Recent Book Reviews
A bold adventure into realms unknown
This blog is created as an independent project by the LITA Imagineers Interest Group. Our Interest Group promotes imaginative forecasting and planning for future information systems and technologies through the examination and analysis of science fiction. At heart, though, we’re just fantasy and science fiction readers that happen to also be librarians and want to help other librarians build and promote their genre fiction collections.
Our writers work in the full range of libraries from public to academic to school and special. Our interests are as varied and we plan to share all of that with you. This site is going to explore the intricacies inherent in genres with the depth of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Additionally, we are going to provide reviews of genre fiction resources including books, films, and television shows.
Note: The opinions expressed by the writers herein do not reflect the opinions or positions of their employers.
Thomas Allen, PhD is a Curator of Special Collections and archivist with the University of Texas at Dallas. The opinions expressed herein are his personal opinions, and in no way reflect the opinions of the University of Texas at Dallas.
Trevor Calvert is a Librarian at Marin Academy, an independent high school in Northern California. He is a member of LITA’s Imagineering Interest Group. Some of his favorite sci-fi/fantasy/weird authors are China Mieville, Daphne du Mourier, Iain M. Banks, and Geoff Vandermeer. He is the author of Rarer and More Wonderful.
Dena Heilik is a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She is the head of the fiction department at the Central branch and is in charge of the genre collections there. She has appeared on local television to promote her favorite books and has also been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air discussing the romance genre with Terry Gross. She reads omnivorously, ranging from SF and Fantasy to Romance and Travel and History. Some of her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett, Tanya Huff, Neil Gaiman, and Patricia Briggs.
Breanne Kirsch is a Public Services Librarian at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is a Co-Chair of LITA’s Imagineering Interest Group and the Founder and Chair of LITA’s Game Making Interest Group. Some of her favorite authors include Mercedes Lackey, Lloyd Alexander, and Lynsay Sands. She prefers reading fantasy, particularly paranormal, romantic fantasy, and teen/YA fantasy.
Jon Kirsch is a Librarian at a public library in South Carolina. His all-time favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove, Joe Haldeman, and Steven Gould. More recently he has developed a special interest in Teen/YA science fiction and fantasy. He enjoys writing science fiction almost as much as reading it, and has completed his first collaborative publishing project, called “Tales from Omega Station,” with authors K.G. McAbee and J.A. Johnson at Smashwords.
Frank J. Skornia is a Media Resources Archivist with A+E Television Networks in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction for nearly all of his reading life, preferring massive fantasy tomes that can be used as bludgeoning weapons if necessary. Favorite F&SF series = The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. Favorite F&SF film = Gattaca