The Employees, by Olga Ravn

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The objects found on the planet New Discovery are at once fleshily repellent and strangely magnetic, and they are driving those aboard the Six-Thousand Ship slowly insane. Told in darkly funny and sometimes dreamlike statements from the fracturing crew, The Employees melds outer space psychological horror with perceptive commentary on the future of work. Like all great speculative fiction, Ravn's narrative asks us to consider what it is to be human and demonstrates what we might lose in the process of definition.

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By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811231350
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Published: New Directions - February 1st, 2022

Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr

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If you are a young person who feels as if they are living at the end of things or a not-so-young person wondering about the world you will leave behind: read this book. Doerr expertly weaves together five perspectives linked by a fantastical ancient Greek text, each of his protagonists finding new meaning in the story of a young man searching for a utopia in the sky. The characters almost seem to reach out to each other from across time and space, binding together 15th-century Constantinople, a town in present-day Idaho under siege from developers, and a lonely girl on the interstellar ship Argos. Themes of environmental and historical disaster dominate the narrative but don't drag it under, leaving the reader with an oddly hopeful message: yes, this is the end of everything, and yes, there will be more ends to come.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

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Mary Doria Russell is an anthropologist by profession and her academic background shows in her brilliant first novel, which sends a Jesuit mission to space in search of the source of haunting musical broadcasts from the Alpha Centauri system. Starting after the rescue of Emilio Sandoz— priest, linguist, and lone survivor of the expedition—the unfolding horror of what happens to the mission is at all times present in the narrative but contrasts with the heartbreaking beauty of the relationships formed between the explorers on the alien world of Rakhat. Russell gracefully balances questions of faith, love, and family with a speculative premise of awful and magnificent scope.

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ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

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