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John Kessel: The Moon and The Other 

When: Fri., April 7, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free
www.quailridgebooks.com

John Kessel's first novel in twenty years is worth the wait. In The Moon and the Other, the N.C. State creative writing professor, who has won or been nominated for many of speculative fiction's major awards, conducts a grand thought experiment in the genre's highest tradition. What if various Earth cultures settled small, enclosed colonies on the moon? What if one of those colonies were a matriarchal utopia, where men have nearly limitless sexual, intellectual, and creative freedom but cannot vote? What if the moon's other colonies begin to interfere, stirring up a "masculinist" revolution? Kessel moves beyond the potentially dry pitfalls of science fiction built solely around what-ifs with complex characters, rich lunar environments, and a cracking plot, displaying the talent and craft he's long cultivated. And there's more good news from New York for Kessel fans: he's contracted with Saga Press for another novel, Pride and Prometheus, a major expansion of his award-winning novella of the same title. —Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

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