Pablo Valcárcel tells the story of a Futrographer's search for a revolution that does not devour its children.
Playing a Cruel God: An Interview with Joseph Halden
Joseph Halden explores the evil psyche of an evolutionary scientist in "G," included in the speculative fiction anthology E is for Evil.
Why Writing the Other is Always Radical (Part I)
Photo by Ali Arif Soydaş on Unsplash Writing the other is an inherently political act, especially when the dominant culture wants to turn the other into a “them.” An “us” is a person of dignity with whom we can empathize and recognize as a human being. An “us” is someone we can relate to and …
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At the Blue Met: The Children of Mary Shelley
Frankenstein, which celebrates its 200th publication anniversary this year, has often been called the first science fiction novel. To what extent can today's science fiction trace its roots back to Frankenstein, given the vital, diversified, and increasingly popular genre it is today?
My Critters List of the 5 Most Common Weaknesses in Fiction
Ever since I became serious as a freelance editor/proofreader and a participant on Critters.org, the oldest online writer's critique group, I have encountered the same weakness in fiction over and over again. Partly, I think this is because people send early drafts to critiques and forego revision until they receive their first round of feedback. …
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A Kiss with Teeth by Max Gladstone
I have never read a more Halloween Father's Day story than "A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone. In this dark but ultimately heartwarming tale, Dracula has moved to suburbia to raise a family, but begins to grow apart from his wife Sarah and his son Paul as he suffers from the seven-year itch. It …
Endless Things by John Crowley
If you arrived at a crossroads, would you take the right or the left fork? We are faced every day of our lives with choosing a path. Once our decision takes us onward, we cannot return. The past that once was--and the path we might have chosen instead--grows more and more distant with each 'Y' …
Daemonomania by John Crowley
An old world is dying; a new one struggling to be reborn. What was possible, during the old age, becomes something that had always been impossible, in the new. Daemonomania is John Crowley's third novel in his Aegypt Cycle. It continues the story from Love & Sleep and The Solitudes, which blends New Age occultism, …
Studying Fantasy: An interview with Professor Robert Maslen
There is a Master’s of Fantasy program at University of Glasgow. I thought everyone should know; it sounds like a dream job to teach there and a great opportunity to study there.
The University of Glasgow has announced an M.Litt in Fantasy this year, and being the pseudo academic non pseudo fantasy lover that I am, I couldn’t resist taking a peek. I wrote to the program director, Professor Robert Maslen and he was kind enough to answer a couple of questions on the course, the process of designing it and the place of fantasy in academia today.
I definitely think all those interested in studying the genre in a university setting should consider the program. For more details, check out the website.
Also it totally helps that the place looks like Hogwarts.
Here, we hand the floor over to Professor Maslen.
1) What drove you to create this programme?
I’ve always been a fan of fantasy, so the programme could be described as the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. I’ve taught an undergraduate course in fantasy since…
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Joseph Boyden on his Identity and Origins
Monday at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in the Hall Building on Concordia University campus, Joseph Boyden talked about his identity and origins--both as a writer and a man of mixed Irish-Ojibwe blood. He was accompanied by renowned conversationalist Kate Sterns and Globe and Mail book reviewer Jared Bland, "Who are you?" opened Sterns, a direct …