Man, you guys sure do love Cherie Priest. You come out in droves for her readings and buy her novels by the wheelbarrow-load. And why not? Priest’s Clockwork Century is a fun series imagining a United States where the Civil War dragged on for decades, Seattle is under permanent threat of zombie attack, and pirate-operated dirigibles dot the sky. They’re big-budget action flicks, wild historical thrillers, and nerdy sci-fi novels wrapped into one. And her newest book, Ganymede—about a pirate who journeys to New Orleans to hijack an enormous experimental submarine—could be her best yet. (University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free)

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