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MashReads Podcast: 'The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas' is a haunting short story that'll stick with you for years

MashReads Podcast: 'The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas' is a haunting short story that'll stick with you for years You don't need a write a long novel to create a story that will stick with you for years.Or at least that's the case with Ursula Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.

The Trump-like terror lurking in a forgotten sci-fi classic

The Trump-like terror lurking in a forgotten sci-fi classic This week: Asimov's Foundation trilogy.Their rough contemporary, the Foundation Trilogy (1951-1953).

Nazis were actual meth heads and history makes so much more sense

Nazis were actual meth heads and history makes so much more sense this month, meth addiction quite literally gave us history's greatest industrial menace: the Nazi war machine.It even got the teetotal Hitler in its grip during World War II.

Author tweets about whitewashed book cover, and sparks discussion on representation

Author tweets about whitewashed book cover, and sparks discussion on representation The saying may go, "don't judge a book by it's cover," but if we're being real, book covers are incredibly important—and when they don't accurately reflect the characters, that's a big problem.Nnedi Okorafor's The Shadow Speaker was published 10 years ago, yet her viral tweet Tuesday about her experience getting it out to the world has prompted online discourse about whitewashing in books both from readers and illustrators.

Superhero comics creators: we're political, and always have been

Superhero comics creators: we're political, and always have been As superhero comics creators will tell you, their medium has a proud history of getting political.Captain America, for example, has one of the most anticipated arcs of the summer with the "Secret Empire" event.

Walking with Neil Gaiman is the best thing you can do in the winter

Walking with Neil Gaiman is the best thing you can do in the winter It's quite a godly year for Neil Gaiman, bard of myth, nerd hearthrob and the lucky bastard who got to marry Amanda Palmer.I'm not here to tell everyone they should buy a copy of Norse Mythology and read it cover to cover.

'The Hate U Give' is required reading for this American moment

'The Hate U Give' is required reading for this American moment To read The Hate U Give as a young black person is to stand in front of a mirror.She is battling issues that black kids everywhere recognize, from code switching to confronting racists to death's unfortunate and early knock.

MashReads Podcast: 'Fever Dream' is a surrealist 'WTF!?' kind of novel

MashReads Podcast: 'Fever Dream' is a surrealist 'WTF!?' kind of novel It's this very challenging and quixotic task that propels Samanta Schweblin's surrealist novel Fever Dream.In Fever Dream, Schweblin constructs a nightmare-like tale of family and motherhood that will leave you asking yourself what's real, what's fake and does the difference between the two even matter.

Chelsea Clinton shares 4 inspiring tips for young activists in the Trump era

Chelsea Clinton shares 4 inspiring tips for young activists in the Trump era Here are her tips for young activists in Trump's America.She encourages young people to speak out, and seek out other voices that can help elevate awareness — for politicians and the world at large.

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Writers from all over the world will celebrate books Monday night at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.The ceremony is an annual celebration of the best and most impactful fiction, nonfiction, essays, plays and poems published throughout the year.

Read an exclusive excerpt of Mindy McGinnis' upcoming book 'Given to the Sea'

Read an exclusive excerpt of Mindy McGinnis' upcoming book 'Given to the Sea' Or at least that's the case with YA author Mindy McGinnis and her latest book, epic fantasy novel Given to the Sea.) It's this juxtaposition — contemporary YA to fantasy — that may shock McGinnis' fans picking up her latest book.

If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid

If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid The concept of neural lace comes from Iain M Banks, the late great author of the Culture novels.The fact that most everyone in the Culture has neural lace doesn't help that problem.

MashReads Podcast: 'A Separation' is a grief novel disguised as a mystery thriller

MashReads Podcast: 'A Separation' is a grief novel disguised as a mystery thriller A Separation follows an unnamed narrator, only recently separated from her husband, Chris, who gets a phone call from her mother-in-law that Chris has gone missing in Greece and that our narrator must track him down.The real mystery of the book is not where has Chris disappeared to and why, but whether the narrator should even be searching for him in the first place.

MashReads Podcast: 'Goodbye Days' dives into the messy feelings of young grief

MashReads Podcast: 'Goodbye Days' dives into the messy feelings of young grief Or at least that's the case with YA author Jeff Zentner's latest novel Goodbye Days.Now instead of spending his senior year with his closest friends, Carver is mourning the loss of lives that passed far too young.

3 big reasons why you need to read 'The Handmaid's Tale' right now

3 big reasons why you need to read 'The Handmaid's Tale' right now Secondly, as of this week, The Handmaid's Tale gained the equivalent of an extra chapter.The original version ends with a professor discussing Offred's story at a conference in the year 2195, long after Gilead has fallen.

Take a peek at 'Star Wars' through the little guys' eyes with this anthology

Take a peek at 'Star Wars' through the little guys' eyes with this anthology As Star Wars approaches its monumental 40th anniversary on May 25 this year, you're sure to see a lot of focus on Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and other main characters of galactic importance.The Star Destroyer gunner who was told to "hold your fire" when he could have blasted the droids' escape pod and ended the whole saga right there.

'We Read Too' app connects young readers of color with books they can relate to

'We Read Too' app connects young readers of color with books they can relate to All of the featured books are written by people of color, with readers of color in mind.The simple app specifically targets children and young adults of color, cataloging books in a searchable database by author and title.

'Things We Lost In The Fire,' our next MashReads book, explores the surreal ways history shapes the present

'Things We Lost In The Fire,' our next MashReads book, explores the surreal ways history shapes the present This theme rings loud and clear in Mariana Enriquez's debut story collection Things We Lost In The Fire.This month Mashable's social book club MashReads is reading Things We Lost In The Fire.

Faith, the queen of pop-culture-obsessed superheroes will dominate your summer with new crossover event

Faith, the queen of pop-culture-obsessed superheroes will dominate your summer with new crossover event Past events like Marvel's Civil War and DC's Rebirth shook up their respective universes.And this year, Marvel's Secret Empire event will tie up some very divisive loose ends for Captain America.

MashReads Podcast: Why you should reread 'The Great Gatsby' as an adult

MashReads Podcast: Why you should reread 'The Great Gatsby' as an adult There are few books that capture the pursuit of — and utter disenchantment with — the American Dream as well as F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.