Singer Distance – Ethan Chatagnier
Having self-elected into the contact genre, Chatagnier redirects Singer Distance away from the alien essence of this story form, suggesting that earthly issues more deserve our attention.
In the Black Fantastic – ed. Ekow Eshun
Even surging past the final frontier, the Black fantastic remains aware of the constraints it aims to explode.
When We Cease to Understand the World – Benjamín Labatut
Labatut’s novel is a stunning book about epistemic breaks – about sudden ideas that shatter across an age.
A detective story that ends with “[NO END]” may scarcely be called a detective story.
Terra Nullius – Claire G. Coleman
It should come as no surprise that Coleman, an Australian Aboriginal author of the South Coast Noongar people, is particularly poised to enliven the tropes of the science fiction contact genre.
An Untouched House – Willem Frederik Hermans
The square book fits easily into a jacket pocket, but the ninety-nine pages of narrative are so explosive as to make one feel like you’re smuggling a weapon.