New Books Network

Ken Liu, “The Hidden Girl and Other Stories” (Gallery/Saga Press, 2020)
Ken Liu’s second collection of speculative stories explores migration, memory, and a post-human future through the eyes of parents and their children. Whether his characters are adjusting to life on a new planet or grappling with moral quandaries—like whether a consciousness uploaded to a server is still human—they struggle with the age-old... Read More
James Rosone, “Rigged” (Front Line, 2019)
In military thrillers, many authors attempt to create plausible conflicts and many come up short, but James Rosone and Miranda Watson‘s Rigged (Front Line ,2019), Book one of “The Falling Empire Series,” is a chilling what if scenario that is all too plausible. Rigged paints a tale that appears to... Read More
Stephen Jenkinson, “Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble” (North Atlantic Books, 2018)
Today I interviewed Stephen Jenkinson. He’s not only an author, an activist, a musician, and the founder of a school, but also an inspired etymologist, a spiritual trickster, and a mythopoetic storyteller cracking sticks and tossing them into a low fire as the spirits in the embers rise with his... Read More
Carrie Vaughn, “The Immortal Conquistador” (Tachyon Publications, 2020)
Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new one, as a renegade vampire. For over five hundred years, Ricardo has upset the established order. He has protected his found family from marauding demons,... Read More
K. M. Szpara, “Docile” (Tor.com, 2020)
In Docile (Tor.com, 2020), the debut novel by K.M. Szpara, people pay off family debts by working as indentured personal assistants to the ultra-wealthy. Tor describes the book as a “science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power.” Szpara describes the book as “really gay.”... Read More
Maya Rodale, “An Heiress to Remember” (Avon Books, 2020)
As Maya Rodale notes early in this interview, romance novels tend not to get the same respect as other categories of fiction, historical or otherwise. Here, and in her Dangerous Books for Girls, she argues persuasively that this bad reputation is an attempt by life’s insiders to undermine the central message... Read More
Berry Grass, “Hall of Waters” (Operating System, 2019)
Today I interview Berry Grass, an essayist with a powerful new collection of linked essays called Hall of Waters (Operating System, 2019). Grass’s aim is nothing less than to demythologize the American Midwest. Grass wants us to see something like the true history of the land and the culture from... Read More