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Humanity’s Armored Hope: A Pacific Rim Review

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It's bizarre to consider, but I've been plagued all week on how to begin my review of Guillermo Del Toro's new giant monsters versus...

Dinosaurs are NOT Bulletproof!

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As I watched a repeat episode of Mythbusters the other night, I was reminded of one of my pet peeves in Science Fiction and...
the sixth gun vol. 1

The Sixth Gun and the Problems of Polish

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It may seem perverse to fault a work for feeling too perfectly crafted, but the polish of Oni Press' comics series The Sixth Gun,...

Pixels and Panels #2: Online Comics

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Here are two web comics that feature world-building on a grand scale.

Review: The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes

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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes Mulholland Books 2013 The premise of The Shining Girls sold me before I'd read a sentence from it or knew...

Crossroads: Speculative Devices in Police Procedurals

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Character, Context, and Procedure: The Cores of the Police Procedural One can't analyze science fiction and fantasy without running into certain words over and...
Law and Order: SVU

Crossroads: The Difficulty of Police Procedural Speculative Fiction

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Police procedurals are a complicated genre to explore because they intersect so fluidly with so many other genres. On the one hand, they solidly...
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Crossroads: “Speculative” Literary Fiction and SF/F Techniques

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Last week, we talked about how works of speculative fiction deploy techniques commonly found in literary fiction. This week, we're going to flip that...
Peace by Gene Wolfe

Crossroads: “Literary” Speculative Fiction and Literary Sensibilities

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As I mentioned last week, trying to draw general conclusions about the relationship between mainstream literary fiction and speculative fiction is difficult at best....
Venn diagram of Literary Fiction/Speculative Fiction along Character/Plot Spectrum

Crossroads: The Cores of Literary Fiction and Speculative Fiction

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The relationship between speculative fiction and mainstream literary fiction is complicated by decades of group identity dynamics, mutual ignorance, and overbroad critical generalizations about...
Magic Realism vs Fantasy - Venn Diagram

Crossroads: Negotiating the Unreal in Magic Realism and Fantasy

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Perhaps the most important insight I've gained from my research for my Crossroads series is that the borders between genres are very fluid, and...
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Crossroads: Tensions between SF/F and Mainstream Literary Fiction

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Welcome to the first week of May! This month, I'm going to be taking a look at the often-fraught relationship between speculative fiction and...
Guards! Guards! by Sir Terry Pratchett

Crossroads: Satire and the Fantastic

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NOTE: This week's essay is actually an adapted form of an essay from December 18, 2012 that was originally published at The King of...
Redshirts by John Scalzi

Crossroads: The Importance of Parody to the Speculative Fiction Genre

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Last week, we talked about how every piece of humorous speculative fiction inevitably gets compared to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy....

Review: Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories

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Horror and alternate history are difficult genres to mash up. You just don't see them together very often and despite my firm belief in...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

CROSSROADS: Right Place, Time, and Tech – The Hitchhiker’s Guide

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Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (itself spread across five books with a six written by Eoin Colfer), with its friendly,...

Book Review: Skull Island, by Will Murray

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This is going to be a first for me- I’m going to review a book BEFORE I finish it. Hold on! You might be thinking....
Make 'em Laugh from Singin' in the Rain

CROSSROADS: Make ’em Laugh – Humor and Speculative Fiction

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Hello, folks! Now that I'm back on my feet, I find that April's here. A few days ago was April 1st, also known as...

Sequential Wednesdays #7 – Tales of Tails

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Animals have a very special role to play in stories, at least according to the long history of tales utilizing their presence as potent symbolism.  Throughout...

CROSSROADS: Western Series Interrupted by Illness

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Sorry, folks. I know some of you were looking forward to the final installment in the Crossroads: Western series, but I'm afraid I have...
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Crossroads: World-building in Westerns and Speculative Fiction

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Speculative fiction gives my imagination space to play. Whether it's a strange, fascinating city, an entire alien world, or a different time/reality, the genre's...

A Night at the Office by Eric Eppinger

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I grew up watching Creature Features. It was a late night show where host John Stanley (or, for slightly older kids, Bob Wilkins) would...
Unforgiven

Crossroads: The Western Hero in Speculative Fiction

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Someone once said that every story starts with someone either coming to town, or leaving town. And there is no genre for which this...

Pixels and Panels

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A look a two comics you won't have to bag or board
Ned Buntline, Bufalo Bill Cody, Giuseppina Morlacchi, Texas Jack Omohundro (1846-1880) (via Wikipedia)

Crossroads: Riding into Space – Westerns and Speculative Fiction

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March is here, and that means it is time to move into a new Crossroads series. For some reason, March always brings to mind...

Dynamo – Unsuccessful Wooing, Decrees from Rashmon & A Silent, Bearded...

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If there's a recently popularized term that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, it's "webisodes."  This demeaning and fun-sized determination of quality stems...
The Princess Bride: Is this a Kissing Book?

Crossroads: Is this a Kissing Book? SFF’s Relationship with Romance

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Whenever I think of speculative fiction's relationship to romance, I am always reminded of that scene in The Princess Bride where Fred Savage's character...

Sequential Wednesdays #2 – To Stand The Gap: The Secret Truth...

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This is not how the World ends.  This oft-spoken mantra, among others, repeated throughout the narrative of the Marvel comic S.H.I.E.L.D. is a tried and true...
Paranormal Romance Readership

Crossroads: Science Fiction Romance – A Niche Before Its Time?

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Last week, we talked about paranormal romance and the ways in which it uses longstanding cultural archetypes (vampires, werewolves, etc.) to explore power, sexuality,...

Review: The Wizard of OZ: A Steampunk Adventure by S.D. Stuart

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled coverage on SF detectives to bring you this... As a kid, I used to love watching the 1939 film Wizard...