For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.
The Snail on the Slope, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
(August 1, Chicago Review Press—Paperback)
This sci-fi classic by the Strugatsky brothers was written in the 1960s, finally published in Russia in the late 1980s, and only now translated into English. The Administration is a vast, confusing bureaucratic institution charged with studying the Forest, a likewise vast, confusing place filled with strange creatures and operating under different laws of physics and biology. In the Administration, newly-arrived Peretz wants nothing more than to study the Forest directly and seeks an appointment with the director to make his case—but can never seem to get ...