Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month — September 2019

We’ve reached September, which means the seasons are changing all around the world. New Releases is here to highlight some of the biggest games coming this month. You can take a snowy retreat with Monster Hunter World‘s Iceborne expansion or an island getaway with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. You can also stay indoors and take to the basketball court with NBA 2K20. Finally, shooter fans can take on the Locust in Gears 5 or the Calypso Twins in Borderlands 3.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne — September 6

Available on: PS4, Xbox One

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Iceborne adds the new Hoarfrost Reach region to the New World, and it’s full of snow, ice, and new monsters to take down. This expansion also adds a Master Rank difficulty for those of you who have already bested all the High Rank hunts. If you’re not quite done exploring the game’s main area, don’t sweat it–you’ll still see some fan-favorite monsters added to that part of the game too.

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NBA 2K20 — September 6

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

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This year’s 2K basketball game offers the usual dose of modes like MyCareer, MyGM, MyLeague, and MyTeam, but the biggest addition is a series first: you can finally play as all 12 WNBA teams. If you need a break from the basketball court, there are plenty of ways to spend time (and money) on the game’s loot boxes and gambling mechanics too.

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Gears 5 — September 10

Available on: Xbox One, PC

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Gears 5 focuses on Kait Diaz, who will learn more about her own family’s history as she uncovers the Locust’s origins. Gears 5 offers the standard campaign and multiplayer options, but there are some big changes to other modes this time around. For one, Horde mode gives every character unique abilities and ultimate attacks–there’s even a pair of characters from Halo: Reach in the mix. Characters also get special perks in the new Escape mode, a three-player co-op experience where you have to destroy Locust hives.

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Borderlands 3 — September 13

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

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There are new characters to check out in Borderlands 3 as well. Amara the Siren, Moze the Gunner, Zane the Operative, and FL4K the Beastmaster are your Vault Hunters for his adventure. You won’t just be seeking Vaults on Pandora, though; for the first time, you can travel to other planets aboard the Sanctuary III. As usual, expect to find a ridiculous amount of guns as you battle the evil Calypso Twins.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening — September 20

Available on: Switch

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This is a remake of Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy. While it offers the same story and dungeons across Koholint Island, there’s also a completely fresh art style, reimagined soundtrack, and even a special dungeon editor. Tap an Amiibo, and you can unlock extra mini-games and chambers for that dungeon-builder.

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September has just begun, and in addition to the games listed here, Catherine: Full Body and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered are also leading the charge, both launching on Tuesday, September 3. Next week, New Releases will take a look at some less-known games you won’t wanna miss, like GreedFall and Blasphemous.


I Love The Posters Found In Control

Control is a wonderful game. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait for the weekend to end so I can get back to playing it instead of working. But while many are talking about the incredible visuals or exciting action, I want to take a moment to showcase a small part of the game that you might not have noticed or didn’t look at for long. I want to talk about the fantastic posters found all around the game.

Almost immediately after starting the game I noticed some of these posters, which looked ripped out of the late 70s. Their artwork, their font and their overall look all screamed “retro propaganda.” At first, I didn’t really notice them or pay attention to them. But eventually one caught my eye for some reason and I realized these weren’t normal posters telling people to “Never share a password” or “Always report any suspicious characters.” Instead, these posters feature messages referencing haunted staplers, evil mold, and other strange things.

These posters are a perfect encapsulation of what I adore about Control. The game takes the mundane and mixes it with the fantastical and supernatural. Posters like this have existed in workplaces and military bases for years. But rarely do they warn employees to not eat mold.

It’s this mix of boring office imagery and otherworldly sights that really help build the world of Control. It often reminds me of The X-Files and how that show mixed dull FBI cars, suits and paperwork with ghosts, aliens and monsters. I could totally see Mulder getting a kick out of these posters.

Here are all the posters I’ve found so far and some thoughts on them. If you have spotted any I missed, share them in the comments below.

Within the fiction of Control, Altered Items are objects that have parantural abilities or traits. This is definitely one office you don’t want to steal paperclips from.

Even in a wacky and strange government agency that monitors supernatural events, management is still a bunch of assholes.

See, I disagree with the poster from before. If I’m wandering around a giant ever-changing building, trying to find my office, I’m working. It’s not my fault that management and the government decided to place my office in this mess. If I spend all day trying to work, I deserve to get paid.

