Five Chilly SF Stories to Help Beat the Summer Heat

There’s nothing quite like to make one think of winter. Which, don’t get me wrong, will be bitterly resented when it arrives—

Which set me to thinking about delightful stories set on cooler worlds.


Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke (2015)

Some might call building an amusement park in Antarctica visionary. Others might call the scheme deranged. While Hope City hardly grew into the Paris of the South, it did succeed in firmly establishing Argentina’s claim to Antarctic territory. Economic success can be a side-issue to nationalism.

Not that patriotism keeps Hope City’s unfortunate inhabitants any warmer. Although the community does have an export—atomic power—Hope City’s economy is threadbare. Its inhabitants remain because they cannot afford to leave.

Mr. Cabrera’s business model requires denying any alternatives to Hope City’s trapped population, the better to exploit them. Marianella Luna’s covert bid to displace imported food with local produce

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Building Brains games keeping education going for children during the summer

Games in the bag include ‘Musical Freeze’, which has children dance to music and when the music stops, they freeze in the same pose shown on an included card. ‘Red Light, Green Light’ help improve children’s working memory and helps them build emotional control. Another activity in the bag is a shared project, where two children work together. The U of L says that “the process allows children to play, negotiate and work together to make whatever they want using modelling clay.”

Hazelwood noted that, “we know in the first five years of life, a child’s experiences have a powerful influence on development, physically, socially and emotionally.”

“So, if they have positive playful experiences with a caregiver in their life, then it really promotes strong and nurturing relationships and it sets them up for positive outcomes in the future.”

The Building Brain curriculum and games were created from the results

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The Best Sci-Fi Books To Read This Summer

IRA FLATOW: Whether you’ve had a hard time reading during the pandemic or you’ve zoomed through your to-do list and are craving more, you’re going to want to check out our annual list of the best summer science books. And this time, we’re doing something a little bit different.

The world is beginning to open up, right? But many of us are not quite comfortable traveling like we once did. So what better way to escape without going too far than immersing ourselves in science fiction? So you hit the beach, and you hit another dimension. Travel to space from the safety of your backyard, or take a hike back in time to an alternate era.

Joining me now for what we’re calling SciFri’s Summer of Sci-Fi. Get it? Are my two guests with some superb selections for summer reading, Annalee Newitz, science journalist, author of Four Lost Cities– a

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Summer books of 2021: Science fiction

The Stranger Times
by CK McDonnell, Bantam Press £14.99

If The X-Files was a weekly tabloid, it would be The Stranger Times. The Manchester-based periodical gains a new assistant editor, Hannah, who swiftly learns that the paranormal is real, and can be deadly. McDonnell exploits this premise for laughs, and the pithy banter between the characters is a delight.

Last One at the Party
by Bethany Clift, Hodder and Stoughton £12.99

Sole survivor of a lethal flu-like pandemic, Clift’s self-loathing anti-heroine indulges herself in every way, before the need to take her predicament seriously kicks in. The novel expertly walks the line between profane and thoughtful, and is as much about the why of surviving as it is about the how.

The Best of World SF
edited by Lavie Tidhar, Head of Zeus £25

Tidhar has assembled a weighty and impressive collection of 26 stories by authors from around the

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