Top new science fiction books in April 2022


The Librarian of Memory: and Other Dirty Computer Stories by Janelle Monáe

Type: Anthology
Editor: Harper Voyager
Release date: April 19

Den of Geek says: Monae’s dirty computer, the film corresponding to the album of the same name, was a science fiction reference. This anthology consolidates its place in the world of genre fiction.

Editor’s Summary: Whoever controls our memories controls the future.

Janelle Monáe and an incredible number of talented collaborating creators have written a collection of tales featuring the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Monáe such a fascinating and famous storyteller. dirty computer introduced a world in which thoughts—as a means of self-conception—could be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether human, AI, or otherwise, your lives and sensibilities were dictated by those who had convinced themselves that they had the right to decide your fate.

That was until Jane 57821 decided to remember and break free.

Building on this myth, these stories fully explore what it’s like to live in such a totalitarian existence…and what it takes to get out of it. Drawing on the traditions of speculative writers such as Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Becky Chambers and Nnedi Okorafor – and filled with the artistic genius and powerful themes that made Monáe a global icon in the first place –The Librarian of Memory serves readers with tales grounded in the human trials of identity expression, technology and love, but also reaching into the worlds of memory and time within, as well as the issues and the power that exists there.


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