Items tagged "science fiction"

Book Ends Book Club

We hope you can join us when we read The Alienist by Caleb Carr! The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there […]

Science Fiction & Fantasy by Women of Color

I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Seriously, A LOT. Growing up, I cut my teeth on Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders of Pern series and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. Later, it was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sadly, many people still think Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are written mostly by white anglo-saxon men for white anglo-saxon men (think J. R. R. Tolkein or George R. R. Martin). However, there are a number of fantastic female authors of color rocking both genres today.

Is X-Men: Apocalypse Really That Bad?

Normally when critics eviscerate a movie as universally and thoroughly as they did X-Men: Apocalypse I wouldn’t bother seeing it. However, I love the X-Men universe and only one movie has left a sour taste in my mouth (X-Men: The Last Stand—can we please pretend this movie never happened?), so I sat down with an open mind and hoped that one of my favorite childhood superhero franchises hadn’t been ruined beyond all possible redemption.

Sci Fi for Dummies

Many of my friends are science fiction geeks, so when our discussions inevitably drift towards the genre—one I’ve never actually read—my inferiority complex rears its head. Luckily, said friends are more than eager to suggest some introductory titles: The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin DB 8140 A brilliant but naive physicist attempts to open interplanetary […]