It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Many Lives

Frankenstein's Monster

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….

Desert Town 1

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

Mars 2

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

Lego Astronauts being chased by an Lego skeleton astronaut

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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We Sing the Body Electric: Ray Bradbury’s Birth Anniversary

Stack of Ray Bradbury's books

This year marks the 95th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's birth. While Bradbury grew up in Waukegan, his stories and novels took us far beyond his normal, Midwestern upbringing. As Ray Bradbury's biographer, Sam Weller was able to learn much about the author's life, as well as the inspiration for his books. This unprecedented access to Bradbury's life makes […]

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H.P. Lovecraft at 125: Cthulhu Lives

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A sickly child, a reclusive adult and a writer of weird, dime-store fiction. All of these are descriptions of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century whose work shapes horror, science fiction and dark, literary fiction to this day. August 20 marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. Let's take a […]

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Explore Afrofuturism!

Winter Constellations

I've always read science fiction, but at a young age I started looking for books and media that were more diverse. After all, Chicagoan Mae Jemison went into space, and I wanted to go, too! When I learned about the concept of Afrofuturism, loosely defined as the common themes in African-American science fiction, art and […]

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I Want to Believe

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Recently there have been rumors of a reboot of the television series The X-Files. Longtime fans like me are hoping the rumors become truth and that the original stars are on board. The television series ended more than two decades ago, and the last episodes of the final season left many viewers wanting more. A lot has […]

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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The world grieves for the loss of an icon with the passing of the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Celebrated for his role as Mr. Spock in the groundbreaking television series Star Trek, Nimoy was one of Hollywood's most recognizable and beloved faces. Although primarily known for his acting, Nimoy was an artistic explorer who delved into […]

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