The absurdly large book challenge of 2023

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (or, very often, arithmetic), but last night I started reading Mariana Enriquez’s Our Share of Night (2022), which so far is pretty good (not yet clear if I’ll want to keep it) but also a really awkward size and shape (233mm x 158mm x 52mm and 0.7kg in paperback).

Now, I like big books, I cannot lie, but what I can’t abide is unnecessarily large volumes. There is no physical reason why Our Share of Night could not have been published as an A-format paperback, rather than this ridiculously-dimensioned trade paperback.

Which reminded me of all the book-packing and lugging involved in moving house last year (150 boxes in the 20 litre range), and how much space in those boxes is taken up by ginormous books I want to read but probably don’t want to keep. So it’s time to bring some order to my life/box-stacks and challenge myself to plough through one of these unnecessarily humungous tomes per month this year – and then probably pass it on to a friend an enemy or to the only charity shop within staggering distance (although, obviously, with these behemoths I would prefer one that represented a cause of which I do not wholly approve).

Thus in addition to combining reading with an upper-body and core strength workout and the possibility of petty revenge, by December I will have succeeded in disposing not only of 12.427kg or (I think) 33908.807cm3 of books but also any sense of joy reading them might otherwise entail.

N.B. I haven’t yet decided which one I’ll read in which month because what I really need now is an accurate word-count for each book so as to figure out the most efficient order in which to read them  – i.e., the one that most speedily clears some goddam room in this house.

My top 22 books of 2022

In 2022, I read 258 books (250 of them for the first time). Of these, 114 were by straight white men writing in English, 127 were by the rest of the world (but only 71 by women), with 19 multi-authored or otherwise too complicated to fit into those categories.

Of them, my favourite 18 works of fiction, in roughly this order but with the Delany definitely way out in front of everything else, were:
Samuel R. Delany, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2011)
Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982)
Nelson Algren, The Neon Wilderness (1947)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Tram 83 (2014)
Max Porter, Lanny (2019)
Rivers Solomon, Sorrowland (2021)
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, The Time Regulation Institute (1962)
Olympe Bhêly-Quénum, Snares without End (1978)
Brooke Bolander, The Only Harmless Great Thing (2018)
Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman (2013)
Richard Powers, Bewilderment (2021)
Gretchen Felker-Martin, Manhunt (2022)
M.E. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi, Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune 2052–2072 (2022)
Gabino Iglesias, The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (2014)
Ruthanna Emrys, A Half-Built Garden (2022)
Lee Maracle, Celia’s Song (2014)
Kathleen Ann Goonan, In War Times (2007)

And my favourite 4 works of non-fiction, in roughly this order, were:
Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism (2021)
Yasmin El-Rifae, Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution (2022)
China Miéville, A Spectre, Haunting: On The Communist Manifesto (2022)
Robert T. Tally, Jr., For a Ruthless Critique of All that Exists: Literature in an Age of Capitalist Realism (2022)

The full list of 258 is below:
Brian W. Aldiss, Greybeard (1964)
Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues (1995)
Nelson Algren, The Neon Wilderness (1947)
Tariq Ali, Winston Churchill: His Times, His Crimes (2022)
Charlie Jane Anders, Victories Greater Than Death (2021)
Jake Arnott, He Kills Coppers (2001)
Catherine Asaro, Spherical Harmonic (2001)
Madeline Ashby, Company Town (2016)
Mike Ashley, ed., The Platform Edge: Uncanny Tales of the Railways (2019)
Edward Ashton, Mickey7 (2022)
Paul Auster, Travels in the Scriptorium (2006)
–. Man in the Dark (2008)
–. Invisible (2009)
–. Sunset Park (2010)
Richard Ayoade, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (2014)

Samit Basu, The City Inside (2020)
Stephen Baxter, Ring (1994)
Elizabeth Bear, Ancestral Nights (2019)
Virginia Bergin, Who Runs the World? (2017)
Adele Bertei, Why Labelle Matters (2021)
Lauren Beukes, Afterland (2020)
Khavita Bhanot, ed., Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (2011)
Olympe Bhêly-Quénum, Snares without End (1978)
Brian Bilston, Diary of a Somebody (2019)
Lawrence Block, The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes (2015)
Brooke Bolander, The Only Harmless Great Thing (2018)
Guy Boothby, A Bid for Fortune (1895)
–. Dr Nikola (1896)
David Bowles, The Smoking Mirror (2015)
Gracie Mae Bradley and Luke de Noronha, Against Borders: The Case for Abolition (2022)
Benjamin Bratton, The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World (2021)
Will Brooker, Using the Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans (2002)
Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (2020)
Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland (1798)
–. Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist (1803)
Fredric Brown, What Mad Universe (1949)
–. The Lights in the Sky are Stars (1953)
–. Martians, Go Home (1955)
–. Rogue in Space (1957)
–. The Mind Thing (1961)
Jayna Brown, Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (2021)
Jenny Brown, Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now (2022)
William Brown, Non-Cinema: Global Digital Film-making and the Multitude (2018)
Joseph Bruchac, Killer of Enemies (2013)
John Buchan, Prester John (1910)
Samuel Butler, Erewhon: or, Over the Range (1872)

