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How a painting of the Ku Klux Klan is causing a stir in Texas

When Vincent Valdez began painting The City, a 30ft panorama in which a dozen Ku Klux Klansmen assemble against the backdrop of a moonlit metropolis, Donald Trump had recently announced his intention to run for president. Through that fall, as Valdez toiled away in his San Antonio studio inside a …

San Antonio

Death Embraces

• <b>Author:</b> J.C. Diem<p>Natalie Pierce awakens to find herself buried in a box that strongly resembles a coffin. After some initial confusion she remembers that she has become a member of a very exclusive club; the living dead.<p>Natalie has three important tasks ahead of her. One: escape from her …

This 360-degree wireless security camera is $45

While it's fun to watch Hollywood action heroes hack into cameras to spy on their targets, the thought of an actual cybercriminal using our own …

Encryption

The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump

• <b>Author:</b> Harry Turtledove<p><b>In an alternate America that runs on magic, a potential environmental disaster plunges an overworked bureaucrat into a deadly conspiracy of evil gods and darkest sorcery</b><p>David Fisher pushes paper for the EPA in a world that’s a lot like ours . . . only different. In <i>this</i> …

The Lies of Locke Lamora

• <b>Author:</b> Scott Lynch<p><b>“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining.”—The Times (London)</b> <br>An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in …

Sunshine

• <b>Author:</b> Robin McKinley<p><b>A small-town baker uses her own magic to confront a post–vampire apocalypse world in this award-winning urban fantasy Neil Gaiman called “pretty much perfect.”</b><p>Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years. …

One Way

• <b>Author:</b> S. J. Morden<p><b>Andy Weir's The Martian meets Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None in this edge-of-your-seat science fiction thriller about one man's fight for survival on a planet where everyone's a killer.</b><p>Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer, so when he's …

Broken Soul

• <b>Author:</b> Faith Hunter<p><b>Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....</b><p>When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and …

Born Of Flame

• <b>Author:</b> Nick Kyme<p>Born of the fiery world of Nocturne, the Salamanders believe in self sacrifice and the sanctity of human life. Their father Vulkan was raised on this world, a blacksmith's son from humble origins who became a primarch of the Emperor of Mankind and forged his sons into a Legion. …

Provenance

• <b>Author:</b> Ann Leckie<p><b>NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2018</b><b>Ann Leckie returns to the world of her record-breaking Imperial Radch trilogy, which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, with an enthralling novel of power, privilege, and birthright.</b><br>A power-driven young woman has just …

Watchers

• <b>Author:</b> Dean Koontz<p><b>A “superior thriller”(Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.</b><p>On his thirty-sixth …

Tiamat's Wrath

• <b>Author:</b> James S. A. Corey<p><b>The eighth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series.</b> <br>Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and …

The best science fiction and fantasy to read this month

<b>The Freeze-Frame Revolution</b> (Tachyon), by Peter Watts, is a delicious morsel of hard science fiction. The short novel follows the crew of a construction ship who have spent 66 million years traveling across the galaxy building interstellar wormhole gates for humanity. The group is held in suspended …

Books

Footsteps in Time

• <b>Author:</b> Sarah Woodbury<p>In December of 1282, English soldiers ambushed and murdered Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales. His death marked the end of Wales as an independent nation and the beginning of over seven hundred years under the English boot.<p>Footsteps in Time is the story of what might …

Transcendence

• <b>Author:</b> G. S. Jennsen<p><b>What does it mean to be human? What if the price of saving humanity is giving up your own?</b><p>The year is 2322, and we stand upon the precipice of extinction.<p>The invading Metigen armada has decimated the eastern third of settled space in a matter of days, leaving tens of millions …

Ghost Story

• <b>Author:</b> Jim Butcher<p>When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately, being dead doesn’t make Harry’s life any easier. <br>Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding …

Walks Through Mist

• <b>Author:</b> Kim Murphy<p><b>W</b><i>itch trials in Virginia?</i> Salem wasn’t the first…<br>Psychologist Shae Howard treats a patient who claims to recall nothing of the current century. Under hypnosis, Phoebe Wynne tells an astonishing tale of an ocean crossing to Colonial Jamestown, followed by near starvation and a …

The 15 Most-Anticipated Thrillers & Mysteries Of Summer 2018, According To Goodreads

Looking for something to spice up your summer reading list? I've got a list for you. The 15 mysteries and thrillers below are getting major hype on …

25 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life

These documentaries are powerful, shocking, heartbreaking, and intense, and each will expand the horizons of the viewers open to learning more about the world<p>Moviegoers are suckers for a true story, which is why documentary films are so endearing and fascinating. While we often respond to narrative …

I could not put down Tom Miller's 'The Philosopher's Flight'

Magic is barely understood science in Tom Miller's <i>The Philosopher's Flight</i>. A United States engaged in the early days of World War II both eagerly …

The Dragons of Heaven

• <b>Author:</b> Alyc Helms<p>Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack …

The Dark Forest

• <b>Author:</b> Cixin Liu & Joel Martinsen<p><b>This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author.</b><p>In <i>The Dark Forest</i>, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien …

Noir

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Moore<p>The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of …

The Art of Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks (1874–1970) lived most of her life in Paris where she was a leading figure of an artistic counterculture of upper-class Europeans and …

All Systems Red

• <b>Author:</b> Martha Wells<p><b>Winner: 2018 Alex Award</b><b><br>A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella</b><b><br>One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017</b><p><b>A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through</b> …

The 12 gripping science fiction and fantasy novels you need to check out this May

This month’s picks include stories about AI, interstellar warfare, and a world without prisons<p>A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Slate’s podcast <i>Slow Burn</i>, an engrossing dive into the Watergate scandal that eventually prompted President Richard Nixon to resign. The series prompted me to pick up a …

28 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Shelves in May

May is here, and the month brings tons of new science fiction and fantasy books for your reading pleasure, including tales of kingdoms in turmoil, …

Emerging Writer's Contest Guidelines | Ploughshares

The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in …

Kris Longknife Commanding

• <b>Author:</b> Mike Shepherd<p>Grand Admiral, Her Royal Highness Kris Longknife is up to her ears in problems . . . again.<br>While summoned to the Imperial Iteeche Court to be humanity’s Emissary, it turns out that what the Iteeche really want is a fighting admiral!<br>You see, they’ve got this huge civil war …