NY Times Launches New Sci-Fi Book Column

By Dianna Dilworth 

The New York Times is launching a new bi-weekly column dedicated to book reviews about works of science fiction and fantasy.

The column, which is called “Otherworldly”, is written by novelist N.K. Jemisin. The first edition looks at four titles: China Miéville’s This Census-Taker;  Emma Newman’s Planetfall; All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders; and Keith Lee Morris’s Travelers Rest. The column goes live in the publication’s weekend edition in print, but is already available online.

Here is more about the column from Jemisin’s website:

I’m an eclectic reader, so the new column will obviously feature science fiction, fantasy, horror, some YA, some graphic novels, some anthologies, and even some nonfiction where it impacts the genre. I’ve got no problem with self-published or small-press books, although I believe the NYT has a policy forbidding selfpubs if they can’t be found in “general interest” bookstores, whatever that means. I like books that feature complex characters, period, but stereotypes piss me off and stuff I’ve seen too often bores the shit out of me.