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Gift Guide: Satisfying The Sci-fi, Fantasy Fan

People who don't read much science fiction or fantasy can easily be blindsided by their friends who do. Like single-malt devotees or Chicago pizza mavens, readers may be fiercely devoted to their particular corner of the map while bluntly dismissive of other tastes, and this can make gift-giving a bit tricky. Fortunately, the past year has been a strong one in many different areas of science fiction and fantasy, and a reader too finicky for any of these titles should probably just get a lamp. Or maybe a bottle of single malt.

The traditional core of classic hard science fiction produced a number of memorable works. For those who enjoy disaster epics on the largest possible scale, (or who just like spending a lot of time with one novel) Neal Stephenson's massive "Seveneves" describes the last human refugees of an Earth nearly destroyed after the moon shatters, and their efforts to return home thousands of years later.

Those who prefer science fiction closer to the here and now, or for that matter anyone interested in cutting-edge environmental fiction, could do no better than Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Water Knife", an almost too-convincing thriller showing how global warming and the coming water wars might play out in a future Southwest, particularly a drought-ravaged Phoenix and a Las Vegas even more corporatized than it is now.

Finally, a number of excellent story collections appeared in 2015. Neil Gaiman, one of the most popular fantasists alive, offers a generous sample of his shorter work in "Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances" , which includes a compelling new ghost story featuring the main character from his "American Gods," an original "Dr. Who" episode in story form, a brilliant blending of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty tales, and stylistic tributes to some of his favorite influences, including Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and Sherlock Holmes.

An equally eclectic collection from another popular writer is China Mieville's "Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories", which subjects England to such surreal fates as giant icebergs floating above London and oil rigs tromping ashore like invading monsters. But even quieter stories, involving a secret worldwide society of card players or a medical student who impossibly finds scrimshaw engraved on the bones of a fresh cadaver, exhibit Mieville's unique imagination. Most of us probably think of popular novels as potential gifts, but good story collections like these are like boxes of very weird bonbons.


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