The first of this week's reviews is of the Booker-longlisted The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers, a literary dystopia of reproductive collapse that, per Niall Harrison's take, is a lot more interesting and worthwhile than that (to me, at least) unappetizing description indicates. Lila Garrott is similarly impressed with Livia Llewellyn's Engines of Desire, a collection of erotic horror stories whose use of sex and the human body, Lila concludes, is intended to elicit more horror than eroticism. Finally, Martin Lewis is equally impressed and nonplussed by Margaret Atwood's essay collection In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, finding within it both a perplexing attitude towards her subject and a brilliantly idiosyncratic point of view.
The Strange Horizons fund drive concluded on Sunday, having reached and exceeded its goal. A huge thanks to anyone who contributed or helped to publicize the drive.