Starred Review

Press Start to Play

by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams, editors

Edited by Daniel Wilson, roboticist and author of Amped, and John Joseph Adams, series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Press Start to Play is a thrilling, engaging collection of brilliant and thoughtful short fiction about playing, designing and living within video games. Only the amazing roster of contributors matches the anthology's thematic breadth.

Game designer Rhianna Pratchett's "Creation Screen" presents a main character in a role-playing game who wonders why she must endure pain,

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Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

by Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore (Between Panic and Desire), the editor of Brevity, solicited respected contemporary essayists for questions regarding the form, so he could answer them in Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals. An essay riffing on the question at hand accompanies each q&a. The resulting collection of self-deprecating humor includes bits of writing advice as a bonus.

Cheryl Strayed has concerns about her predilection for the em dash: Moore assures her that "em

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by Alex Gino

Alex Gino, in a timely and deeply thoughtful debut novel, explores what life is like for 10-year-old George. The gender George was assigned at birth doesn't reflect who she knows herself to be: "Melissa was the name she called herself in the mirror when no one was watching."

For George, it feels that there's an impenetrable divide between how she sees herself and how the world views her. Gino makes this distinction easy for young readers to follow: when George is perceived by others, they refer to George as

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Chasing the Phoenix

by Michael Swanwick

A quick-witted con artist and his intelligent dog-warrior sidekick scheme to provide a blueprint for peace and fortune in a future China at war with itself.

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Bright Lines

by Tanwi Nandini Islam

A father struggles to reconcile his memories of the 1971 war in Bangladesh while raising two precocious teenagers in Brooklyn.

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Media Heat

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781451692228).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Allison Green, author of The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan's America (Ooligan Press, $15.95, 9781932010770).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Diane Rehm: readers review Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On a repeat of Fresh Air: Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, author of The Whites (Holt, $28, 9780805093995).

Monday, August 24, 2015

On a repeat of Fresh Air: Toni Morrison, author of God Help the Child: A Novel (Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Fresh Air: John Markoff, author of Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots (Ecco, $26.99, 9780062266682).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Louisa Hall, author of Speak: A Novel (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062391193).

On Diane Rehm: David Orr, author of The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong (Penguin Press, $25.95, 9781594205835).
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