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The Art of Space Travel

|| "The Art of Space Travel" by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette. In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy. Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch. As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts more and more. Emily's mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie's memories are fading. As the astronauts' visit draws closer, the unearthing of a more personal history is about to alter Emily's world forever.

The Art of Space Travel

“The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette. In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy. Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch. As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts more and more. Emily’s mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie’s memories are fading. As the astronauts’ visit draws closer, the unearthing of a more personal history is about to alter Emily’s world forever.

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Five Recent Books Hovering at the Edge of Genre

I love books that stretch genre boundaries. Many of the novels I would name as personal favorites tend to fall into that narrow space between mainstream literary fiction and straight-up science fiction and fantasy. I enjoy the weird stuff: books that bend reality, that tamper with the world we recognize just enough to unseat our preconceptions of what might be possible. This seam of literature is rich in ideas and evocative language. Writers at the edge of genre are often more eager to take risks with literary form, or with styles of expression. Many of their books would undoubtedly find favor with the science fiction audience—if only SF readers knew they were out there. Writers such as David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Emily St. John Mandel have already won millions of fans among the SFF community, and luckily for all of us there are many more of these innovative “crossover” writers to discover.

[Here are just five of them…]

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