Alex Callinicos, Trotskyism (1990)
Bill Campbell, Koontown Killing Kaper (2012)
M.R. Carey, The Girl with all the Gifts (2014)
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
B. Catling, Earwig (2019)
David Caute, Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (2022)
Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World (1666)
J.C. Cervantes, The Storm Runner (2018)
James Chapman, Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present (2003)
Elliott Chaze, Black Wings Has My Angel (1953)
Vivek Chibber, Confronting Capitalism: How the World Works and How to Change It (2022)
René Clair, Reflections on the Cinema (1953)
Wilkie Collins, The Frozen Deep (1874)
Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate (1959)
Thomas Cripps, Hollywood’s High Noon: Moviemaking and Society Before Television (1997)

Jack Dann, Terrorism (2013)
Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1990)
Samuel R. Delany, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2011)
James De Mille, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888)
Kay Dick, They (1977)
Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint (1959)
Joël Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2012)
Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003)
–. Little Brother (2008)
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (2014)
Jean-Claude Dunyach, The Thieves of Silence (2009)

Oliver Eagleton, The Starmer Project: A Journey to the Right (2022)
Greg Egan, Axiomatic (1995)
–. Luminous (1998)
Yasmin El-Rifae, Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution (2022)
Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater (2018)
Ruthanna Emrys, A Half-Built Garden (2022)
Steven Erikson, Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart (2018)

D.O. Fagunwa, Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter’s Saga (1939)
Lee Falk and Ray Moore, The Phantom, the complete newspaper dailies: volume one 1936–1937 (1936–37)
Gretchen Felker-Martin, Manhunt (2022)
George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman (1969)
Robert Fraser, Victorian Quest Romance: Stevenson, Haggard, Kipling and Conan Doyle (1998)

David Gaffney, Out of the Dark (2022)
Basma Ghalayini, ed., Palestine + 100 (2019)
Kristen Ghodsee, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women (2022)
John Gibbs, Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation (2002)
David Gillespie, Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda (2000)
Inez Haynes Gilmore, Angel Island (1914)
Saverio Giovacchini, Hollywood Modernism: Film and Politics in the Age of the New Deal (2001)
Jennifer Givhan, Trinity Sight (2019)
Basil Glynn, The Mummy on Screen: Orientalism and Monstrosity in Horror Cinema (2021)
Francis Godwin, The Man in the Moone (1638)
Kathleen Ann Goonan, In War Times (2007)
Vivian Gornick, Taking a Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature, and Feminism in Our Time (2021)
Alex Grecian, The Yard (2012)
Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter (1948)

Blake M. Hausman, Riding the Trail of Tears (2011)
Joel Hawkes, Alex Christie and Thomas Nienhuis, American Science Fiction Television and Space: Productions and (Re)configurations, 1987–2021 (2022)
Nathalie Henneberg, The Green Gods (2010)
Matt Hills, Fan Cultures (2002)
Ernest Hogan, Smoking Mirror Blues (2001)
Stark Holborn, Ten Low (2021)
Michel Houellebecq, Atomised (1999)
Robert E. Howard, El Borak and Other Desert Adventures (2010)

Gabino Iglesias, The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
Rachel Ingalls, Mrs Caliban (1982)
Simon Ings, Wolves (2014)

Kevin Jackson, Constellation of Genius – 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz (2012)
Fredric Jameson, Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality (2016)
Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982)
N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell, Far Sector (2020–21)
Hao Jingfang, Vagabonds (2016)
Kij Johnson, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (2016)
Mat Johnson, Pym (2011)

Richard Kadrey, The Grand Dark (2019)
Matthew Kaopio, Written in the Sky (2005)
John Kessel, The Moon and the Other (2017)
Hari Kunzru, Red Pill (2020)
Ambelin Kwaymullina, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (2014)

Christopher Landon, Ice Cold in Alex (1957)
Joe R. Lansdale, Lost Echoes (2007)
–. Rusty Puppy (2017)
Matthew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown (2021)
Alain le Drimeur, The Future City (1890)
Chang-Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea (2014)
Stan Lee, et al, Marvel Essential: The Fantastic Four, volume one (1961–64)
Stan Lee, et al, Marvel Essential: The Sub-Mariner, volume one (1965–68)
Stan Lee, et al., Marvel Essential: Avengers, volume two (1966–67)
Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller, Bad Gays: A Homosexual History (2022)
Fritz Leiber, Gather, Darkness! (1943)
Doris Lessing, Shikasta (1979)
–. The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980)
–. The Sirian Experiments (1980)
–. The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982)
–. The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983)
Kelly Link, Get In Trouble (2015)
Darcie Little Badger, Elatsoe (2020)
John Litweiler, Ornette Coleman: The Harmolodic Life (1992)
M.J. Locke, Up Against It (2011)
Mark Lynas, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007)

Paul J. McAuley, Eternal Light (1991)
–. A Very British History: The Best Science Fiction Stories of Paul McAuley, 1985– 2011 (2013)
Mike McCormack, Notes from a Coma (2005)
Laura Jean McKay, The Animals in That Country (2020)
Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism (2021)
Barry N. Malzberg (as K.M. O’Donnell), Gather in the Hall of Planets (1971)
–. In the Pocket and Other S-F Stories (1971)
Lee Maracle, Celia’s Song (2014)
Elan Mastai, All Our Wrong Tomorrows (2016)
Lary May, The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way (2000)
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy (1913)
China Miéville, A Spectre, Haunting: On The Communist Manifesto (2022)
Sam J. Miller, Blackfish City (2018)
Denise Mina, The Red Road (2013)
David Mitchell,  Slade House (2015)
Alejandro Morales, The Rag Doll Plagues (1992)
Joanne Morreale, The Outer Limits (2022)
Bill Morris, Motor City Burning (2014)
Walter Mosley, The Right Mistake (2008)
Chantal Mouffe, Towards a Green Democratic Revolution: Left Populism and the Power of Affects (2022)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Tram 83 (2014)
Howard L. Myers, The Creatures of Man (2003)

Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading (1935)
Kim Newman, The Quorum…and Other Stories (1994/2013)
Jeff Noon, Falling Out of Cars (2002)

M.E. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi, Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune 2052–2072 (2022)
Vladimir Obruchev, Sannikov Land (1926)
Nnedi Okorafor, Noor (2021)
Chad Oliver, The Shores of Another Sea (1971)

Michelle Paver, Dark Matter (2010)
Victor Pelevin, S.N.U.F.F.: A Utopia (2011)
Robert G. Penner, ed., Big Echo Anthology (2021)
Alexander Pierce and Mimi Mondal, eds., Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017)
Max Porter, Lanny (2019)
Richard Powers, Bewilderment (2021)
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth (2012)
Douglas Pye, Movies and Tone (2007)

Chen Quifan, Waste Tide (2013)
Daniel Quinn, Ishmael (1992)

Robert B. Ray, How a Film Theory Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural Studies (2001)
The Red Nation, The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save the Earth (2021)
Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo (1972)
John Rieder, Speculative Epistemologies: An Eccentric Account of SF from the 1960s to the Present (2021)
Dylan Riley, Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present (2022)
Rebecca Roanhorse, Black Sun (2020)
Adam Roberts, The Thing Itself (2015)
David Roberts, Andrew Milner and Peter Murphy, Science Fiction and Narrative Form (2023?)
Keith Roberts, The Lordly Ones (1986)
Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman (2013)
Sam Rohdie, Montage (2006)
J.H. Rosny-Aîné, Quest for Fire (1911)
Kristin Ross, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (2015)
Victor Rousseau, The Messiah of the Cylinder (1917)
Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow (1996)

William Sanders, Journey to Fusang (1988)
Robert J. Sawyer, End of an Era (1994)
Joshua Schuster and Derek Woods, eds, Calamity Theory: Three Critiques of Existential Risk (2021)
Richard Seymour, The Disenchanted Earth: Reflections on Ecosocialism and Barbarism (2022)
Stephen Shapiro and Mark Storey, The Cambridge Companion to American Horror (2022)
Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures (2020)
Lucius Shepard, Kalimantan (1990)
Robert Silverberg, Downward to the Earth (1970)
Clifford D. Simak, Time and Again (1951)
Vandana Singh, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories (2018)
Olga Slavnikova, 2017 (2006)
Iain Robert Smith, The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Adaptations in World Cinema (2017)
Martin Cruz Smith, The Girl from Venice (2017)
Rivers Solomon, Sorrowland (2021)
Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock (2021)
Francis Stevens, The Citadel of Fear (1918)
Alfredo Suppia, Southerly Short Circuits: The Brazilian Science Fiction Film (2024)
Christina Sweeney-Baird, The End of Men (2021)
E.J. Swift, The Coral Bones (2022)

Wole Talabi, ed., Africanfuturism: An Anthology (2020)
Robert T. Tally, Jr., For a Ruthless Critique of All that Exists: Literature in an Age of Capitalist Realism (2022)
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, The Time Regulation Institute (1962)
Ben Tarnoff, Internet for the People: The Fight for Our Digital Future (2022)
Roy Thomas, et al., Marvel Essential: Avengers, volume three (1967–68)
Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Perez et al, Marvel Essential Fantastic Four, volume 8 (1975–77)
Amy Thomson, The Color of Distance (1995)
Tade Thompson, Far From the Light of Heaven (2021)
Tatyana Tolstaya, The Slynx (2003)
Karen Traviss, City of Pearl (2004)
Tlotlo Tsamaase, The Silence of the Wilting Skin (2020)
Yasutaka Tsutsui, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (1967)
Cadwell Turnbull, The Lesson (2019)
Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)

Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Governing the World without World Government (2022)

Tomás Vergara, Estranging History: Alterity and Capialism in Speculative Fiction (2024)
Gerald Vizenor, Darkness in St Louis Bearheart (1978)
Antoine Volodine, Radiant Terminus (2014)

Isabel Waidner, Sterling Karat Gold (2021)
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)
Rosie Warren, ed., Salvage 11: Already, Not Yet (2022)
–. Salvage 12: A Ceaseless Storm (2022)
Harry Warwick, The Aesthetics of Enclosure: Dystopia and Dispossession in the Hollywood Science Fiction Film, 1979–1917 (2022?)
Ian Watson, Evil Water and Other Stories (1987)
Franz Wedekind, Mine-Haha or, On the Bodily Education of Young Girls (1903)
Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary (2021)
Martha Wells, All Systems Red (2017)
–. Artificial Condition (2018)
–. Rogue Protocol (2018)
–. Exit Strategy (2018)
–. Network Effect (2020)
–. Fugitive Telemetry (2021)
Ian Whates, ed., Stories of Hope and Wonder: In Support of the UK’s Health Workers (2020)
Aliya Whiteley, Skyward Inn (2021)
Jack Williamson, The Legion of Time (1938/52)
Connie Willis, Blackout (2010)
–. All Clear (2010)
Don Winslow, The Force (2017)
Herman Wouk, The ‘Caine’ Mutiny (1951) – can’t believe I finally read my old A-format paperback of this, which has travelled tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of miles in my luggage as my emergency small-big book
Lawrence Wright, The End of October (2020)

Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown (2020)

Rachel Zadok, Sister-Sister (2013)
Chen Zo, Black Water Sister (2021)

David Gaffney, Out of the Dark (2022)

Thanks to a mutual friend (also called David), David Gaffney sent me a copy of his new novel about a traumatised man obsessed with an obscure British film noir.

