On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the lunar landing next month, I think a little about the vast canon of Apollo's history. An ink has sunk in the last half of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, and there are others on the way.
A handful of works stand out in the history of space flight literature. The first is a pair of books written by Francis French and Colin Burgess: In this silent sea, about NASA's work leading up to Apollo, and In the shadow of the moon, on the Apollo program up to Apollo 11. They are part of the fantastic University of the University of Nebraska Press Outdoor odyssey series, and offer an accessible and detailed overview of how the United States has reached the moon.
Another essential book is Spatial Combination: Create Apollo by Nicolas de Monxhau. If you ever wondered what to do to design a spacesuit (and if you had not looked at my Colleague of Loren Grush Spatialship series), it is an exhaustive history of how a company known for the manufacture of bras and belts has developed iconic costumes worn on the moon. It explores how space suits were made and provides a unique insight into the history of spaceflight.
Here are 11 new science fiction and fantasy novels that will be released in the second half of June. (You can read the books that hit the stores earlier this month right here.)
All the city by Alex DiFrancesco
Alex DiFrancesco, located in the near future of New York City All the city follows the fate of two people who survived a hurricane: Makayla, a shop assistant, and Jesse, a sexist anarchist. After being caught in the storm, they carved out a place for themselves in an abandoned luxury condominium complex. As they work to rebuild their lives, strange and colorful murals begin to appear in the city, drawing the eyes of reporters and drawing attention to the home they've built. Publishers Weekly said that it is an "affectionate and painful warning that reflects the resilience, fragility and joy of precarious communities with an immediate and compassionate voice".
The girl who could move with her mind by Jackson Ford
Teagan Frost has powers of telekinesis, which the government has made good use of, sending her on missions she alone can accomplish. Like most people with special powers, she just wants to be normal. But after a mission, the authorities discover a body. she is the main suspect and only has 22 hours to prove her innocence. If she can not, she could start a battle that could ruin Los Angeles. Kirkus Reviews said that it is a "fast-paced, high-speed adrenaline that manages to tackle dark themes without losing its sense of fun".
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Empress of always by Max Gladstone
Max Gladstone is best known for his fantastic Sequence of crafts urban fantasy seriesand with Empress of alwayshe pays attention to the opera of space. Vivian Liao is a brilliant businesswoman, but her competitors have it in herself and, while trying to sabotage her efforts, she finds herself dragged into a distant future by a powerful entity known as the Empress. The Empress controls the universe and plunders the past in search of technologies to protect the universe of an alien species called The Bleed. To get home, I saw a motley crew of adventurers who tried to undermine the empress and save everyone. Publishers Weekly gave the book to starry criticism, and the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog called a "The opera of the space fiercely feminist."
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The guardian of documents by Agnes Gomillion
After the Earth was consumed by a third world war, the remaining armies and countries set up a new world order in which racial lines are strictly controlled and medications are distributed to erase the memory of the lower classes. Arika Cobane has been training for a decade to join the Kongo elite, who rewrote history to adapt to the status quo. But when a new student arrives with dangerous ideas and openly questions the official story, he forces Arika to question everything for which she has worked. Publishers Weekly says the book "A confrontation of intellectually rich, emotional and ruthlessly honest racism proves that Gomillion is a new voice of paramount importance."
The girl in red by Christina Henry
Christina Henry is inspired by various classic fantasy stories: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and, now, Little Red Riding Hood. In The girl in red, a woman in a red jacket goes to the post-apocalyptic Earth, trying to find out how to survive in the new world. She is determined to reach her grandmother's home, but is forced to face dangerous officials with bad intentions. Publishers Weekly says that the book "Enchanted, the familiar story of a smart girl, a dangerous wolf and a brave savior, and folklore lovers will appreciate this bloody variation in the near future on a familiar theme." . "
FKA USA by Reed King
Located in 2085, FKA USA Imagine a world in which the United States collapsed as a result of disasters and environmental policies. It follows a man named Truckee Wallace who lives and works in what was Little Rock, Arkansas (now called Crunchtown 407), with no other purpose in life than to be fucked one day. When the president asks him to deliver a goat who speaks across the continent in San Francisco, he is in conflict – he does not know if it's worth it. But he crossed the country with a strange group of companions: Barnaby, the goat; Sammy, an android who wants to be human; and Tiny Tim, a lobotomized convict. Kirkus Reviews says that it is "An epic and concocted apocalyptic vision of America in all its faded glory."
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Stealing worlds by Karl Schroeder
In the near future, Sura Neelin has tried to survive in a world where automation creates jobs and where the country's surveillance machine means that it is impossible to disappear. After the murder of her father, she goes to the race and, with the help of a resistance movement, learns to hide and survive in an underground economy that exists in the games of RA . All the while, her father was killed and some dark secrets about the nature of the game world – and about the fact that she might be able to overthrow the entire system. Publishers Weekly says that "Readers looking for a bit of optimism mixed with gloomy predictions will find a good balance here."
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Money in the wood by Emily Tesh
In her first novel, Emily Tesh casts a new look at the myth of the green man. Tobias Finch, who is found in Victorian England, has dedicated centuries to Greenhollow, listening to the trees and enjoying a peaceful existence. When a man named Henry Silver arrives, I have Tobias' life, forcing him to take stock of his past. Publishers Weekly says that "The characters and mythology of Tesh are of exquisite workmanship," and it's a "short, fresh and evocative novel (which) heralds a welcome new voice in fantasy."
Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull
If you recognize the name of Cadwell Turnbull, it may be because he was one of the authors of our Better worlds anthology project earlier this year with his story "Monsters come screaming in their season. " Lesson is his first novel, and it takes place in the US Virgin Islands, after a spacecraft belonging to an advanced alien race known as Ynaa Park. The extraterrestrials are mysterious and seem to be friendly, unless they are provoked, in which case they respond severely. A year after the killing of a young boy on the islands by the Ynaa, three families find themselves at the heart of a larger conflict. The book has received starry reviews of Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weeklyand Locus Magazine says that it's "a book that presents issues and racial issues in a truly new way, making it a book that … will stand the test of time".
Stories of Hexarchate by Yoon Ha Lee
Yoon Ha Lee Empire Machineries space opera trilogy – Ninefox Gambit, Crow stratagremand Returning Gun – You have earned him considerable acclaim in recent years. The books follow the adventures of an infantry captain and a general in the midst of a violent interstellar war. They are a return to the world with this collection of news that covers the world and its characters. They include an art thief who has to save the galaxy from a prototype weapon, a general who is smarter than his opponent, and more. Written for smugglersLee has gone through some of the ideas behind the book's stories.
The mother of the Iron Dragon by Michael Swanwick
The third installment of Michael Swanwick Iron dragon girl series (which includes the years 1993 The Iron Dragon Girl and from 2008 The babel dragons) The mother of the Iron Dragon Follow Caitlin Without Thank You, a majestic majestic Dragon Corps pilot piloting a robotic robot called 7708. for the death and alleged murder of his brother. She continues the race with 7708 in an industrialized fairyland to erase her name. Kirkus Reviews gave the book to starry criticism, describing it as "Disco-World meets Faust." They do not like it. "Philip Pullman picks up the pieces."
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