Critical Linking: August 23, 2016

Here’s a list of the best-of-the-best new science fiction coming your way in the last portion of 2016. From hard SF to light-hearted high concepts, to dystopia, to Time Travel to space opera, and yes, even books about the Death Star.

Here for it.

 

Richardson’s system actually works: they’re using it in NYPL and many affiliated libraries. It makes reading ebooks from the library one trillion times better, and it lets anyone improve it, at anywhere in the stack — it lets commercial suppliers play, too, but prevents them from locking libraries, publishers or readers in.

Interesting look at how the NYPL made ebooks open.

 

A new study to be published in a special 2016 election issue of PS: Political Science and Politics finds that reading Harry Potter books leads Americans to take a lower opinion of Donald Trump. In fact, the more books the participants read, the greater the effect.

Makes sense: Potterheads have been shown to be more empathetic towards marginalized groups, and that doesn’t mix with Trump support.

 

 

Add books, booze, and cat pics to your Instagram. You know what to do.
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