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Crossroads: The Power in Paranormal Romance

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Happy Valentine's Day! In my first draft of this week's essay, I started to trace the history of the paranormal romance all the way from...

Crossroads: Romance – More Powerful than You Could Possibly Imagine

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Today is February 7th, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air. Which is why this month I’ll be taking...

Crossroads: Tripping the Noir Fantastic

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Last week, we talked about some of the tensions between science fiction and noir. Fantasy, which relies on metaphor even more than science fiction,...

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

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World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment - these are science fiction's basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor's edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?

Satan’s Imagination Stations

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I was 8 years old, and I had gotten my greedy little hands on a copy of The Hobbit. I read it by nightlight...

Crossroads: Where Genres Meet in the Night

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Speculative fiction's ability to stay fresh is a direct result of its ability to blend with other genres: the mash-up, the hybrid, the literary crossroad are where science fiction has always found innovation. We're a magpie genre, and I think that should be celebrated and explored.