‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

The genre, which imagines stories and worlds shaped by climate change, is sometimes considered a cousin of science fiction.R. Burgmann, he calls pessimistic fatalism one of the major “paradigmatic responses to climate change in recent fiction.”.

Novels for Nature Lovers

Novels for Nature Lovers

But there are fictions writers out there who write well, and passionately, about the natural world.Many of them are written by novelists who are also scientists or science writers, and they all get the details of wildlife and wild places right.

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

“What do we learn from women?” Le Guin once asked.Morrison, too, passed away this decade, a year after Le Guin, at the immortal age of 88.Best Fiction of the Decade:.

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

Warner Bros., the studio behind the movies, tried to crack down on all the fan fiction, bombarding fansites with threatening cease-and-desist letters; it took entertainment giants a long time to realize that fandoms actually generate enthusiasm (and therefore revenue).

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

Though white nationalist fantasies are loosely based on real events, modern elaborations are often authored by people with no actual connection to the original place or people, and their fairy tales can be self-propagating.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

The Internet Made Dumbledore Gay

The Internet Made Dumbledore Gay

It’s the kind of thing people write on social media after a tense scene between two heavily “ shipped ” characters, or when fan-favorite actors get cozy off set.

Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

The annual event, hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, featured two days of panels, screenings, and book signings, as well as the wall-to-wall cosplay that's become a staple at any fan convention.

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Two years later it bought independent audiobook producer, Brilliance Audio , and launched its own e-book publisher, Kindle Direct Publishing , concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle e-reader.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on Television

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on Television

The Good Place’s Janet Is the Most Optimistic AI on TVOver it’s three-season run, The Good Place has received near-universal acclaim for somehow making moral philosophy funny and upbeat, but one of the most powerful things about the show is its visionary depiction of Janet, an otherworldly virtual assistant.NBCScience fiction is where artificial intelligence goes to suffer.

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future

Genre, as always, is a good tool for taking big ideas and making them fight.Robinson has been writing since the 1980s, but it was arguably Red Mars, the first book in a trilogy about the colonization and terraforming of you-know-where, for which he became best known.