I don’t want to tell the folks at this super-secret and powerful agency how to do their jobs, but that doesn’t look like mold. It looks like a piece of poop with a face.

This just feels like a rule put in place to allow managers and supervisors to freely read personal emails and texts. “Yeah, I’m totally working! Don’t even try to check on my computer or you will be breaking the law!” 

I see the Boomers have been allowed to make a poster for the office.

You know that’s a lot of pressure to put on people. Also, that guy has a shotgun. I think he’s good. I do enjoy someone voicing their opinion on this poster with a big Post-It note.

This is a bit different than the other posters, but I wanted to include it because I love how normal it starts out and then it suddenly gets strange. Specifically, rule six.


The Outer Worlds’ latest trailer touts all the amenities of dystopia

Robots can do No. 2 in The Outer Worlds. At least, that (at 0:42 above) is what stuck with me after watching this three-minute, tongue-in-cheek setup for Obsidian’s sci-fi role-playing game, launching at the end of next month.

This newest trailer comes to us from PAX West 2019. In the context of a recruitment ad for the low-to-no-standards Halcyon Colony, viewers are introduced to the environs and gameplay opportunities within The Outer Worlds. If the world of Terra 2 seems shabby and bleak, wait’ll you see the “lightly terraformed” (great euphemism) Monarch.

We’re also exposed to combat styles and character types, plus concepts such as “robophobia” in the remainder of this testimonial. Stepping back for a sec, it all strikes me as a blend of the colors of Borderlands, the architecture of BioShock, the planning and zoning ordinances of Bulletstorm, and some of the gameplay systems of Fallout. And I was (hell, still am) a big fan of all of those games, so I mean all of that as a compliment.

Obsidian’s RPG bona fides need no corroboration, and we’ve been itching to see them revisit dystopia ever since Fallout: New Vegas nearly a decade ago. The Outer Worlds raised eyebrows from the moment it was announced in December at The Game Awards 2018. And even though Microsoft bought Obsidian the month before, it will launch Oct. 24 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. For the latest about the game, peruse our interview with designer Brian Heins from August.


Night in the Woods’ co-creator Alec Holowka has died

Alec Holowka, the composer, developer, and co-creator of Night in the Woods and co-founder of game studio Infinite Ammo, died this weekend. Holowka’s death was reported on Twitter Saturday afternoon by his sister, Eileen Mary Holowka.

“Alec Holowka, my brother and best friend, passed away this morning,” Eileen Holowka wrote. “Alec was a victim of abuse and he also spent a lifetime battling mood and personality disorders. I will not pretend that he was not also responsible for causing harm, but deep down he was a person who wanted only to offer people care and kindness. It took him a while to figure out how.

“In the last few days, he was supported by many Manitoba crisis services, and I want to thank everyone there for their support,” they continued. “I want to thank [game developer and producer] Adam Saltsman for staying up late talking with us and reminding Alec that there was a future.”

Efforts to confirm Holowka’s death with Winnipeg authorities were unsuccessful. A message sent to Saltsman was not returned.

On Monday, Holowka was accused of physical and emotional abuse by game designer and writer Zoë Quinn. In the following days, a colleague of Holowka claimed he had jeopardized her role on a game after she had rejected “romantic advances,” and the Night in the Woods’ team announced they had cut ties with the developer based off “allegations [that] are extremely plausible and just about all of it we’ve corroborated with other sources.”

Holowka played a significant role in the creation of Night in the Woods, a narrative adventure game, which covers themes of mental illness, depression, and social immobility. He also contributed to a number of indie games in the past decade, including Aquaria and Towerfall.

Yesterday afternoon, a post to Night in the Woods’ subreddit acknowledged Holowka’s death and the events of the preceding week. The post notes Infinite Ammo developer Scott Benson’s message, to Kickstarter backers of the game, regarding the allegations against Holowka and the studio’s response.

In a point-by-point discussion, Benson said the reason for cutting ties with Holowka “was a combination of a lot of things from several parties and our experiences going back years. It sucked.” Benson added that the studio would not remove him from the game’s credits.

