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Haunted Holiday Gift Guide: Book Lover’s Edition

Use these suggestions to have a "horrible" holiday

Photographs, Fantasy, Cover Design and Neil Gaiman

Let's take a break from looking at artwork. Let's look at some photos instead. Most people like looking at photographs. Usually these are family photographs, sometimes...
Venn diagram of Literary Fiction/Speculative Fiction along Character/Plot Spectrum

Crossroads: The Cores of Literary Fiction and Speculative Fiction

The relationship between speculative fiction and mainstream literary fiction is complicated by decades of group identity dynamics, mutual ignorance, and overbroad critical generalizations about...

The Ergodic* Nature of Games

When I was in college studying creative writing, I fell in love with a lot of writers: Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Lethem, David Mitchell, Michael...

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan's parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?