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Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic

Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic
29 Jun
4:03

Worlds where magic works have been a common theme in sci-fi ever since Robert Heinlein wrote “Magic, Inc.” in 1940. What Hannu Rajaniemi has given us in “Summerland” (Tor, 302 pages, $25.99) is a world where Spiritualism works—the whole nine yards, ectoplasm, spirit mediums and all. The difference is that its odd and uncertain phenomena have been codified and turned into science by a consortium of the radio scientists Oliver Lodge and Guglielmo Marconi, and Eusapia Palladino, a famous medium.

It’s the 1930s, and Britain has…

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/science-fiction-a-new-novel-destined-to-be-a-classic-1530232960

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