Victoria Jamieson's 2015 graphic novel Roller Girl
won the prestigious Newberry Honor Award and it's easy to see why: Jamieson's story of a young teen's interest in roller derby is the perfect vehicle to explore the difficult and even traumatic way that girls' friendships change as they become teenagers, while never losing sight of the core story, about personal excellence, teamwork, and hard-hitting, girl-positive roller derby.
I first encountered Noelle Stevenson's work through her groundbreaking
, but before the 'Janes, Stevenson was tearing up the webcomics world with Nimona
, which was collected and published by Harper Teen
Che Taylor is 17 and his little sister, Rosa, is 10 -- and she's a psychopath. His itinerant parents are relocating the family -- again -- to start (another) social enterprise, this one in New York, and Che knows that when the plane from Bangkok touches down, Rosa will resume her secret campaigns of psychological torture and ghastly cruelty, and that he'll be the only one who can see through the cherubic, charismatic, ringleted facade to the monster underneath. If only he didn't love her so much...
Between 1920 and 1924, the Free State of Fiume
was a real-world "pirate utopia
," an ungoverned place of blazing futurism, military triumphalism, transgression, sex, art, dada, and high weirdness. In Bruce Sterling's equally blazing dieselpunk novella Pirate Utopia
, the author turns the same wry and gimlet eye that found the keen edges for steampunk's seminal The Difference Engine
to the strange business of futurism.
Tim Harford's Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
plays to Harford's prodigious strengths: the ability to tell engrossing human stories, and the ability to use those stories to convey complex, statistical ideas that make your life better.
I have a soft spot for crapgadgets
. During my first stretch living in Silicon Valley, one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday was to get a friend to drive me to Fry's and just buy a whole whack of stuff from the impulse aisle: stuff that some optimistic entrepreneur had made an unsuccessful bet on, sold off to a jobber, who then split it into lots that were sold on to import/export places that eventually dumped it into Fry's: black-and-white digital cameras without a viewfinder (I called it the "point-and-pray"); stuffed bootleg Windows 2000 logo plushies; digital walkie-talkies that looked like the Incredible Hulk.
This generates names of Defunct Computer Companies That You're Sure You Can Remember From the 19A0s
When the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001, it erased many of the vital checks and balances that stood between the American people and their government. As Bush supporters cheered the unprecedented power that their people in Washington now held, the civil liberties world warned them: "Your president has just fashioned a weapon that will be wielded by all who come after him."
Last week, the National Coalition Against Censorship
honored Rainbow Rowell for her refusal to be back down
on the frequent challenges to her multiple-award-winning, bestselling 2013 novel Eleanor & Park
. I was there, and got a copy of the novel, and have read nothing since, and now that I've finished it, I find myself profoundly moved.
Banned Books Week has come and gone but we can be sure of one thing: the coming year will be marked by challenges to the same kinds of books that were controversial this year, and in years past.
An excerpt from The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy
, by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, coming this Friday from MIT Press.
Scott Urban's new Reflectacles glasses are Ray Ban-style frames that are embedded with the kind of retroreflective cat-eye materials used for highway markers, making them reflective at 500 yards at night, and nearly that visible by day. He's kickstarting them at an astoundingly cheap $85/pair, in seven colors.
The results of our survey are in. This year's list of the most loved and hated Halloween treats has a surprise in store!
is Nisi Shawl's debut novel, it's also been a hotly anticipated book for years, as Shawl is the co-author of Writing the Other
, a seminal book about diversity in prose; and is a much-respected critic and teacher. The book was worth the wait.
With so many costumes adorning this election season, you might think the Halloween get-ups are overkill. Think again, because David Ng
and B.R. Cohen
are here to present the official universal survey about your candy favorites for the 2016 hierarchical delineation of candy virtue.
Laurie Penny's first science fiction book, Everything Belongs to the Future
, is available to the public as of today: if you've followed her work
, you're probably expecting something scathing, feminist, woke, and smart as hell, and you won't be disappointed -- but you're going to get a lot more, besides.