In Micaiah Johnson’s entertaining first novel, The Space Between Worlds (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99), the Eldridge Institute has not only discovered the multiverse, with 380-plus planet Earths alongside Earth Zero, but the means to travel between worlds. Only “traversers”, individuals whose doppelgangers are dead on another Earth, can make a crossing to collect scientific data for the benefit of the Institute. Enter strong-willed but vulnerable Cara, a young black woman plucked from the hostile wastelands to work for the Institute: her doppelgangers are dead on all but eight parallel Earths, allowing her almost unlimited movement. Having lived a hand-to-mouth existence fighting poverty and abuse, Cara relishes the freedom of interworld travel, but what she discovers on Earth 175 threatens to uncover not only her own terrible secret but that of the enigmatic Institute. Johnson excels at contrasting lives of privilege and poverty, and at drip-feeding … [Read more...] about The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror – review roundup
Science and nature books
A debate about racism Some, like Hamburg-based educator Christiane Kassama, say the Jim Button books are completely inappropriate. "Jim Button reproduces many clichés about the allegedly typical nature and appearance of Blacks," she told Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on the occasion of the book's 60th anniversary. He is just as white people imagine: "a funny, cheeky black child." The way illustrator Franz Josef Tripp drew Jim Button, with a broad grin and thick pink lips is unthinkable today. … [Read more...] about Jim Button: How racist is the popular children’s book?
One site, called Rewilding Europe, calls it giving nature a 'helping hand' with their website saying it is about creating the right conditions for it to flourish. … [Read more...] about Pair of golden eagles successfully rear a chick at a ‘rewilding’ estate in the Scottish Highlands for the first time in 40 years
Parini, who has written a fictionalised account of the life of the author in his novel The Passages of Herman Melville, said Hoare's project was sure to bring new readers to the magic of Moby-Dick. "Moby-Dick lies at the centre of not only American literature but the American imagination," said Parini. "The real oddity is that, in part because of its textual density and vast allusiveness, the novel has never found anything like the numbers of readers it deserves. Hoare's project is just the ticket here: a way of bringing the mighty language of Melville into production, where it will work its magic. It always does." … [Read more...] about Moby-Dick captures stars for reading voyage
While the Galaxy Fold and Mate X both fold down a vertical crease, the Galaxy Fold's display is on the inside of the device when folded, while the Mate X display becomes the exterior covering. … [Read more...] about Microsoft plans return to the smartphone market with the launch of its $1,399 foldable Surface Duo in the US on September 10