Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture: the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. Valente's take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.
Calhoun's debut novel "Black Moon" is a hallucinatory and stunning debut. While the world is ravaged by a plague of insomnia, "Black Moon" follows four people who have found themselves with the curse of sleep and dreams. Calhoun has created a riveting, beautiful and profound world gripped by madness and desperation.
A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.
To visit Urras to learn, to teach, to share will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.
The story of an isolated post-holocaust community of clones who are determined to preserve civilization, "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang" is sad and sweet, asking the reader to consider what really makes us human, and what we are willing to give up for survival.
In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist's heart Apparitions bring the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.