In the last two years, I've interviewed Adam Savage a few times about to do things, his love of the costumes of the spaceand what he is carrying in his bag. He often talks about all these things and I was a little surprised to find that he has never written a book – until now. In May, he publishes Each tool is a hammer: life is what you make of it, which bounces between a personal memory and a treatise on creative movement and creativity.
I recently picked up his book during a trip and I let it explode. I'm a creator and a cosplayer, and every page told me about something, whether it's thinking about the process and planning, creating costumes, or running an organization. It's a book that is not only about people who are actively designing and building objects. It's also a personal look at the importance of creativity in all areas.
Here are 10 sci-fi and fantasy books to be released in the second half of the month. (Our list of books published in the first half of April is available right here.)
On a burning throne by Ashok K. Banker
Ashok Banker is an Indian thriller and a fantastic author. His latest novel is his first American album. called On a burning throne, c & # 39; the first of his Empire Burnt Saga. This is happening in a world where demigods and demons exist alongside ordinary people. The emperor of the burned empire is dead and his heirs must prove that they are worthy to sit on the throne. But when a daughter of a distant kingdom passes the ordeal of fire but is rejected, her father, the demon lord Jarsun, declares a war that could tear the empire apart. Publishers Weekly says that this banker "impressively portrays the loyalties and rivalries of a huge cast while moving his enormous story to cinematic rhythm across personal, political and cosmic ladders".
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The making of the solo: a story of Star Wars by Rob Bredow
A few years ago, J.W. Rinzler wrote three stellar books on the backstage of the original Star Wars trilogy They are exhaustive on the way the films have combined, with interviews and conceptual drawings. This month, there will be a new one for Solo: A story of Star Wars, which seems to give a good overview of how the movie was designed. Hopefully there will be others at some point for Thief A and the rest of the new generation of movies.
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Knight by Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is especially known for his Star Wars novelsbut I continue to publish a number of his own works. His next is an opera of space in his Sibyl War series. (He follows last year pawn.) Knight tells the story of a woman named Nicole Hammond who was abducted by extraterrestrials and improved to help control a spacecraft called the Fyrantha. Various factions fight for control of the ship. Nicole and her fellows are caught in the middle.
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Alice in tatters by Gareth L. Powell
Holly Craig is a detective in Wales who can see evil in the soul of someone. Having grown up in a small town, she ran away to join the police in London. She is now back, investigating a hit and run, to discover only that this particular crime goes beyond appearances.
Flora Book by Meg Elison
The last installment of Meg Elison Road to nowhere Trilogy eats at the end of an apocalypse in which most women have been killed, making them valuable to communities seeking to repopulate themselves. A woman named Flora and her friends and family make their way through the broken lands to find a place for themselves. When new hope for the future of humanity arises, this forces Flora to choose between the house she has built and the fight against oppression. Kirkus Reviews call the book "A thoughtful extrapolation of contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality requiring broader discussion and understanding."
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Grasshopper storm by Rebecca Roanhorse
The beginnings of Rebecca Roanhorse Lightning trail bluffed us last year. He introduced the post-apocalyptic world in which magic reappeared in Dinetah, the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe. Roanhorse picked up Nebula and Hugo nominations for the book, and his sequel seems just as good. She follows the monster hunter Maggie Hoskie who tracks down her friend Kai Arviso when he falls with a mysterious cult. The novel has got a selected review of Publishers Weekly, who says that "readers who enjoyed the first book of Roanhorse will flutter impatiently during his second book".
Delta-v by Daniel Suarez
With books like Influx and Agent of changeDaniel Suarez is well known for having tackled complex and complex scientific topics and for having built fast-paced popcorn thrillers around them. His neighbor looks like continuing this trend: Delta-v is taking place in the near future when a billionaire hires a team to lead the first space exploration mission on an asteroid close to the Earth. The team of soldiers, astronauts and mountaineers has to face the harsh realities of space and help each other to kick off a potential new direction for humanity. Kirkus Reviews says that it's "a cut above most techno novels" and that he enjoys "his attention to detail, which reinforces the credibility of his futuristic vision".
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Emily Eternal by Mr. G. Wheaton
Scientists have designed an artificial intelligence named Emily to help people cope with trauma. She is eager to learn and understand the limits of human empathy and action. But when scientists discover that the sun will explode prematurely and that its servers are destroyed, it survives in a single interface of a chemical engineer and discovers an unconventional fix that can save everyone. Kirkus Reviews to describe it's a novel that "blurs the issues of existentialism, human essentialism and love".
Parable of the sower by Octavia E. Butler
The classic science fiction novel by Octavia E. Butler Parable of the sower receives a new edition this year on a Californian dystopia in the 2020s that follows a girl named Lauren Olamina who tries to protect her family and her community, but she accidentally leads them to the beginning of a new faith and a new direction for humanity. The book is accompanied by a new preface by the author awarded by Hugo N.K. Jemisin. The second novel of the series, Talent parablewill receive a new edition later this year as well.
Tide of waste by Chen Qiufan and Ken Liu
When he published his three-body trilogy a few years ago, Cixin Liu has made a name for himself and for the world of Chinese science fiction around the world. Now, other writers are following in his footsteps. Chen Qiufan's first novel, Tide of waste, will be published in English for the first time (translated by Ken Liu). This is a woman named Mimi who sorts out the discarded electronics on Silicon Isle. She and other workers are struggling to fight pollution when a war breaks out on the island between investors, terrorists and gangs, all fighting for control and profit. Publishers Weekly gave the book to starry criticism, arguing that this is "extremely important for the current moment of disposable culture, increasing income disparity and technological progress at a rate that morality and ethics are struggling to keep up with".