Out This Month: May



“Spore” by Tang Fei, translated from the Chinese by Andy Dudak (Clarkesworld, May 1).







Solo Viola: A Post-Exotic Novel by Antoine Volodine, translated from the French by Lia Swope Mitchell (University of Minnesota Press, May 11).

In one of his first forays into post-exoticism, Antoine Volodine takes the reader into a fictional world where a variety of characters collide. All are trying to survive in an absurd and hostile environment of authoritarian spectacle, at the mercy of a tyrannical buffoon, and seeking the strange counterbalance of hope in a viola player, whose stunning music might save them all.



To the Warm Horizon by Choi Jin-young, translated from the Korean by Soje (Honford Star, May 15).

A group of Koreans are making their way across a disease-ravaged landscape—but to what end? To the Warm Horizon shows how in a post-apocalyptic world, humans will still seek purpose, kinship, and even intimacy. Focusing on two young women, Jina and Dori, who find love against all odds, Choi Jin-young creates a dystopia where people are trying to find direction after having their worlds turned upside down.







“A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction” by Alex Shvartsman (Clarkesworld, May 1).







Alex Diggins reviews The Night Circus

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