This week’s stories are about daughters who don’t want to be like their mothers, mothers who want impossible things for their daughters, and trees that resent being thrown out in the cold and snow.
People who enjoy seeing the collision of literary and genre fiction have an unusual bounty right now: The New Yorker just turned its summer fiction edition over to science fiction. And last month the literary magazine Tin House produced its first "Science Fair" edition.
Well this is just brilliant. The folks over at The New Yorker's Culture Desk recently asked everyone's favorite big, green film critic — Film Crit Hulk — to comment on Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in The Avengers.
In this week's issue of The New Yorker, Sam Lipsyte's "The Dungeon Master" follows a group of teenagers who roleplay with a creepy, autocratic DM. The hilarious but jarring story illustrates how totally arbitrary dungeon-mastering can ruin a game.
It figures. When aliens finally do invade and take over our planet, it'll be just as much an anti-climax as everything else. Are you ready for space conquest with ennui? The New Yorker hopes so.
In The Garden Of Iden, Kage Baker's fantastic novel about time-traveling cyborgs who work for the 24th century Company, is available as a free download. Five-year-old Mendoza is about to be tortured to death as a Jew in the Spanish Inquisition, when she's rescued by the Company and turned into a time-traveling…