With the 50th anniversary of the moon landings coming up next month, I have thought a lot about the huge canon of Apollo histories that are out there. In the last five decades, ink has been spilled into the details of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, and more are coming.
A handful of works stand out in the history of space flight literature. The first is a few books written by Francis French and Colin Burgess: In that quiet sea, about NASA & # 39; s work that leads to Apollo, and In the shadow of the moon, about the Apollo program to Apollo 11. They are part of the University of Nebraska Press & fantastic Outward Odyssey series and give an accessible, in-depth look at how the US reached the moon.
Another essential book is Space suit: Apollo modeling by Nicholas de Monxhau. If you've ever wondered what goes into designing a space suit (and if you haven't seen my colleague Loren Grush Space Craft series), it is an exhausting history of how a company known for making bras and belts developed the iconic suits that were worn on the moon. It examines how the space suits were made and offers a unique insight into the history of space flight.
Here are 11 new science fiction and fantasy novels that will be released in the second half of June. (You can read the books here earlier this month that were in stores earlier.)
All City by Alex DiFrancesco
Located in an almost-future New York City, Alex DiFrancesco & # 39; s All City follows the plight of two people who survive when a superstorm strikes: Makayla, a store clerk, and Jesse, a genderqueer anarchist. After being caught in the storm, they work out their own niche in an abandoned, luxury apartment complex. As they rebuild their lives, strange, colorful murals appear in the city, catch the eyes of journalists, and ask for unwanted attention to the house they have built. Publishers per week says that it is a "loving, grieving warning (s) that carefully locates the resilience, vulnerability, and joy of precarious communities with a direct, compassionate voice."
The girl who could move with her mind by Jackson Ford
Teagan Frost has telekinetic powers, something the government has made good use of, and sent her on missions that only she can accomplish. Like most people with special powers, she just wants to be normal. But after one mission, authorities discover a body; she is the prime suspect and has only 22 hours to prove her innocence. If she can't do that, she could start a fight that could ruin Los Angeles. Kirkus reviews says that it's "a quick, high-adrenaline story that manages to get into some dark themes without losing its sense of pleasure."
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Empress of forever by Max Gladstone
Max Gladstone is best known for its fantastic Craft Sequence urban fantasy series, and with Empress of forever, he focuses on the space opera. Vivian Liao is a brilliant business woman, but her competitors have it in store for her, and as they try to sabotage their efforts, she is carried away into the distant future by a powerful entity known as the Empress. The Empress controls the universe and plunderes the past for technologies to protect the universe against an alien species known as The Bleed. To get home, Vi collects a colorful collection of adventurers who try to undermine the empress and save everyone. Publishers per week gave the book a review with stars, and the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog called it one "Bright feminist space opera."
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The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion
After the earth was consumed by a third world war, the remaining armies and countries established a new world order in which racial boundaries are strictly controlled and where medicines are distributed to erase the memories of the lowest classes. Arika Cobane has been training for a decade to join the Congo elite, which is rewriting history to meet the status quo. But when a new student arrives with dangerous ideas and openly questions official history, he forces Arika to question everything she has worked for. Publishers per week says the book "Intellectually rich, emotional and relentlessly fair confrontation of racism proves that Gomillion is a very important new voice."
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Christina Henry has adopted all kinds of classic fantasy stories with her own reimaginations: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and now Little Red Riding Hood. In The girl in red, a woman in a red jacket makes his way through a post-apocalyptic earth and tries to figure out how to survive in the new world. She is determined to reach her grandmother's house, but is forced to work with dangerous government officials with bad intentions. Publishers per week says the book "Satisfyingly satisfies the familiar story of a smart girl, a dangerous wolf and a brave savior, and folklore fans will enjoy this bloody near-future variation on a familiar theme."
FKA USA by Reed King
Set in 2085, FKA USA depicts a world in which the United States collapsed as a result of environmental disasters and policies. It follows a man named Truckee Wallace who lives and works in what was Little Rock, Arkansas (now called Crunchtown 407), with no purpose in life, except to be stationed one day. When the president asks him to take a talking goat across the continent to a laboratory in San Francisco, he is in conflict – he is not sure if it is worth it. But he makes his way through the country with a strange group of companions: Barnaby, the goat; Sammy, an android who wants to be human; and Tiny Tim, a lobotomy convict. Kirkus reviews says it's true "An epic invented apocalyptic vision of America in all its past glory."
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Steal worlds by Karl Schroeder
In the near future, Sura Neelin is trying to survive in a world where automation is driving jobs and where the country's surveillance machine means that it is impossible to disappear. After her father is murdered, she flees and with the help of a resistance movement she learns to hide and survive in a shadow economy that exists in AR games. In the meantime, she begins to figure out why her father was murdered and discovers some dark secrets about the nature of the game world – and that maybe she can overthrow the entire system. Publishers per week says that "Readers looking for a bit of optimism, mixed with grim predictions, find a good balance here."
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Silver in the forest by Emily Tesh
In her debut novel, Emily Tesh takes a new look at the Mythos of the Green Man. Tobias Finch is based in Victorian England and has spent centuries taking care of Greenhollow, listening to the trees and enjoying a peaceful life. When a man named Henry Silver turns up, he stops Tobias' life and forces him to take stock of his past. Publishers per week says that "The characters and mythology of Tesh are beautifully made", and that it is "a fresh, evocative short novel (that) announces a welcoming new voice in fantasy."
The lesson by Cadwell Turnbull
If you recognize the name of Cadwell Turnbull, it could be because he was one of our authors Better worlds anthology project earlier this year with his story "Monsters come crying in their season. " The lesson is his debut novel and takes place on the US Virgin Islands, following a spaceship from an advanced alien race known as Ynaa Park itself. The aliens are mysterious and seem friendly unless they are provoked, in which case they express a harsh response. A year after the Ynaa killed a boy on the islands, three families find themselves in the midst of a larger conflict. The book earned star reviews from Kirkus reviews and Publishers per week, and Locus Magazine says that it is "a book that presents racial issues and questions in a really new way, making it a book that will stand the test of time."
Hexarchate stories by Yoon Ha Lee
Yoon Ha Lee & # 39; s Empire machinery space opera trilogy – Ninefox Gambit, Raven Stratagrem, and Revenant Gun – has given him a lot of praise in recent years. The books follow the adventures of an infantry captain and a general in the midst of a violent interstellar war, and Lee returns to the world with this collection of short stories that spans the world and its characters. They include an art thief who must save the galaxy from a prototype weapon, a general who must outsmart his opponent, and more. Prescribe Smugglers books, Lee has gone through some of the ideas behind the stories in the book.
The mother of the iron dragon by Michael Swanwick
The third installment of Michael Swanwick & # 39; s Iron Dragon & # 39; s Daughter series (which consists of 1993) The Iron Dragon & # 39; s Daughter and 2008 & # 39; s The dragons of Babel) The mother of the iron dragon follows Caitlin Sans Merci, a pilot in Her Absent Majesty & # 39; s Dragon Corps, who controls a deliberate robotic dragon named 7708. She only came home after a robbery to discover that she had brought back a hitchhiker, Helen V., from Aerth and was framed for her brother's disappearance and suspected murder. She flees with 7708 to an Industrialized Faerie to clear her name. Kirkus reviews gave the book a review with stars, describes it as "Discworld meets Faust. They don't like each other. Philip Pullman picks up the pieces. & # 39;
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