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The 11 Best Sci-Fi Novels From the 21st Century You Likely Missed

Great doesn't need to mean old.<p>People tend to look to decades past for examples of great science fiction—the works Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. But the 21st century is living in its own golden age of sci-fi. Along with film and TV adaptations, novels like <i>Cloud Atlas</i>, <i>The Road</i>,</i> …

Dystopian fiction is topping best-seller charts

Once just populating high school reading lists and serving as jumping-off points for theoretical discussions, cautionary tales of life under …

10 Books That Are More Political Than You Think

Most of the time, political allegories aren't all that hard to spot. I mean, we all know that the book <i>Animal Farm</i> isn't just about animals who live …

If You Liked 1984, Then You’ll Love These 7 Books

<b>When you feel like it might not be the “best of times,” as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said last week, then chances are pretty good</b> …

Literature

Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying

Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism.<p>Imagine a United States in which the president has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to scrub its website of climate-change content, his counselor and …

8 Contemporary Japanese Novelists (Who Aren’t Haruki Murakami)

When Japanese bookshops opened up at midnight on Feb. 24 for his book launch event, Haruki Murakami was back in the news and back on our shelves. …

Literature

13 books Ernest Hemingway thought every young writer should read

In 1934, a young man named Arnold Samuelson was fresh out of journalism school at the University of Minnesota when he read "One Way Across," a short story by Ernest Hemingway.<p>The story later became part of Hemingway's fourth novel "To Have and Have Not."<p>Samuelson admired the story so much that he …

9 Essential Books by Arab Writers

<i>Louisa Ermelino is the Reviews Director at PW and her most recent book,</i> Malafemmena <i>(Sarabande), is a collection of stories, many of them set in the</i> …

Top 10 books about the apocalypse

The apocalypse – the literal end of the world – has long captured humanity’s dark imagination. Is it because the end of life on Earth is so impossible to comprehend, or that it feels so frighteningly close at hand? I personally enjoy the terrible dread of dropping into a world near enough to my own …

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Read These 16 Powerful, Important Books Written By Immigrant Authors

Stories of humanity that have come from all over the world.<p>For the moment, justice has put a hold on Donald Trump's executive order preventing people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States. That this order showed prejudice and unwarranted fear of outsiders …

The 100 best novels: No 2 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe comes second in our list of the best novels written in English. Robert McCrum explains the genius of this complex, irresistible novel<p>Robert McCrum introduces the series<p>English fiction began with The Pilgrim’s Progress, but nearly 50 turbulent years, including the …

Read the Novels 3 Billionaires Swear Changed Their Lives | Inc.com

Running a billion-dollar business empire is nothing if not time-consuming, so you can be pretty sure that the men and women atop these companies only spend their time on activities that offer rich rewards. Perhaps you'd be shocked to know that, for many of the world's top entrepreneurs and execs, …

Books

Fahrenheit Zero: 7 of the Best Novels Set in the Depths of Winter

Edith Wharton understood better than most the complex ways in which desire, social mores, and anxiety can twist the paths of our lives. Winter pervades this story of its title character’s flawed marriage, his desire for another woman, and the obstacles to the happiness of virtually every character …

The 20 best spy novels of all time

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Classic dystopian novels' popularity surges in Trump's America

Since Donald Trump’s election, classic dystopian novels have seen a major surge in popularity.<p>After Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, used …

10 books to read before they become TV adaptations

Literary adaptations continue to dominate television, with an array of eagerly-anticipated book-inspired shows due to hit our screens in 2017 and …

7 world-changing books to remind you that progress *is* possible even when you feel hopeless

In times like these, it can be all too tempting to go one of two ways: to become a hardcore activist and protest in the streets 24/7, or to turn into …

'1984' Sales Have Skyrocketed. Here’s What To Read Next.

Ten Orwellian books about censorship and the power of words.<p>Last week, after Kellyanne Conway gave an interview describing falsehoods as “alternative facts,” sales of George Orwell’s decades-old classic <i>1984</i> spiked. The book, a part of so many high-school syllabi, appears to be helping people …

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6 powerful books on war and rebellion

<i>Journalist and former Marine platoon commander Elliot Ackerman shares his favorite books about political unrest and conflict:</i><p><b>Man's Fate by André</b> …

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Want to Question Your Reality? Read Carlo Rovelli’s New Book

Most of us would characterize our perception of the world as a continuous flow: the steady stream of time, and the smooth, reliable, recognizable matter in the form of a table, say, or a piece of stone. Such matter is perhaps most often considered in the realm of art. But for physicists, objects …

Physics

28 books to read in 2017

We're only in the first month of the new year, but this much is already clear: There are a lot of good books coming our way. From nonfiction that …

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and a polemical African American social scientist (Lytton Strachey and WEB Du Bois), having now plundered more than a century of Anglo-American prose, and with at least two more centuries to come, it’s a good moment to …

Literature

7 Novels Whose Worlds Are Way Worse Than 2016

As bad as 2016 has been, it thankfully hasn’t reached “pandemic-level superflu kills ninety percent of the world’s population, followed by a supernatural struggle between good and evil” levels. Yet. On the upside, Colorado seems like a pleasant enough place to rebuild society.<p>A post-apocalyptic …

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100+ Essential Books Every Man Should Read

Amazon is offering $5 off on print book purchases of $15 or more until 11:59 pm December 14, 2017. Use the promo code <b>BOOKGIFT17</b> at checkout to …

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

Human Acts: 8 Recently Translated Works of Fiction From Korea

A Novel<p>Han Kang’s <i>The Vegetarian</i> offered three different perspectives on a central character who slowly became alienated from the people and society around her. <i>Human Acts</i> takes a very different approach, showing the reverberations over time of an act of violence that occurs as part of a larger …

10 Dystopian Novels To Read Right Now

Dystopia now<p>Thanks to the incoming president and a Republican Congress which is trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, it's fair to say that our reality is looking more and more dystopian every day. So, while we can't recommend strongly enough that you take action to try and …

From Marilynne Robinson to Richard Ford, six writers in search of Trump's America

On the night of 8 November 2016, the United States, a mature republic of 241 summers, experienced a dreadful upset and fell into a condition that hovered between catatonia and hysteria.<p>On college campuses, young women were throwing up. Others were setting fire to things, or phoning their families …

Donald Trump

15 Romantic Novels You Should Read Instead Of Watching Their Movie Counterparts

There's nothing more stirring to the soul than a good old bout of love. The emotion's notorious reputation is to create mayhem, but we all have …

Literature

Writing a novel? Here are four things you need to know.

This month, more than 300,000 souls will participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual ritual in which, as the name suggests, one attempts to write an entire novel in a month that doesn't even have 31 days. If you are one of the hardy (or foolhardy) individuals embarking on …

Creative Writing