Articles by Chris Barsanti

March 2, 2017

Speculative Fiction and Survival in Iraq 0

Unlike almost every other book you will find out there about Iraq right now, this ambitious new short story collection has little to say directly about all the nation’s recent wars.

May 22, 2015

The Creative Chrysalis: On Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’ 10

A big heaping slab of idea-packed, throwback, hard sci-fi, Stephenson’s latest brick of a book is thought-provoking but staid; a sad turn for one of the sharpest, most irreverent minds in a genre still reinventing itself.

November 14, 2014

To Hell with All that Guilty Love: On Steve Almond’s ‘Against Football’ 7

Wrapping up issues of corporate welfare, media sycophancy, sanctioned brutality, and beating them with an angry stick, Almond’s screed is less an assault on football than the organization that aids and abets its worst behavior.

May 23, 2013

Free to Be Depressed and Alone: On George Packer’s The Unwinding 3

Occasionally, societies fall apart. These are the voices of those caught in the current American vortex of disconnection and angst.

September 26, 2012

Those Grand, Wicked Futures: The Library of America’s American Science Fiction: Nine Classics Novels of the 1950s 9

From Bester to Heinlein, Sturgeon to Matheson, this collection digs deep into the decade’s traumas and comes up with visionary gold.

May 14, 2012

Worlds Beyond Your Ken: A Guide to the Nebula Awards 7

The six novels nominated for this year’s Nebula Awards run from clanking steampunk fantasy from a first-timer Genevieve Valentine to heady and otherworldly linguistic theorizing courtesy of China Miéville—wonders await.

October 27, 2011

When Film Mattered: Pauline Kael’s The Age of Movies 11

Pauline Kael argued about the movies as though her life depended on it. But that’s not what makes this an essential read for all the uninitiated, nor is it her depth of knowledge, her wit, or her ability to turn a line; it’s that she was so often right.