Posts by: Chris Lites

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes


Beukes, who gained recognition for the literary science-fiction noir Zoo City, is a South African writer fostering the gradual recognition that science fiction and literary fiction can be at least neighbors if not actual housemates. The Shining Girls offers the reader a time-traveling serial killer stalking his victims through Chicago from the Great Depression to the early 90s. Via the properties of a mysterious house which seemingly exists outside of time, Harper Curtis, the novel’s antagonist, is able to pass between eras freely. ...more


You by Austin Grossman


The last pages of You by Austin Grossman recount a timeline of video game history. This timeline ends in March 2008 with the death of Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons. While You is a novel set in the world of video game design, D&D, the first role-playing game played on a table with friends and strange sided dice, it suggests the beginning of an age we’re only starting to understand.