Set primarily in the Midlands of the 1980s, Out of the Dark falls somewhere in the terrain triangulated by Mike Hodges’s Get Carter (1971), Chris Petit’s Radio On (1979) and Andrea Arnold’s Red Road (2006).

It is also under the influence of JG Ballard. But its motorways are not London’s near-future-but-never-happened orbitals, nor are its high-rises desublimating enclaves of bourgeois acquisitiveness and hierarchical obsession. Rather, it all takes place in actually-existing concrete landscapes of marginalisation, disconnection and dereliction –  ‘neither in Walsall nor West Bromwich’ and thus ‘equally inconvenient’ in all directions. And it is rather more grungily quotidian and irreal-adjacent than anything in Ballard – closer, perhaps, to M. John Harrison or Ramsey Campbell.

And while the story it tells is full of twists and turns, genre-playfulness and sharp observations – as is the story within the story – what I loved most about Out of the Dark is something much more personal. I was born in Staffordshire, in a small-now-swallowed-in-the-conurbation Staffordshire village, but all my family were from Birmingham, from the Perry Barr/Perry Beeches parts of Great Barr, with outliers in Handsworth and West Bromwich; and behind my paternal grandparents mid-terrace two-up/two-down (with an outside loo), on the far side of the allotments onto which the garden backed, was an aerial stretch of the M6. And although we moved down to Devon when I was four years old, there is something ineffable about the litany of place names threaded through the novel: in chapter five alone, Perry Barr, Great Barr, Sarehole Mill, Kings Heath, Cotteridge, the impossibly distant Worcester, Bourneville, Harborne, Dudley Road, Perry Barr Island, Aston Lane, Swan Island, Billesley, Walsall…

And if this is nostalgia, it is not inappropriate for a novel enamoured of noir – especially when, for me, it is so oneiric and bittersweet.

Random relevant covid-19 reading: Graham Green and Henry Kuttner (and CL Moore)

A couple of short old novels randomly plucked from boxes where they’ve languished unread for decades suddenly have things to say about social distancing, contact and the legacy of these pandemic times.

From Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair (1951): end of the affair

She stood up abruptly and said, ‘Let’s go,’ and was suddenly taken with a fit of coughing. It seemed to big a cough for her small bdy: her forehead sweated with its expulsion. […] I moved towards her […]. ‘Sarah,’ I said. She turned her head sharply away, as though she were looking to see if anyone were coming, to see if there was time . . . but when she turned again the cough took her. She doubled up in the doorway and coughed and coughed. Her eyes were red with it. In her fur coat she looked like a small animal cornered.
‘I’m sorry.’
I said with bitterness, as though I had been robbed of something, ‘That needs attending to.’
‘It’s only a cough.’ She held her hand out and said ‘Good-bye – Maurice.’ The name was like an insult. I said ‘Good-bye’, but didn’t take her hand.

furySome 700 years later, on human-colonised Venus, in Henry Kuttner’s Fury (1950, co-written with uncredited CL Moore):

He clasped his hands before him and bowed slightly in the semi-oriental gesture of greeting that had for so long replaced the handshake.


A question about Knausgaard

51TfzLcO3BL._AC_SY400_ML2_So in the middle section of The End, the sixth and final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, are we supposed to notice all the parallels between Hitler’s youth and his own early years, even though he never draws explicit attention to them, and thus be grateful he is merely making hilariously lofty claims for the significance of his work by subjecting us to 450 interminable pages of poorly argued and banal literary-philosophical-historical-aesthetic-theological exegesis, rather than, say, invading Poland or committing genocide?

Asking for a friend.

My top 23 (or 34) books of 2019

01Evaristo2-superJumboOf the 260 books I read this year (245 for the first time), these are my top 23 (or 34, depending on how you count them)

Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (2019)
Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt trilogy (1984–89)
Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (2019)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)
Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014)
Marlon James, The Book of Night Women (2009)
Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (2018)
Paul Auster, 4321 (2017)
Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace (2000)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels (2016)
Francis Spufford, Red Plenty (2010)
Chester Himes, The Third Generation (1954)
Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu (2018)
Wu Ming, Altai (2009)

Richard McGuire, Here (2014)
Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, volume one (2017)
Yeon-Sik Hong, Uncomfortably Happily (2012)
Laura Redniss, Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2011)
G. Willow Wilson, et al, Ms. Marvel, volumes 1–10 (2013–15)
Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä and Jason Wordie, Abbott (2018)

Critical works
Jennifer Fay, Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018)
Mark Fisher, k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004–2016) (2018)
Philip Mirowski and Dieter Plehwe, eds, The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (2015

The full list of titles is below, but first the stats:
all of the world except 112… (but only 47 women)
…straight white men writing in English 82
multi-authored or otherwise don’t fit 66

The full 260
Basma Abdel Aziz, The Queue (2013)
Dan Abnet, Andy Lanning et al, Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy (2008)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings, Book 1 (2009)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings, Book 2 (2009)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: Realm of Kings (2010)
Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä and Jason Wordie, Abbott (2018)
Naomi Alderman, The Power (2016)
Martin Amis, Night Train (1997)
Steven Amsterdam, Things We Didn’t See Coming (2009)
Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the Night (2019)
Edward Anderson, Thieves Like Us (1937)
Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves (1972
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)
–. Northanger Abbey (1818)
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009)
Paul Auster, 4321 (2017)

