Great Worldbuilding

By Jennifer K. One of the things I love about science fiction and fantasy is the worldbuilding. It’s hard to explain what good worldbuilding is, but you know bad worldbuilding when you read it. What if the world is exactly like our world, except everyone has magic powers? Then it wouldn’t be exactly like our world […]

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Mind Hacks and Occipital Jacks: Cyberpunk Books and Media

By Isaac H. Before you think it, this blog post is not about the Borg from Star Trek. Sorry fellow Trekkies and Trekkers. It’s also not about the Cybermen, fellow Whovians. In all fairness it could’ve been about either. It might ‘kinda’ be about either. You know what, it probably will be at some point […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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On Inspiration and Margaret Atwood

By Kristi S. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I have a vivid memory of finishing the last page of The Handmaid’s Tale and taking that deep breath that comes when you set down a book and you know it will stay with you forever. The next morning, I showed up at the […]

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Your Heroes Might Be Villains

By Isaac H. Have you ever watched or re-watched a movie and thought to yourself “I see why the hero(es) needed to win, but was the villain(s) sort of right”? Alternatively, have you ever noticed that the goals of the hero could be seen as questionable or even villainous?  I’ve had these epiphanies after watching […]

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Near Future Fiction

By Isaac H. The arrival of the new year always brings a call to reflection for me. Depending on how the year has been, this reflecting is usually on how swiftly another year has whisked by.  Alternative, it can also be a reflection on how the year seemed to drag on forever and never seemed […]

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Mary Shelley and Her Monster

by Lindsey A. 2018 marks the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley. With this book, the science fiction genre was spearheaded by a teenage girl. Many associate Frankenstein with this guy, or this guy, or maybe even this guy. As a student of literary studies (i.e., English), I spent a […]

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LibraryReads List November 2018

by Lindsey A. Well! October flew by. This publishing season has given us a cornucopia of treasures. I’ve been reading nonstop. Maybe that’s why the month seemed so short! LibraryReads features some exciting titles in their latest list of librarian-picked books releasing this month. Not only do we get new installments to popular series (Chief […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Strange Speculations

by Emily Z. Once upon a time, I couldn’t stand short stories. Eventually I learned I was just reading the wrong ones. In celebration of this month’s Beyond Bestseller’s theme, I’m sharing some of my newly discovered besties. The collections I’ve collected here are all certainly something else, something quite other and strange. Their tales […]

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LibraryReads List August 2018

by Lindsey A. August is the month of women! Every author featured on this month’s LibraryReads list is a woman, and the books themselves are female-focused. Just an observation! At the top of the list is Vox by Christina Dalcher, a compelling dystopian novel about a future in which women are limited to speaking 100 […]

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