For Fans of Stranger Things

Source: Netflix promotional poster

We're obsessed with Stranger Things. Netflix's bingeable new series starts with a search for a missing child and leads to psychics, conspiracies and monsters. Most fans finish the addictive show within a few days and are left looking for what's next. Chicago Public Library has you covered with books and music that, like Netflix, are […]

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Noir in Space

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Science fiction is a big genre, with room for just about everyone. Today, I'd like to focus on modern noir set in orbit, whether around Earth or someplace else. The title of Anthony O'Neill's The Dark Side refers to Earth's moon, where lies the territory of Purgatory and its capital, Sin. Damien Justus is the new police sergeant there, […]

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Have Some Fun With Science Fiction Action!

Orion Space Flyer 1

Sometimes I get tired of reading serious books on serious themes and need to cleanse my reading palate. These science fictions novels are good for when you don't want to completely turn your brain off, but want some fun with your literature. Koko Takes A Holiday by Kieran Shea roars out of the gate and doesn't […]

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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

Video game controller and games

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

Cybernetics group team with their robot TIOSS on Zagreb ETH university 1962

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

Skidoo DVD cover

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!

Several small robots from Star Wars

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

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….

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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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