Emily Dickinson had it wrong: There is no star cruiser like a book. When you want to journey past the furthermost limits of your own imagination, you turn to books. And August's new book releases are just packed with brilliant new ideas and thrilling stories, from some of the world's best writers.
Can you name the 10 greatest science fiction novels by women authors published in the past decade? That's a meme that's been making the rounds, in response to a perceived increase in the marginalization of women in SF.
It's rare to find an eco-catastrophe story that strikes a note of hope (or that doesn't have explosions), but novelist Lydia Millet has done it in her short story "Alpha," which you can listen to free online.