What’s on the Menu in Speculative Fiction?

In elementary school children learn that the basic needs are air, water, food, and shelter in that order of importance. The need for other things, like love, security, and meaning, are lower on the level of significance. Anthropologists study the eating habits of a society in both basic forms and elaborate ritual purposes in order to gain cultural insights. The acts of obtaining, preparing, distribution, and eating of food are a fundamental part of a culture’s infrastructure. Is it any wonder, then, that food plays a principal role in the world-building of fiction realms and that some of the most famous and successful speculative fiction authors like Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins devote a extraordinary amount of narrative time to the central questions of how, why, and where their characters eat?

A fresh start for the new Supergirl on the block.

We’ve had our hands full with different takes on the Superman mythos for years. Whether it be radio, television, film or comics there really isn’t much time to wait between adaptations of America’s favorite illegal alien. So I was more than a little excited to see the next big S on the living room screen […]

“Obi Wan . . . You ARE the Father!”

Recently a certain section of the hive mind collective unconscious of the internet noticed a striking similarity between two actors . . . Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Mark Hamill in The Force Awakens (2015), and this has ignited creative theories that Obi Wan Kenobi could have been Luke’s REAL father!

Movie Review: Frankenstein’s Monster (2013)

There are a lot of short Steampunk films out there, but the folks over at First Step Cinematics tried their hand at a full-length Steampunk adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale.

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup October 2015

Here’s What’s on Tap Right Now Publishing Boston Metaphysical Society #6, Ends Nov. 6 Watch the video:   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/488929101/boston-metaphysical-society-chapter-6/widget/video.html Madeleine Holly-Rosing, writer/creator of the comic BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY announced the launch of her campaign to fund the printing of the final issue of the steampunk supernatural six issue mini-series. “It’s been three years in the making and […]

What is Afrofuturism?

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and it’s perfect time to talk about Afrofuturism. Ofeibea Loveless gives you a primer.

We Are Living In the Cyberpunk Future of 1984: William Gibson at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

The Pandora Society heads to Lexington, Kentucky, to meet Cyberpunk godfather, William Gibson.

Myth versus Marvel

Thor is best known today as one of the Avengers, and his brother Loki is the villain we most love to hate. But they’ve been around for much longer than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thousands of years longer, in fact. For those of us who grew up on mythology, it can be amusing to watch […]

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