Tag Archives: SF

Werewolves, pulp fiction, and folklore

OGOM’s very own Kaja Franck has contributed a fascinating item, ‘Old Tails in New Bottles: Folklore’s Influence on Pulp Fiction Werewolves‘ to the marvellous Folklore Thursday website, talking about the interactions between and generic transformations among popular fiction and folkloric … Continue reading

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Shapeshifters, female geeks, and exotic mathematics

A good article on ‘The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy‘ by N.K. Jesmin, reviewing some exciting new fantasy/SF novels and a collection of essays on geek feminism.

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Women and Speculative Fiction

Here are two more inspiring reading lists: one of women writers of speculative fiction in translation; one of space operas (typically, a very male genre) written by women.

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5 YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Adults Need to Read

Some very appealing suggestions here for Young Adult SF and fantasy. I’m not sure how they overlap with paranormal romance but I’ll be investigating these.

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Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber televised

I have to confess I’m not usually a fan of high/epic fantasy, but I make an exception for Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber series, where the quasi-medieval world of Amber overlaps with our own and a host of shady worlds … Continue reading

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SF and Romance

The worlds of science fiction and romance may seem antithetical but, as in the encounter of Gothic with romance that generates paranormal romance, the romance genre insinuates its way into the, perhaps, masculine, rationalist world of SF. Here, Gail Carriger, … Continue reading

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Soviet Communism and Technological Utopia

The Soviet version of communism was infused with optimism about technology as much as about social transformation. Soviet science fiction expresses this utopianism, and there’s some great artwork here; there’s an imaginative power to these images that goes beyond the … Continue reading

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Nineteenth-Century Women and Speculative Fiction

This is a fascinating and scholarly essay, ‘Cavendish’s Daughters: Speculative Fiction and Women’s History‘ by Jonathan Kearnes which traces fantastic fictions by women from Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing New World in the seventeenth century, through Frankenstein, then focusing on some little-known … Continue reading

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Crossing genres in fantastic fiction – some new novels

I am fascinated by what emerges when genres meet, combine, come into conflict. Genres bring with them ways of looking at the world and fiction that doesn’t settle easily into any one genre can result in complex and subtle perspectives. … Continue reading

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Essays on Fantastic Fiction and SF

This is a very useful web page, with short reviews of books of essays on science fiction and other fantastic literature, covering such fields as steampunk and Afrofuturism, and by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, … Continue reading

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