Women of SF/Fantasy

March is Women’s History Month and I’d like to highlight some of my favorite women sci-fi and fantasy authors: Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Mercedes Lackey. In 1934, Andre Norton had her first novel, The Prince Commands published by Appleton–Century. One of her more well-known series is her Witch World saga. One […]

Science Fiction: Answering the Big ‘What If’ Question

Fantasy is the genre that explores our imaginations and takes us on glorious adventures. In a similar vein, horror flirts with the darker nature of humanity and gives rise to those things that go bump in the night. Science fiction, though, is meant to answer the question “What if?” What if science gave us the […]

A Golden of Age of Paranormal Teen Fiction – A Gender-Based Phenomenon?

Chances are that unless you happen to be living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the popularity of teen fiction. Even those who may not directly read teen fiction are helpless but to at least feel some of its impact on popular culture, and movies are a great example – ranging anywhere from the […]

Horror and Speculative Fiction

Fredric Brown, an American Science Fiction author, is credited with one of the shortest horror stories ever written, titled “Knock:” “The last man on Earth sat alone in his room. There is a knock at the door.” Those two simple sentences convey much about why we as readers and writers pursue horror as a genre. […]

The Crossover Conundrum in Teen/YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

More than ever before those of us who read science fiction and fantasy (and every other genre besides) are seeing the rise of teen books which strongly appeal to both teens and adults. Can anyone say Divergent? Are these ‘crossover’ titles the wave of the future, and should we expect or hope to see more […]

Why read comics?

Graphic novels have for some time been given the critical reception appropriate to their cultural relevance and formal complexity. Thanks to a few early luminaries like Maus by Art Spiegelman, Watchmen by Alan Moore, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, and later Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, critics (and more importantly […]

The Many Subgenres of Fantasy

Fantasy is comprised of a number of different subgenres, from paranormal to urban to steampunk to epic. Some subgenres are more popular than others and some subgenre categories are not well known, such as Wuxia. I will discuss some of my favorite subgenres of fantasy in this post. I will also try to define some […]

Mae L’ovannen!* Or in other words “Well met!”

*Well met in Sindarin Welcome to our new project! We are a group of librarians that have a passion for the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in all their myriad of forms and guises. We have been responsible for organizing events at the ALA Annual conferences and wanted to reach out beyond this […]

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