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 →
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.
The Birth of a Sub-Genre That's Like Playing a Video Game from the 1980s Today William Gibson’s Neuromancer has been regarded as the novel that gave birth to the cyberpunk sub-genre. This claim is for good reason too; it introduced the world to the grand world of the matrix and the high-tech dystopia. Yet, for... Continue Reading →
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is considered to be the first modern science fiction novel. Yet, despite it ushering in modern science fiction and horror, it's a terribly written mess of a book that has been adapted better over time.
The sun has now set on another Adelaide Writer’s Week. Ending on March 10, the 2022 Adelaide Writer’s Week was one bursting with inspiring authors and books. It’s hard to talk about all of them, so I thought I would discuss some aspects of the week that we both enjoyed.
Of Philip K. Dick's many "greats", the one book of his that is, in my opinion, his "greatest" is The Man in the High Castle. This book is a “great” of the genre which still holds up well, despite its now overdone ideas and two-dimensional characters.
Matt Alt’s 2020 book Pure Invention tackles the large and sprawling topic of Japanese popular culture, and comes out as an engaging read that’s as informative as it is nostalgic.
Many outlets have called it the “greatest science fiction book ever written”. Yet, in my opinion, this claim makes it a very overrated “great” of the genre.
They are the “greats” of speculative fiction, ones which either inspired entire sub-genres or re-defined the genre in some way. Yet, as I read through some of these over the years, I found myself asking one question: are they really that great? Are they legendary, just good, or is it all just hype?