The allegations against Holowka were part of many personal experiences shared this past week following an accusation against game composer Jeremy Soule. On Monday, two women, one a vocalist and the other a game developer, accused Jeremy Soule, who composed the music for The Elder Scrolls series, of sexual misconduct.

Eileen Holowka, also a developer with Infinite Ammo, on Saturday implored readers to leave Quinn, who has deleted their Twitter account, alone. “Alec specifically said he wished the best for Zoe and everyone else, so don’t use our grief as an excuse to harass people,” she said.

In her original post, Eileen Holowka wrote, “I currently do not see a place for myself in games or on Twitter. I will not be looking at the responses to this post.” Hours later, she took her account private. Infinite Ammo this morning pinned a tweet from Holowka, on Aug. 31, 2018, to its front page.


The Mobile Port Of GTA San Andreas Contains New And Secret Cheat Codes

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was ported to mobile devices back in 2013 and then this version of the game was ported to PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as a few other places. GTA fans and modders have recently found that in this mobile version of the game there are a host of new and undocumented cheat codes that aren’t found in the PS2 version of the game.

Popular GTA YouTuber Vadim M has teamed up with a group of other dedicated GTA fans to showcase some of these hidden cheats they found buried in the mobile version of GTA: San Andreas.

The mobile version of San Andreas was created by War Drum Studios and it seems during the development of the port, the studio added in new dev tools and cheats. Most of these hidden cheat codes feel like they would be used during development to test and debug the game. However, in adding these new cheats War Drum Studios broke the original cheat code system in the game. This makes it trickier to activate some of these cheats, but not impossible. Using a keyboard plugged into a mobile device, players can enter in specific letter combinations to activate these hidden codes.

For example, one cheat gives CJ certain weapons and gear that aren’t easily obtained in the game outside of specific missions. This could be useful for developers to test out these items, like how they impact performance, without having to load up a certain save or finish a large chunk of the game.

Another very useful cheat, for both devs and players, is the “scriptbypass” cheat. When this cheat code is activated the player immediately skips whatever mission or event is currently active. This code could be extremely useful for completing the infamously hard and annoying Zero RC missions. For the developers, this code was probably very useful for skipping sections of the game quickly to test other areas or activities.

San Andreas is a hugely popular game, with millions of devoted fans and modders. Yet players are still finding new things in the game or learning more about how it works. Which makes me wonder about other games that are less popular. How many cheat codes are buried in these games that nobody has found?


F2 driver’s death poses dilemma for F1 video game

As promised, Codemasters’ F1 2019 will soon get an update delivering the full Formula 2 2019 roster of drivers and schedule of events. And it could not have come at a worse time.

That is because F2 driver Anthoine Hubert was killed in competition at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hubert, driving for the BWT Arden team, struck the wall atop Spa’s formidable Eau Rouge-Raidillon complex and rebounded into the path of Juan Manuel Correa, who hit Hubert at speed.

Both drivers were taken to the circuit’s medical center, where Hubert died of his injuries.

The news cast a pall over today’s Formula 1 race, won by Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc, and similarly dominates discussion within the F1 gaming community. Players on the F1 subreddit posted tribute screens of their laps in a BWT Arden F2 car at Monaco and Le Castellet, where Hubert claimed victories in his rookie season.

Others suggested changing the colors of their multiplayer cars to match Hubert’s pink livery with BWT Arden. With this weekend’s multiplayer event at Spa-Francorchamps (wrapping up today), a field of pink cars would be a very poignant tribute.

FIA canceled today’s F2 sprint race (a second race where the top eight finishers are inverted on the starting grid) out of respect for Hubert and his family. A delicate question now faces Codemasters, which no doubt had modeled Hubert for appearance in the game once the F2 update launches.

Would it be insensitive, or even feasible at this point, to replace him (and Arden hasn’t named Hubert’s replacement yet). Or would it be insensitive to leave him in as a tribute, racing in a video game after his death? If any tribute is made, how would that be called out?

I posed those questions in an email to a Codemasters representative, but being the Labor Day weekend we may not hear back soon.

Codemasters on Thursday previewed the F2 2019 update but didn’t say specifically when it would be added to the game. This is the first year Formula 2, the series just beneath F1, has been featured in the video game, but so far it uses the 2018 teams, drivers, and even tire compounds.

