“Zinky Boys” by Svetlana Alexievich

In “Zinky Boys,” Alexievich weaves together interviews with those who have been affected by the Soviet war in Afghanistan–soldiers, yes, but also doctors and nurses, civilian contractors, and, most tragically of all, the mothers and widows left behind–to create a document that is heartbreaking, harrowing, and utterly damning. Those who ended up in Afghanistan did […]

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“Esper Files” by Egan Brass

In “Esper Files,” a mad(ish) scientist in an alternative Victorian England accidentally hits the world with a massive EM radiation pulse. All of a sudden, people start manifesting unusual abilities. Within a few decades, there are rival groups of good and bad Espers, as those with the abilities are called, and the good Espers find […]

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