Far From Heaven: Ecological, Economic Dystopias

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Dystopias (the opposite of utopias) are popular right now, whether you like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Here are three dystopian novels to come out recently, where the rich get the resources and the meek inherit the dirt. Karl Taro Greenfeld's latest, The Subprimes, melds the ideas of ecological and economic dystopia seamlessly. Subprimes are people whose credit […]

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Game On! Games in Fiction

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Coming up on February 6 is the next 1st Saturdays: Careers In Focus: Gaming. On this first one of the year we'll be geeking out with professionals in the gaming industry, so get your gaming fill before then with some of these awesome gaming books. Graphic novels are a great place to start for gaming fiction […]

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The Original Robots Were Flesh and Bone

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When you think of science fiction robots, you probably think of Bender, or R2D2, or Tom Servo, or Gort, right? Human-like mechanical characters? Yeah, no. The word 'robot' was actually invented in 1921 for the play, "R.U.R" by Karel Capek. Those robots were more like artificial humans, people grown in vats and assembled as needed, […]

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B-Fest Is the Best

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It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home. What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings […]

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Get Ready for The Force Awakens!

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It's almost here! After all the hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in theaters December 18! If you're anything like me, you've seen the classic movies so many times you could quote them. But did you know that there are a lot of books and comics and video games that carry on the […]

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It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Many Lives

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The newest version of Dr. Frankentstein’s life, Victor Frankenstein, is hitting screens on November 25 and I’m super excited that one of my favorite literary characters is coming back to the screen. In the meantime, check out some of these adaptations and books inspired by Mary Shelley and her novel. Famed artist Gris Grimly has […]

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What Looks Weird in an Ordinary Town….

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Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craner have created a delightful science fiction/fantasy/mystery novel in Welcome to Night Vale. Based on a podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale teams up a 19-year-old pawnbroker and a single mother to find the mother's son and the nature (and location) of King City. That the pawnbroker has been […]

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A New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Golden Age

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We're living in a new golden age of sci-fi and fantasy. The new Star Trek movies are mainstream blockbusters and Star Wars is celebrated on special days throughout the year. As a sci-fi fan girl who grew up teased for my choices in TV, movies, and books, I am absolutely giddy about so many books coming out. Holly Black […]

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Classics of Mars

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With the film adaptation of The Martian (one of our picks for Best of the Best 2014) coming out October 1, here's a look at classic Red Planet reads. Novels about Mars have increased by orders of magnitude since the early 1950s when Ray Bradbury published The Martian Chronicles. In Bradbury's seminal work, Man immigrates to Mars after thoroughly […]

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Summer Fun with Science Fiction

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Hey kids! You've been learning cool things about space science all summer, but did you ever stop to think about how science and science fiction are related? Why not sit back, relax and enjoy these sci-fi stories before summer is over. We've all known some weird kids in school, but probably none like Bob and […]

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