7 Best Speculative Fiction Picks For 2016


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Another year, another bumper crop of new genre titles. Some of these will come as no surprise to those of you who read my previous posts 7 New Speculative Fiction Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016 and 5 More Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016.  Read on to find out which ones made the list.

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Book Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh


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In my opinion, Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh is one of the most underrated speculative fiction authors writing today. What I find most appealing about his work is that although his novels are often expanded from earlier short stories, he never writes the same book twice. Other than falling under the comprehensive umbrella of “soft” or social science fiction, his four adult novels to date — Soft Apocalypse, Hitchers, Love Minus Eighty, and Defenders — bear little resemblance to one another in terms of themes or subject matter.

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If you’ve stumbled across this blog, like me, you’re probably drawn to strange, high concept ideas. (When it comes to fiction, my motto is “The weirder, the better!”) The title comes from a conversation between two of my favourite writers, Lost and The Leftovers showrunner and co-creator, Damon Lindelof, and the man who needs no introduction, the King of Horror himself, Stephen King. During the course of their interaction, Lindelof jokes (in response to frequent criticism) that if he doesn’t rein his imagination in, his work has a tendency to veer off into what he calls, “Crazy Genre Mystery Town”.

As a writer, voracious reader, and devout watcher of speculative fiction, Crazy Genre Town is not only where I live, but where I escape to as well. I hope you’ll join me in exploring this brave new world through science fiction, fantasy, and horror book and entertainment reviews and discussion.

I’ll leave off with a quote I have always loved, from W.B. Yeats’ “The Celtic Twilight”, that sums up my feelings on the speculative genre:

“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart longs for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”