaced Persons (UDP) have had a hard go of assimilating... Continue Reading →

Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

Target audiences. Literally targets on the audience. The sting of the algorithm. The most effective and damaging placements of ads for the manipulated populace. Tell them what they need, then sell it to them. Bennett creates a game show in the near future built on fear, guns, and money. Active shooters are armed and then... Continue Reading →

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