11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November

There’s always been a bit of a crossover in audiences between gamers and science fiction fans. Journalists have spilled a lot of ink over the years writing about the rise in popularity of games like Settlers of Catan, Terraforming Mars, and Pandemic. I recently picked up It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. It’s an interesting read that explores the origins of everything from chess and backgammon to modern favorites like Monopoly and Mousetrap.

What struck me while reading it is how the origins of so many games stem from someone being bored (as in the case of Clue) or being laid off from work (Scrabble), so they set about tinkering and end up with a game that later explodes…

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