Courttia Newland‘s A River Called Time: A Novel is set at the Ark, a massive structure in the center of Dinium – an alternative London – that promised a utopian existence for those invited. Markriss Denny is one of the chosen – but once inside, he uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself, and the people he once thought he knew. In Benjamin Percy’s The Ninth Metal, a meteor shower brings to Earth a new metal – one that possesses world-changing properties as an energy source and a weapon – to Northfall, Minnesota. Soon, the town’s iron-ore dynastic family finds itself in a cutthroat war for the mineral rights and mining operations, as foreign leaders, competing corporations, and the U.S. government all vie for control. Moderated by author Victor LaValle.