Paolo Pacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell, The Tangled Lands (2018)
Aimee Bahng, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (2018)
James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk (1974)
James Baldwin and Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
JG Ballard, The Drowned World (1962)
Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman, The Afghan Vampires Book Club (2015)
Aaron Bastani, Fully Automated Luxury Communism (2019)
Samit Basu, Turbulence (2012)
–. Resistance (2014)
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility (2017)
Sebastian Berger, The Social Costs of Neoliberalism: Essays on the Economics of K. William Kapp (2017)
Hassan Blasim, The Madman of Freedom Square (2009)
Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 3: Terminus (2016)
Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us (2013)
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006)
Eric Brown, Penumbra (1999)
Ken Bruen, Purgatory (2013)
Kenneth Bulmer, ed., New Writing in SF 29 (1976)
Daisy Butcher, ed., Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic (2019)
Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)

Pedro Cabiya, Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel (2016)
Bill Campbell, David Brame and Damian Duffy, Baaaaad Muthaz, volume one (2019)
Ramsey Campbell, The Influence (1988)
–. Obsession (1985)
John Carnell, ed., New Writings in SF 3 (1964)
–. New Writings in SF 4 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 5 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 6 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 7 (1966)
Arthur C. Clarke, The Deep Range (1957)
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (2015)
Stanley Cohen, States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering (2001)
Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883)
James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn (2014)
–. Nemesis Games (2015)
Clive and Dirk Cussler, Arctic Drift (2008)

Didier Daeninckx, Murder in Memoriam (1984)
William Davies, ed., Economic Science Fictions (2018)
Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay and Ian Herring, Luke Cage: Everyman (2018)
Damian Duffy and John Jennings, Octavia Butler’s Kindred (2017)
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844)

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (2018)
George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-72)
Erle C. Ellis, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction (2018)
Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (2019)
Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Tie War (2019)
Frederik Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1880)
Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (2019)

Michel Fabre and Robert F Skinner, eds, Conversations with Chester Himes (1995)
Brian Fagan, The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels (2013)
Christa Faust, Gary Phillips and Andrea Camerini, Peepland (2017)
Jennifer Fay, Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018)
Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, volume one (2017)
Mark Fisher, k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004–2016) (2018)
–. The Weird and the Eerie (2016)
Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon, 1636: The Vatican Sanction (2017)
Eric Flint and Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels (2017)
Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett, The Alexander Inheritance (2017)
Philip S. Foner and Alexis Buss, eds, The Letters of Joe Hill (2015)
Seshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Carl Freedman, ed., Conversations with Isaac Asimov (2005)
–., ed., Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin (2008)
Max Frisch, Man in the Holocene (1979)

Jostein Gaarder, The World According to Anna (2013)
Maggie Gee, The Flood (2004)
Steve Gerber et al., The Man-Thing: The Complete Collection, volume 1 (1970–74)
–. The Man-Thing: The Complete Collection, volume 2 (1974)
Amitav Ghosh, The Circle of Reason (1986)
–. The Calcutta Chromosome (1996)
–. The Glass Palace (2000)
–. The Hungry Tide (2004)
–. Sea of Poppies (2008)
–. River of Smoke (2011)
–. Flood of Fire (2015)
–. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
–. Gun Island (2019)
Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra, eds, Cli-Fi: A Companion (2019)
Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty (2014)
Boris Groys, ed., Russian Cosmism (2018)

Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution (1999)
Arthur Herzog, Heat (1977)
Elina Hirvonen, When Time Runs Out (2015)
Jack Halberstam, Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (2018)
Clive Hamilton, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change (2010)
Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2015)
Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders (1877)
Aleksander Hemon, The Making of Zombie Wars (2015)
Chester Himes, The Third Generation (1954)
Philip Hoare, Leviathan or, The Whale (2008)
Mike Hodges, Bait, Grist and Security (2018)
Yeon-Sik Hong, Uncomfortably Happily (2012)
Saad Z. Hossain, Escape from Baghdad! (2012)

Rita Indiana, Tentacle (2015)
Simon Ings, The Weight of Numbers (2006)
Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water (2012)

Marlon James, The Book of Night Women (2009)
Daisy Johnson, Fen (2016)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels (2016)

William Melvin Kelley, A Different Drummer (1962)
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Red Tree (2009)
Paul Kingsnorth, Beast (2016)
–. Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist (2017)
–. One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement (2003)
–. Real England: The Battle Against the Bland (2008)
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behaviour (2012)
Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal, Robot… (2011)
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle 1: A Death in the Family (2009)
–. My Struggle 2: A Man in Love (2009)
–. My Struggle 3: Boyhood Island (2010)
–. My Struggle 4: Dancing in the Dark (2010)
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013)
Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars (2018)

Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu (2018)
Joe R. Lansdale, The Elephant in the Room (2019)
Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime (2017)
Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, eds, The People’s Future of the United States (2019)
Ann Leckie, Provenance (2017)
Dennis Lee, Civil Elegies and Other Poems (1972)
Benjamin LeGrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers (1999–2000)
Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 1: The Escape (1982)
Jeff Loveness and Brian Kessinger, Groot (2015)
Roger Luckhurst, Alien (2014)

