Has Donald Trump ruined the dystopian novel? Let’s hope not

Sci-fi author John Scalzi has despaired at the impact on fiction of the dramatic, lurid US presidency – but the best dystopias have emerged in the toughest times

First it was the literary authors, lambasted by Aleksandar Hemon in June 2016 for failing to take on the era of Trump in their fiction. Hemon had declined to sign a letter denouncing Trump that more than 400 of his fellow authors had put their names to, and wondered if their time might have been better spent tackling the approaching election on the page. “One has a hard time recalling a novel that has forcefully addressed the iniquities of the post-9/11 era,” he wrote last summer. “Perhaps there is an author among the open letter signatories eager to develop a narrative in which Trump … wouldn’t be the false cause of our discontent but a symbol of an America struggling to forestall ...

Has Donald Trump ruined the dystopian novel? Let’s hope not

Sci-fi author John Scalzi has despaired at the impact on fiction of the dramatic, lurid US presidency – but the best dystopias have emerged in the toughest times

First it was the literary authors, lambasted by Aleksandar Hemon in June 2016 for failing to take on the era of Trump in their fiction. Hemon had declined to sign a letter denouncing Trump that more than 400 of his fellow authors had put their names to, and wondered if their time might have been better spent tackling the approaching election on the page. “One has a hard time recalling a novel that has forcefully addressed the iniquities of the post-9/11 era,” he wrote last summer. “Perhaps there is an author among the open letter signatories eager to develop a narrative in which Trump … wouldn’t be the false cause of our discontent but a symbol of an America struggling to forestall ...

How well do you know literary friendships? – quiz

A century after Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen began an inspiring friendship, we’re testing you on book pals, from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Harper Lee and Truman Capote

Biographers agree that Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon first met between 15 and 19 August 1917. Their friendship would lead to Owen writing two of his most enduring poems, Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem For Doomed Youth. But where did they meet?

At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh

At Dover, as they prepared for duty

In the trenches in France

In London at a literary party

Which two authors referred to each other in letters as "Cherest Maitre" and "Princesse Rapprochee"?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth

Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer

Enid Blyton and CS Lewis

Henry James and Edith Wharton

Where did the writers Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman first meet – a literary friendship which would ...

‘England hath need of thee’: appeal to save Milton’s Paradise Lost cottage

Charity seeks to build on lottery pledge to secure a lasting future for museum in home where writer completed his epic poem on the fall of man

Pointing to Wordsworth’s comment more than 200 years ago that “Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour. / England hath need of thee”, a charity has launched an “urgent” appeal to the public to help it preserve the 16th-century Buckinghamshire cottage where John Milton completed Paradise Lost, 350 years ago.

The radical poet lived in the Chalfont St Giles cottage after he fled London during the 1665 plague. Although he remained there for less than two years, it was where he completed his masterpiece, Paradise Lost. The cottage is the only surviving residence of the poet and is open to the public as a museum. It holds a leading collection of first editions, as well as a lock of the poet’s hair, ...

Authors voice fury at Russian publisher cutting gay scene from teen book

Author VE Schwab ‘devastated’ after discovering a storyline was cut without her permission in Russia, where LGBT books are regularly shrinkwrapped

VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic series follows the story of the magician Kell, a “traveller” with the ability to move between four parallel versions of London. Acclaimed and bestselling – in the Guardian it was called “a compelling, swashbuckling read” – the young adult fantasy trilogy features a diverse array of characters, from the gender-fluid pickpocket Lila to the bisexual prince Rhy. However, Schwab was horrified to learn last week that her books aren’t quite so diverse in Russian translations, where her publisher excised a scene about the romantic relationship between two male characters.

“The Russian edition of Shades of Magic has been my favourite. This week I learned that they redacted the entire queer plot w/out permission,” she wrote on Twitter to her more than 50,000 ...

Nick Clegg book will reveal How to Stop Brexit

The ex-deputy prime minister’s ‘resistance handbook’, out in October, explains how the EU referendum decision can be reversed while reuniting the UK – and seems destined to fill many remoaners’ Christmas stockings

Alongside tips on household management from Mary Berry and help with home cooking from Nigella Lawson, a different kind of guide is also due to land on bookshop shelves this Christmas: How to Stop Brexit, by the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Publisher the Bodley Head has announced that Clegg’s manual about remaining in the EU would be published on 5 October. How to Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) will, said the publisher, see the former leader of the Liberal Democrats show that there is “nothing remotely inevitable” about Brexit – and lay out how readers can help to stop it.

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Good Omens: David Tennant and Michael Sheen to save the world in TV adaptation

Terry Pratchett would be ‘over the moon’ at the casting according to his estate, while co-author Neil Gaiman reminds Hollywood to give both equal credit

The late Terry Pratchett would have been “over the moon” at the “dream” casting of David Tennant as the demon Crowley in the forthcoming adaptation of Good Omens, according to the Discworld author’s long-time assistant Rob Wilkins.

Variety reported that Michael Sheen will play the angel Aziraphale, and Tennant will take on the role of Crowley, in Amazon Studios’ six-episode adaptation next year. Co-authored by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the 1990 fantasy bestseller Good Omens tells of Crowley and Aziraphale’s attempts to prevent the apocalypse, following the birth of the antichrist, Adam, in Lower Tadfield, Oxfordshire.

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