Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature

On September 17, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

Haruki-MurakamiJapanese author Haruki Murakami has asked to withdraw his nomination as one of the four finalists for The New Academy Prize in Literature, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to The New Academy’s press release, Murakami is…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

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15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond

On August 14, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond.

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Are we alone? Human beings have been searching for this answer arguably from the very beginning of our species. When science fiction came into its own as a genre around the turn of the 20th century, books about aliens and space exploration became an immediate genre staple. With the dawn of the Space Age in the 1950s, the urgency of the question of whether we are the only ones inhabiting this vast space only increased. The more we learn about our universe, the less we seem to know.

Here are books that we at Book Riot consider the 15 best alien books.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

A Closer Look at the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Longlist

On July 18, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

A Closer Look at the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Longlist

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The longlist for the alternative Nobel Prize, and award meant to be handed out instead of the regular Nobel Prize in Literature, is now available, nominating 47 Swedish and international authors.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Power and Powerlessness in Alexander Chee’s Essay “The Querent.”

On July 8, 2018, I published my first critical essay in literature for Ploughshares, titled “Power and Powerlessness in Alexander Chee’s Essay The Querent.”

I am very excited about this essay. Not only because it gave me an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonderful writings of Alexander Chee, but because being published by Ploughshares is something that I have been striving for . With this essay being published on Ploughshares’s blog, I need to set a new goal for myself.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

On July 2, 2018 I published the following post on Book Riot.

Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

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The Swedish Academy has announced it will not be awarding a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2018. Instead, an alternative Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded by a recently founded Swedish non-profit organization called The New Academy (Den nya akademien).

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

We Think These Are the Best Science Fiction Authors

On June 26, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

We Think These Are the Best Science Fiction Authors

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In this post, I name eight authors as the best science fiction authors for the past 150 years. Curious to see who they are, and if you agree with me?

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

How a Forgotten War Can Help Us Solve the Crisis in Syria

I am on Washington Post’s history blog Made by History today talking about how learning about the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) can help us better understand how to deal (or not to deal) with messy conflicts, such as, e.g., the civil war in Syria.

How A Forgotten War Can Help Us Solve the Crisis in Syria

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.