Richard Matheson's 1954 novella, I Am Legend remains perhaps his best. It’s a book helped inspire new sub-genres in sci-fi and horror fiction. Yet, have real-world events toppled its status as a “great” of speculative fiction? Could it still be considered a “great”, despite this and its age?
So-Called “Greats”: The Shining
Contemporary horror fiction can be defined by a singular name: Stephen King. With so many "greats" from him to select from, it's hard to only talk about one. Yet, his "great", in my opinion, is his 1977 The Shining.
So-Called “Greats”: Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein is often categorised as one of the “big three” authors of mid-20th century science fiction, alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. With novels like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers, it’s clear his contribution to the genre is valid. Of all his works though, one stands out as... Continue Reading →
So-Called “Greats”: The Hobbit
The Unexpected Journey That Changed Fantasy No other author has influenced the fantasy genre more than British author J.R.R. Tolkien has. Simply put: there’s pre-Tolkien fantasy and fantasy after Tolkien. His works, particularly The Lord of the Rings, has influenced many aspects of the world of fantasy, from immense worldbuilding to an emphasis on European... Continue Reading →
When Things Are Alive They Hum
Hannah Bent’s 2021 debut fiction novel When Things Are Alive They Hum not only succeeds in having a unique story, but also is one that is full of multiple emotions and thought-provoking ideas on disability.