BEFORE MARS by Emma Newman

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Before Mars is the third novel in Emma Newman’s Planetfall universe, loosely connected to its predecessors, 2015’s Planetfall and 2016’s After Atlas. Readers of After Atlas will come to Before Mars with some foreboding: we already know that the creeping sense of horror Before Mars protagonist experiences will have to pay off, one way or another—especially as it becomes clearer how the timeline in Before Mars lines up with that of After Atlas.


Sleeps With Monsters: Sundry Novellas for Spring

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I’m getting to really like the recent boom in standalone novellas. They’re long enough to feel satisfyingly booklike, and short enough to read in the course of a commute. I want to bring three in particular to your attention this week, each one very different from the others.