Gregory McDonald, Snatched (1980)
–. Safekeeping (1985)
Richard McGuire, Here (2014)
Kristi McKim, Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change (2013)
Pierre Macherey, A Theory of Literary Production (1966)
Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure (2018)
Ken MacLeod, Newton’s Wake (2004)
Nick Mamatas, I Am Providence (2016)
Bill Mantlo, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al., Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Complete Collection (1959–2013)
James Vance Marshall, Walkabout (1959)
Richard Matheson, Someone is Bleeding (1953)
–. Fury on Sunday (1953)
–. Ride the Nightmare (1959)
Farah Mendlesohn, The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (2019)
Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor, eds, Anthropocene Readings: Literary History in Geologic Times (2017)
Jim Miller, Flash: A Novel (2010)
Wu Ming, Altai (2009)
Philip Mirowski and Dieter Plehwe, eds, The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (2015)
Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present (2017)
Rosa Montero, Tears in Rain (2011)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book one (1983–84)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book two (1984–85)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book three (1985)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette, John Totleben and Stan Woch, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book four (1985–86)
Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben and Alfredo Alcala, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book five (1986–87)
Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben and Alfredo Alcala, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book six (1987)
Jason W. Moore, ed., Anthropocene or Capitalocene?Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (2016)
James Morrow, The Asylum of Dr Caligari (2017)
Oli Mould, Against Creativity (2018)
Fiona Mozley, Elmet (2017)
Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt (1984)
–. The Trench (1986)
–. Variations on Night and Day (1989)
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes (1993)

Fred Nadis, The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey (2013)
Kim Newman, An English Ghost Story (2014)

Craig Oldham, ed., They Live (2018)

Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011)
Adrian Parr, The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change (2013)
Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (2018)
Jamie Peck, Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (2010)
Petrocultures Research Group, After Oil (2016)
Leigh Phillips, Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress, Industry and Stuff (2014)
Leigh Phillips and Michael Rozwarski, People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism (2019)
Karen Pinkus, Fuel: A Speculative Dictionary (2016)
J Posadas, Flying Saucers, the Process of Matter and Energy, Science, the Revolutionary and Working-Class Struggle and the Socialist Future of Mankind (1968)
Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014)
Vijay Prashed, Red Star Over the Third World (2019)
Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schienbinger, eds, Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (2008)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)

Chen Qiufan, Waste Tide (2013)

Laura Redniss, Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2011)
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997)
–. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017)
Nicholas Royle, The Uncanny (2003)

Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need Is Kill (2004)
George Saunders, Fox 8 (2013)
–. Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)
James C. Scott, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest State (2017)
Michel Serres, Malfeasance: Appropriation through Pollution (2008)
Andrew Shaffer (with Fin Shepard and April Wexler), How to Survive a Sharknado and other Unnatural Disasters (2014)
Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (1976)
–. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (1976)
Ali Shaw, The Trees (2016)
Sue Short, Darkness Calls: A Critical Investigation of Neo-Noir (2019)
Georges Simenon, The Stain on the Snow (1948)
–. Maigret and the Dead Girl (1954)
Upton Sinclair, The Flivver King (1937)
Johanna Sinisalo, The Blood of Angels (2011)
Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar (2004)
Quinn Slobodian, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)
Ben Smith, Doggerland (2019)
Scott Smith, The Ruins (2006)
Zadie Smith, Swing Time (2016)
Francis Spufford, Red Plenty (2010)
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (2017)

J.P. Telotte, Animating the Science Fiction Imagination (2018)
Rupert Thomson, Divided Kingdom (2005)
Tade Thompson, The Rosewater Insurrection (2019)
Lavie Tidhar, The Vanishing Kind (2018)
Samo Tomšič, The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan (2015)
Duncan Tonatiuh, Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight (2018)
Ilija Trojanow, The Lamentations of Zeno (2011)
Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt, eds, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghost and Monsters (2017)
Antti Tuomainen, The Healer (2010)

John Updike, Rabbit, Run (1960)

Catherynne M. Valente, The Refrigerator Monologues (2017)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (2011)
Jules Verne, Backwards to Britain (1989)
–. Robur the Conqueror (1886)
Sherryl Vint, Science Fiction: The Essential Knowledge (2020)
William T. Vollmann, No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies (2018)

Howard Waldrop, Horse of a Different Color: Stories (2013)
David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna and Marcio Menyz, Luke Cage: Caged! (2018)
Edgar Wallace, The Green Rust (1919)
Rosie Warren, ed., Salvage 7: Towards the Proletarocene (2019)
Mike Wayne, Marxism Goes to the Movies (2020)
Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, Nestor Redondo, The Bronze Age Swamp Thing, volume one (1973–74)
Andy Weir, Artemis (2017)
Harald Welzer, Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century (2008)
Tommy Wieringa, These Are the Names (2012)
G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King (2019)
G. Willow Wilson, et al, Ms. Marvel, volume one: No Normal (2013–14)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume two: Generation Why (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume three; Crushed (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume four: Last Days (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume five: Super Famous (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume six: Civil War II (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume seven: Damage Per Second (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume eight: Mecca (2015)
Ariel S. Winter, The Twenty-Year Death: Malniveau Prison (2014)
–. The Twenty-Year Death: The Falling Star (2014)
–. The Twenty-Year Death: Police at the Funeral (2014)
Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World (2015)
Matthew J Wolf-Meyer, Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology (2019)

George M Young, The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers (2012)
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan (2017)
Kathryn Yusoff, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (2018)

Jan Zalasiewicz, The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? (2008)
Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (2018)