Three F2 drivers from 2018 start in F1 this year: McLaren’s Lando Norris; Alexander Albon, recently promoted to Aston Martin Red Bull; and 2018 drivers’ champion George Russell, for Williams. They show up in both series in the game. Additionally, F1 2019’s career mode begins in F2, where the player’s created driver is joined by two fictitious F2 rivals for the top series’ 2019 season.

F1 2019 launched June 28 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.


Night In The Woods Designer Alec Holowka Dies

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Alec Holowka, a developer on Night in the Woods and other independent video games, died Saturday morning, according to his sister. The news comes days after allegations began to circulate against Holowka, as multiple people accused him of abusive behavior.

“Alec Holowka, my brother and best friend, passed away this morning,” wrote Eileen Holowka in a Twitter post on Saturday. “Those who know me will know that I believe survivors and I have always done everything I can to support survivors, those suffering from mental illnesses, and those with chronic illnesses. Alec was a victim of abuse and he also spent a lifetime battling mood and personality disorders. I will not pretend that he was not also responsible for causing harm, but deep down he was a person who wanted only to offer people care and kindness. It took him a while to figure out how.”

Eileen Holowka added that her brother had spent the past few days getting support from crisis services in Manitoba, the Canada province in which he lived. She said in recent years, her brother had become a “new person” and was “working towards rehabilitation and a better life.”

The allegations against Alec Holowka began on Monday night, with game developer Zoe Quinn accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse. On Wednesday, fellow Night in the Woods developer Scott Benson said he and his wife Bethany Hockenberry were cutting ties with Holowka, noting in an update to Kickstarter backers that there was much more to the story than just one accusation. Other game developers shared corroboration and words of support throughout the week, and on Thursday, another woman said Holowka attempted to remove her from a game they were working on after she rejected his advances.

Following Eileen Holowka’s tweet about her brother’s death, she offered a response to those who had come out to point fingers and cast blame. “And in case it’s not already fucking obvious, Alec *specifically said* he wished the best for Zoë and everyone else, so don’t use our grief as an excuse to harass people,” she wrote. “Go outside, take care of someone, and work towards preventing these kinds of things in the first place.”

This news closes out a turbulent week for the gaming world, one that began with a rape accusation against Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and has led a number of people to share stories of sexual abuse in the video game industry.


Apex Legends’ next event, Voidwalker, starts this week

Apex Legends’ next event, Voidwalker, kicks off Tuesday and runs for the next two weeks. The event offers a new limited-time mode, another town takeover, and both free and premium loot.

The limited-time mode is called Armed and Dangerous, which limits weapons to long-range and up-close — namely, sniper rifles and shotguns. Loot in this mode is “much harder to come by.”

A double XP weekend will take place Friday Sept. 6 to the following Monday, 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT on both days. That awards double XP for victories and top 5s in both account progression and battle pass progression.

The town takeover is in Kings Canyon, where the remains of a Project: Wraith facility have been discovered. Inside the base is a “functional prototype portal,” that can be used to get further into position, or to leave entirely and reinitiate skydive. Respawn Entertainment said “hidden lore details,” are throughout this new location.

Two tiers of free, challenge-based loot accompany the mode, delivering weapon skins, badges, crafting resources, a loading screen and a music pack. The premium stuff will be available for direct purchase in two rounds, each a week long. Here it is:

Respawn said that six more legendary items will also be added to the core loot pool, meaning they can be acquired via crafting or through pack openings. They’ll also be available for direct purchase.

Apex Legends, the battle royale set in the Titanfall universe, is free to play for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.


13 New science fiction and fantasy books to check out this September

The recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission brought with it a glut of books about the history of the mission and space travel in general. I recently finished one of them, Oliver Morton’s The Moon: A History for the Future. It’s a stunning, beautifully-written account of not just the Apollo mission, but of the entire history of our relationship with the Moon.

Morton blends together cultural, economic, geologic, and military history to look at not only why we went to the Moon, but how we’ve looked at it over the millenia, how it was formed and impacted life on Earth, and what we might find when we eventually return.

Here are 13 new books hitting stores this month:

September 1st

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Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict by Max Brooks, John Amble, Jaym Gates, MC. Cavanaugh

George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones appealed to a huge audience because it had a lot going on: court politics, fantastical threats, parallels with the current climate change crisis, and epic battles. That latter topic appealed to a group of military theorists and commentators, who saw the warfare in Game of Thrones as a way to talk about modern day conflict.

