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CALL­ING MA­JOR TOM BY DAVID M. BAR­NETT

It’s rare to find a genre fic­tion novel that dares to be sub­tle, gen­tle and heart­warm­ing … or at least it has been un­til now. Here’s an un­usual premise for a grip­ping sci­ence-fic­tion ad­ven­ture: “What if you were so fed up with life that you took a one-way trip into space?” Cur­mud­geonly as­tro­naut Thomas Ma­jor, en route to Mars in blessed iso­la­tion, finds his bit­ter world­view turned up­side down when a com­mu­ni­ca­tion er­ror patches his phone through to a fam­ily fac­ing all the complex chal­lenges of life on Earth. De­spite the mil­lions of miles be­tween them, their friend­ship grows to pro­found depths. The real cos­mos be­ing ex­plored isn’t among the stars, but in the way each of our lives un­fold. Ev­ery char­ac­ter con­tains worlds.

LATENIGHTTALES BY ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Ólafur Arnalds is a com­poser whose work man­ages to bring to­gether the worlds of con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal and am­bi­ent elec­tron­ica (pic­ture Steve Re­ich writ­ing a “Fan­ta­sia on Ra­dio­head’s Kid A” per­haps). The Late Night Tales project asks dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal lu­mi­nar­ies to cu­rate the per­fect mix CD for lis­ten­ing af­ter mid­night. Each one has a cover song recorded by the cu­ra­tor, and a spo­ken-word track with a story told by a no­table nar­ra­tor. On Arnalds’ al­bum, the story is told by David Ten­nant; the cover song is Des­tiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” (reimag­ined as cham­ber mu­sic), and the sooth­ing sound­scapes curve from the smoky funk of Jai Paul to the tran­scen­dent winds and strings of Colin Stet­son & Sarah Neufeld.

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