Some unexpected praise for Martin Amis

51E21ChU8mL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I am no fan of Martin Amis, but kudos for the truly incredible piece of confessional writing that is his 2011 intro to Ballard’s THE DROWNED WORLD, which goes: I don’t understand sf, I don’t understand Ballard, I don’t understand this novel, I don’t understand climate science, I don’t understand DeLillo (but I do have a crush on him), I don’t understand introductions, and I’m less than 100% on the placement of commas, but I do understand I get paid the same if I pad this out with long quotes, and I do understand spoilers – and to prove it I’ll end with a really big one:

The Tower of Babel: a guide for wall-builders, border-champions and their ilk

91blanq0xbl“You must know that the houses of Constantinople were built by mixed teams of workers. The reason is clear to see. Turkish carpenters are very good at working and sawing wood, but they can’t carve stone. And a house without a stone foundation is an unstable house. That’s why we turn to Armenian, Greek, and Arab stonecutters. So some of the people dig the foundation: the others build the upper stories and the roof. … Of course, you know the Bible story of the Tower of Babel. Well, many people think the Lord scattered the tongues of men to punish them, but it’s exactly the opposite. He saw that uniformity made them proud, dedicated to enterprises as excessive as they were useless. Then he realized that humanity needed a corrective ad he made us the gift of differences. So the masons, of different customs and faiths, have to find a modus vivendi that allows them to conclude their construction of the building. And for that you need not a conceded, flaunted tolerance, like the tolerance of the powerful, but an experienced tolerance, lived out every day, lived with the awareness that if it is lost, the house will fall down and you will be left without shelter.”

from Wu Ming, Altai (London: Verso, 2103), p.73.

My top 31 books of 2018

This year I have read 258 books, 234 for the first time. Of those 234, these are my top 31 books of 2018

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (1869)
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924)
Richard Powers, The Overstory (2018)
George Eliot, Felix Holt: The Radical (1866)
Sesshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (2013)
Luther Blissett, Q (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140 (2017)
Hari Kunzru, White Tears (2017)
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl (2012)
Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000)Screen_Shot_2018-07-26_at_11.56.41
Carola Dibbell, The Only Ones (2015)
Paul Kingsnorth, Beast (2016)
William T. Vollmann, The Royal Family (2000)

Roy De Carava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Tade Thompson, The Murders of Molly Southbourne (2017)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mapping the Interior (2017)81cOosPO8-L

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (2006)
Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, The Shadow Hero (2014)

Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead (2017)

Andrea Gibbons, City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles (2018)
Annie McClanahan, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture (2017)51TBLRhw+5L
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (2001)
CLR James, Beyond a Boundary (1963)
Anindita Bannerjee and Sonja Fritzsche, eds, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018)
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Norak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, eds, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015)
Roger Luckhurst, The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (2012)
David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (2011)
Mark C. Jerng, Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction (2018)
Louis Chude-Sakei, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016))

For anyone intereseted, here is the full list
James Agee and Walker Evans, Cotton Tenants: Three Families (2013)
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)
Sherman Alexie, Flight (2008)
Zainab Amadahy, Resistance (2013)
Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here (2013)
Stephen Amidon, Human Capital (2004)
Isaac Asimov, Asimov’s Mysteries (1967)
Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadowside of Wealth (2008)
Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

JG Ballard, High-Rise (1975)
–. Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography (2008)
Anindita Bannerjee and Sonja Fritzsche, eds, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018)
Andy Beckett and Roger Luckhurst, The Disruption (2018)
Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2007)
Madison Smartt Bell, Waiting for the End of the World (1985)
Luther Blissett, Q (2000)
Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man (1952)
–. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
Gwendolyn Brooks, In the Mecca (1968)
Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015)
Tobias S. Buckell, Arctic Rising (2012)
–. Hurrican Warning (2014)
Edward Bunker, Mr Blue: Memoirs of a Renegade (1999)
Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling (2005)
Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road (2016)

Ramsey Campbell, The Nameless (1981)
John Carnell, ed., New Writings in SF 1 (1964)
–, New Writings in SF 2 (1964)
Angela Carter, Several Perceptions (1968)
–. Love (1971)
–. Fireworks (1974)
–. Black Venus (1985)
Erica Cazdyn, The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness (2012)
Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007)
Peter Chapman, Jungle Capitalists: A Story of Globalisation, Greed and Revolution (2007)
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen, eds, Evil Empire: A Reckoning with Power (2018)
Paolo Cherchi Usai, The Death of Cinema: History, Cultural Memory and the Digital Dark Age (2001)
Brigid Cherry, Horror (2009)
Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao (2013)
–. The Deaths of Tao (2014)
–. The Rebirths of Tao (2015)
Louis Chude-Sakei, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016))
Daniel and James Clarke, Kariba (2018)
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes (2011)
–. Caliban’s War (2012)
–. Abaddon’s Gate (2013)
André Couvreur, Une Invasion des Macrobes/An Invasion of Macrobes (1909)
Alex Cox, 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western (2009)
Jim Crace, Continent (1986)
Paul Crosshwaite, Peter Knight and Nicky Marsh, eds, Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present (2014)

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light (2013)
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (2001)
Ashley Dawson, Extinction: A Radical History (2016)
Roy De Carava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis (2003)
Eça de Queríoz and Ramalho Ortígão, The Mystery of the Sintra Road (1870)
Carola Dibbell, The Only Ones (2015)
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Cédric Durand, Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future (2014)

Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017)
Junius Edwards, If We Must Die (1963)
George Alec Effinger, The Nick of Time (1985)
–. The Bird of Time (1986)
David Eggers, The Circle (2013)
George Eliot, Felix Holt: The Radical (1866)
JG Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur (1973)
Jack Fennell, ed., A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction (2018)
Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Norak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, eds, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015)
Eric Flint, 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (2017)
Eric Flint and Griffin Barber, 1636: Mission to the Mughals (2017)
Eric Flint and Walter H. Hunt, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues (2015)
John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff, The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009)
Sesshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Karen Joy Fowler, The Science of Herself, Plus… (2013)
–. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
Matthew Freeman, Historicising Transmedia Storytelling: Early Twentieth-Century Transmedia Storyworlds (2017)

John Gardner, Grendel (1971)
Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (2004)
–. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
–. The Shadow Lines (1988)
Andrea Gibbons, City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles (2018)
Ryan Gilbey, It Don’t Worry Me: Nashville, Jaws, Star Wars and Beyond (2004)
Peter Grandbois, Wait Your Turn and The Stability of Large Systems (2014)

Gideon Haigh, Mystery Spinner (2000)
Ann Halam, Dinosaur Junction (1992)
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (2017)
Marybeth Hamilton, The Queen of Camp: Mae West, Sex and Popular Culture (1995)
Colin B. Harvey, Fantastic Transmedia: Narrative, Play and Memory across Science Fiction and Fantasy Storyworlds (2015)
Owen Hatherley, The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde (2016)
Nalo Hopkison, The New Moon’s Arms (2007)
–. Sister Mine (2013)
Ted Hughes, The Iron Woman (1933)
Kameron Hurley, The Stars are Legion (2017)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

Takuji Ichikawa, Be With You (2003)

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
CLR James, Beyond a Boundary (1963)
Mark C. Jerng, Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction (2018)
Matthew Jones, Science Fiction Cinema and 1950s Britain: Recontextualizing Cultural Anxiety (2018)
Stephen Graham Jones, The Bird is Gone: A Monograph Manifesto (2003)
–. Mapping the Interior (2017)

Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim (2009)
Frigyes Karinthy, Voyage to Faremido (1917)
James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, eds, The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009)
Ray Kiely, Empire in the Age of Globalisation: US Hegemony and Neoliberal Disorder (2005)
Caitlín R. Kiernan, Agents of Dreamland (2017)
–. Black Helicopters (2018)
–. The Drowning Girl (2012)
Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (2013)
–. Beast (2016)
Mikel J. Koven, La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film (2006)
Hari Kunzru, White Tears (2017)
Andrey Kurkov, The Case of the General’s Thumb (1999)
Henry Kuttner, Mutant (1953)

George Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile (1960)
Nella Larsen, Passing (1929)
Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974)
Yoon Ha Lee, Ninefox Gambit (2016)
Stanislaw Lem, Mortal Engines (1977)
Edan Lepucki, California (2014)
Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2011)
John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In (2004)
Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem (2006)
–. The Dark Forest (2008)
–. Death’s End (2010)
Karen Lord, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2013)
H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus 3: The Haunter in the Dark and Other Tales (1985)
Michael Löwy, Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe (2015)
Roger Luckhurst, The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (2012)

Rose Macaulay, What Not: A Prophetic Comedy (1918)
John D MacDonald, The Deep Blue Goodbye (1964)
Andreas Malm, The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World (2018)
Nick Mamatas, Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life (2011)
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (2014)
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924)
Christian Marazzi, The Violence of Financial Capitalism (2011)
Andrew Marvell, Three Men Make a World (1939)
Paul Mason, Meltdown: The End of the Ageof Greed (2009)
Annie McClanahan, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture (2017)
Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996)
–. A Skull in Connemara (1997)
–. The Lonesome West (1997)
–. The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001)
–. The Pillowman (2003)
David McNally, Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance (2011)
–. Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (2011)
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
Gavin Miller, Science Fiction and Psychology (2019)
Greg Mitchell, The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics (1992)
Gladys Mitchell, The Devil at Saxon Wall (1935)
Laura J. Mixon, Glass Houses (1992)
Mary Anne Mohanraj, The Stars Change (2013)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Signal to Noise (2015)
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Walter Mosley, Folding the Red into the Black; or, Developing a Viable Untopia for Human Survival in the 21st Century (2016)
Bill V. Mullen, W.E.B. DuBois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line (2016)
Pablo Gómez Muñoz, A Better World? Cosmopolitan Struggles in Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Cinema (2018)
Mynona, The Creator: A Fantasy (1920)

Linda Nagata, Vast (1998)
David Nickle, Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism (2011)
Kari Marie Norgaard, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life (2011)
Richard Nowell, Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle (2011)

Tolu Olowofoyeku and Ziki Nelson, eds, Kugali Anthology 01 (2018)
Deji Bryce Olukotun, After the Flare (2017)
Amy Abugo Ongiri, Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic (2010)
Rebecca Ore, The Illegal Rebirth of Billy the Kid (1991)
Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3 and Jamal Igle, Black 1–6 (2017)

Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion (2010)
Thomas Love Peacock, Headlong Hall (1815)
–. Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Anette Pedersen, 1635: The Wars for the Rhine (2016)
Otto Penzler, ed., Pulp Fiction: The Villains (2007)
Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia and Jeff Powell, Infidel (2018)
Eric A. Posner, Last Resort: The Financial Crisis and the Future of Bailouts (2018)
Richard Powers, The Overstory (2018)

Tom Reiss, The Black Count: Napoleon’s Rival, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo – General Alexandre Dumas (2012)
Burt Reynold and Jon Winokur, But Enough About Me (2015)
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