The book is a sequel of sorts to Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (disclaimer: I have an essay in that volume, but not this one), and examines things like civilians in the path of war, the importance of leadership in battle, and dragons as weapons of mass destruction.

September 3rd

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers just earned a Hugo Award for her blisteringly optimistic Wayfarers trilogy, and coming off that win, she’s shifting gears with a new, standalone novella, To Be Taught, If Fortunate. In the 22nd century, scientists make a big breakthrough that will help astronauts adapt to the harsh realities of space, opening up distant destinations in the cosmos to human explorers.

One team of astronauts ventures out to a solar system 15 light years away, and as they transform and adapt to their new home, so too is Earth. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, saying that “Chambers packs an immense amount of story into a novella worthy of full-length praise.”

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Cold Storage by David Koepp

If you’ve seen films like Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible or the first Spider-man, you’ve seen screenwriter David Koepp’s work. Cold Storage is his debut novel, and it has all the hallmarks of a thriller destined for Hollywood. (Paramount has already snapped up the film rights.) The novel follows Pentagon agent Roberto Diaz, who was once sent into the field to investigate a biochemical attack, only to discover that the organism in question could potentially wipe out humanity. Fortunately, he was able to secure it in a military facility.

Decades later, the weapon has found its way out. Aided by two reluctant security guards, he has to figure out how to contain it before it’s too late. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review, saying that “Koepp is skilled at sharp, often humorous dialogue, and Roberto’s discovery of the physical barriers to being a hero at age 68 is both darkly funny and an effective source of suspense.”

Read an excerpt.

September 10th

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The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

In Bob Proehl’s new novel The Nobody People (the first of a two-part series), individuals from around the world begin exhibiting special powers, including avi Hirsch’s daughter, Emmeline. And because they’re different, they’re singled out in society as a potential threat, helped along by the government as it passes discriminatory laws.

Calling themselves “Resonates”, they set up a school to learn how to control their powers, and Emmeline meets others like her. Together, they can push against the violence that’s directed at them. Publishers Weekly says that “what distinguishes this effort by Proehl from myriad other takes on this age-old trope is the book’s sharp, even uncomfortable awareness of the ways in which factors such as race, religion, and queerness would complicate and compound the bigotry such individuals face.”

Read an excerpt.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic of dystopian literature, and has continually been in the spotlight as a cautionary tale about the oppression of women. Hulu has adapted the book for an award-winning series, and Margaret Atwood has added to the story by way of a recent audio edition. Now, she’s adding a lot more: The Testaments picks up the story fifteen years after the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, following three female narrators from Gilead. The book has already been nominated for a major award: it’s on the longlist for the prestigious Man-Booker Prize.

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Alix E. Harrow just won a Hugo Award for her story “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” and continues to explore the world of portal fantasy with her debut novel The Ten Thousand Doors of January. While exploring the Vermont mansion of Cornelius Locke, January Scaller discovers a mysterious book and that with it, she has the power to open doors to other worlds.

She discovers that she has a strange connection with a character in the book, and aided by some friends, sets off to find her missing father and to learn about the strange worlds, Locke, and her own past. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a love letter to imagination, adventure, the written word, and the power of many kinds of love.”

Listen to an excerpt here.

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

In this first installment of Tamsyn Muir’s debut trilogy, Gideon Nav was raised in the Ninth House, a noble house of a necromancer, trained as a fighter in a far-future solar system. But Gideon really doesn’t like this life: all she wants to do is escape to join the Imperial military. Instead, she finds herself picked to be the bodyguard and assistant to a necromancer adept and heir to the house, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, whom she despises.

The Emperor has summoned members of the other houses to compete n a series of trials that will pick the next immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, noting that “this adventurous novel not only embraces its strangeness but wrings delight from it. The result is an addictive, genre-bending book that will wow readers with its vibrant energy, endearing cast, and emotional gut-punch of a finale.”

Read an excerpt.

