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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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