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Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Uplift

Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Stories of abuse

Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for good workplace fiction

Please recommend to me some good workplace fiction. [more inside]
posted by enn on Apr 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

What are some contemporary coming of age novels?

What are some contemporary coming of age novels? I am in a reading group and our current theme is "the adolescent experience." But most novels we have read thus far speak to the experiences of past generations. What are some novels, written for adult audiences, that might describe the experience of a modern adolescent in our society? [more inside]
posted by slopepheasant on Apr 14, 2012 - 30 answers

Please help give my fictional character child care advice.

Please help give my fictional character child care advice. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Apr 12, 2012 - 36 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Can you help me find this puzzle/interactive fiction website?

I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

Kitty Hookers!

Please tell me that the book described below actually exists, and is not a hallucination resulting from my troubled childhood. [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

As you read the question, you realize: you know the answer, and you've known it all along.

Any advice on how to switch from writing in second person to writing from a first- or third-person viewpoint? [more inside]
posted by jfoo on Apr 4, 2012 - 4 answers

So Betty and HP go on an adventure

Trying to remember a novel I read that sort of had Betty Page and HP Lovecraft in it [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Fiction with unusual narrators

Reccommend me some fiction with unusual narrators! [more inside]
posted by marginaliana on Apr 3, 2012 - 60 answers

A tin foil for humanity

Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Apr 3, 2012 - 26 answers

What is this "future archeology" picture book?

Help me find a funky "speculative archeology" picture book from the mid-nineties in which archeologists discover 20th century items and ponder what they may have been used for. [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Books like The Wicker Man and Harvest Home

I'm interested in fiction books reminiscent of The Wicker Man and Harvest Home. Horror or mystery stories of strange nature cults/paganism/mystery religions...Not so much stories of Da Vince Code or Name of the Rose but more the former two titles.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 30, 2012 - 15 answers

What is this book?

Looking for the title of a book I saw last year. [more inside]
posted by metaphorik on Mar 29, 2012 - 3 answers

New Sci Fi Book Club that doesn't suck?

Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

YAYA (yet another young adult) Fiction ID

Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommend a novel!

Please suggest the most riveting, distracting, absorbing fiction! [more inside]
posted by amro on Mar 22, 2012 - 63 answers

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction?

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Mar 21, 2012 - 68 answers

In search of a malady...

Writing a story... What is a malady or health issue that is 1) hereditary, 2) difficult to diagnose in an unborn child, 3) makes life particularly difficult (mentally or physically) for someone who has it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 16, 2012 - 31 answers

Can you identify this radio short story?

Can anyone identify a short story I heard on the radio involving a college professor? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Mar 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you identify this book?

Help one of my colleagues identify a short story (we think) for a patron! [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 8, 2012 - 1 answer

How to choose writing form?

To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
posted by shivohum on Mar 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How does your writing group work?

My fiction writing group is wondering if there's a better way to critique each others' pieces. How does your writing group do it? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program! help me do it right.

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the name of this blasted book?

What is the name of this SciFi book? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me remember an upsetting YA novel

Help me remember a young adult novel I read as a kid. The main character was a teenage girl and there was an upsetting incident involving a kitten and a doormat. [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Feb 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Remind me what it's like to be 15!

Help me find some quality books that would be easy reads for my 15-year old female cousin. [more inside]
posted by JannaK on Feb 25, 2012 - 28 answers

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 24, 2012 - 30 answers

Top Secret Desk Jockey

What exactly does one do in a "desk job" for a covert organization? [more inside]
posted by baronessa on Feb 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Best books that act as writing coach for fiction?

What are the best books, articles, or websites that act as a kind of "writing coach" for fiction, which walk you through, like an encouraging but demanding mentor, the psychological, technical, and purely logistical issues of writing and then publishing short stories or novels?
posted by shivohum on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

Author, Author!

You all did such a great job of helping with my Black History Month question, that I am returning with another similar question about African American authors of fiction--specifically SF Bay Area-based, "classic", not controversial... [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha on Feb 16, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sorry, you aren't profitable enough to live.

I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me identify a dream world Sci-fi story

Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
posted by expatbore on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to find a short story about love and loss, titled "Red."

[StoryFilter] I'm looking for a printed or electronic copy of the full text of a story titled simply "Red." [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Feb 9, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I read next?

What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Good use of epigraphs in fiction

Please give examples of good use of epigraphs in fiction. [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Feb 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Fiction with food?

I'm looking for more fiction that features detailed or frequent mentions of food. For example Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea with its talk of "fresh hot buttered toast, with or without the addition of bloater paste". Bonus points if they're set in the UK, but I'd love any suggestions!
posted by teststrip on Jan 31, 2012 - 50 answers

[do-you-recognise-this-book-filter] Books about a butterfly girl and cartographers.

Trying to recall the names of two books I read about 15 years ago. Books from the public library about a butterfly girl and cartographers. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr on Jan 31, 2012 - 5 answers

научная фантастика

Looking for recommendations for (translated to English) non-English Science Fiction/Fantasy/Odd fiction. [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Are fictional concepts fair game?

If I make a software implementation of a fictional religion described in a book published in the '70s, can I be subject to valid intellectual property lawsuits? YANML - understood. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Would like to be introduced to Mr. Sherlock Holmes

What Sherlock Holmes books should I read, and in what order should I read them? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 29, 2012 - 25 answers

"It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream."

Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 27, 2012 - 37 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Out of copyright post-apocalyptic stories

Dear Metafilter: can you suggest any short stories that fit a general theme of post-apocalyptic stories, but which are out of copyright/public domain? [more inside]
posted by reynir on Jan 22, 2012 - 6 answers

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