September 17th

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Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett

In the distant future, Cherub “Rubi” Whiting is a member of a generation that’s grown up after a series of ecological and economic collapses in the 21st century, who practices law and is an internationally renowned VR gamer. Her client is an accused terrorist named Luciano Pox, whose background is a mystery — they could be an AI, a hacker, or an alien. As Rubi takes on the case, she has to deal with her father, who’s trying to seek out a group of billionaires who vanished before the collapse, and a feud within the VR community. Kirkus Reviews calls the book a “cerebral fusion of science fiction, mystery and apocalyptic thriller — masterfully seasoned throughout with provocative social commentary.”

Read an excerpt.

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A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Noah Turner comes from a family that can see monsters. His parents operate a horror attraction called The Wandering Dark, and have been subjected to strange visions over the years. Shaun Hamill weaves together family drama and their history with horrific monsters, as Noah tries to piece together their connection with the supernatural. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “an accomplished, macabre horror saga and a promising debut from an imaginative new author.”

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A Trick of Light by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield

Stan Lee’s career is defined by the characters he helped create, from Spider-man to Iron Man, the list goes on and on. While he died late last year, one of his last projects is hitting stores this month. Originally published as an original audio drama in June, A Trick of Light follows Nia, a lonely, gifted hacker who finds refuge online as a youTube star. At the same time, vlogger Cameron is struck by lightning at Lake Erie while trying to uncover the truth behind a mystery, and discovers that he’s been imparted with fantastical powers over electronics and computers. When the two meet, they team up to right the wrongs that they see in the world.

Listen to an excerpt here.

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The Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

In Valerie Valdes’ space opera The Chilling Effect, Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of her ship, the La Sirena Negra, must embark on a rescue mission when a criminal group known as The Fridge kidnaps her sister Mari and throws her into cryostasis. As she works to raise money to pay off the ransom, she encounters psychic cats, a vengeful emperor, and a budding romance between her and her ship’s engineer. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review, saying that it’s “a tremendous good time and an impressive debut.”

Read an excerpt.

September 24th

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The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

io9 cofounder Annalee Newitz’s debut novel 2017 novel Autonomous was a sharp thriller about the future of biotech and patent piracy. She’s now back with her second book, The Future of Another Timeline, a feminist time travel story that starts in 1992 when a time traveller named Tess appears at a punk rock concert runs into a teenager named Beth, putting both of their lives into a path that could change the future. Tess is trying to subtly change the past to create a better future, all while trying to block a group known as the “Comstockers” from creating an oppressive future. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review, saying that it’s “an ambitious adventure that keeps the surprises coming.”

Read the first, second, third, and fourth chapters.

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American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, edited by Gary K. Wolfe

Gary K. Wolfe is one of the foremost scholars of science fiction history in the US, and his Library of America collection, American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s is an essential selection from the genre’s past. This month, he’s releasing a new boxed set of books that showcase the fiction of the 1960s, including Poul Anderson’s The High Crusade, Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, Roger Zelazny’s … And Call Me Conrad, R.A. Lafferty’s Past Master, Joanna Russ’s Picnic on Paradise, Samuel R. Delany’s Nova, and Jack Vance’s Emphyrio.


How to Stream Hurricane Dorian News

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Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 4 storm Saturday evening as it continues its approach toward the southeastern U.S. coast. The question of exactly where the storm will make landfall is still up in the air, especially after its forecast path shifted east earlier today. Some forecasters are even saying Dorian may bypass Florida completely, either remaining about 50 miles off the coast throughout the week or possibly touching down in South Carolina on around Wednesday.

At the same time, Florida and South Carolina officials told residents earlier today to keep their guards up because the powerful storm remains incredibly unpredictable.

A state of emergency is in effect in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Hurricane Dorian is on track to make devastating landfall in the Bahamas sometime Sunday, and mandatory evacuations are reportedly underway there.

As of 5 p.m. ET Saturday, Dorian was about 355 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida with winds remaining near 150 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

If you want to keep track of storm updates and track Dorian’s path in real-time, check out the links below to some livestreaming options:



  • WPTV, an NBC affiliate station in southern Florida, has a livestream on Facebook.

The Web

  • NBC’s streaming channel, NBC News Now will have a live tracker up on its website all weekend, which is also available through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and other streaming devices.
  • CNN will have live updates on its website throughout the weekend, where you can also find an interactive storm tracker.
  • The 24/7 weather news app WeatherNation is also available on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV.