Space and time
Nov 10, 2011 — A letter found deep in archives in London has helped settle the debate over who deserves credit for what many say is the most important astronomical discovery of the 20th century: the realization that the universe is expanding.
Sep 23, 2011 — Your time, delivered through digital devices that move to nanosecond cadences, has never existed before in human history. As we rush through our overheated days we can barely recognize this new time for what it really is: an invention. And it's killing us.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 12, 2011 — Aliens exist — and we are their playthings — in the third book of Robert Charles Wilson's trilogy. Reviewer Glen Weldon calls Vortex a "bittersweet farewell to a soaring science-fiction conceit."
Oct 2, 2010 — In How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu grafts the laws of theoretical physics onto the yearnings of the human heart. His time paradoxes are playful and clever — but he also describes a universe-wide emotional gap with a haunting, melancholic air.
Dec 10, 2009 — The end of another year means another giant stack of books you missed during the past 12 months. Nancy Pearl, our favorite librarian, stops by to share recommendations that should keep old, young and 'tween readers content.
Dec 8, 2009 — Critic Jonathan Hunt's picks include love stories between historical figures; fantasy and supernatural fiction that doesn't concern vampires or werewolves; and time traveling mysteries.
Dec 8, 2009 — Rebecca Stead's short novel throws together seemingly disparate elements — game shows, time travel, mystery — but happily, they come together into a wonderfully engrossing whole.
Nov 12, 2007 — Nancy Pearl had a hard time compiling a short list of her favorite science fiction and fantasy books. There are too many good ones, she says. But one title seemed a natural to the Seattle librarian: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians.