The once-cultish literary critic Darko Suvin said that the definitional basis of science fiction was "cognitive estrangement", a hard-to-explain and almost subliminal sense that things are not as they should be.
In the foreword to this historical novel of 1977, Robert Merle wrote he had no definite plans for a sequel.
Per Petterson's Norway is dark and joyless.
Effie Gray by Suzanne Fagence Cooper (Duckworth Overlook, £8.99)
In Nora Webster, Colm Toibin has written a companion tale to his acclaimed novel Brooklyn.
In Death Sentences, veteran editor Otto Penzler collects 15 novellas from some of crime fiction's biggest talents, each concerned with the intersection of crime and literature.
Marilynne Robinson is a magician.
Philip II of Spain was one of the most hard-working monarchs in 16th-century Europe.