Recently, I’ve been reading Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created by Laura Miller. It outlines literary works with the best world-building across history, from early myths to modern sci-fi/fantasy franchises. Inspired by this, I’d like to share with you some of the books with the most immersive settings I’ve ever read, books that had me walking their worlds long after I closed the pages. (I skipped the obvious ones like Harry Potter, which were of course featured in Literary Wonderlands.) Continue reading Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy
As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.
Does space travel and the possibility of discovering new worlds interest you? What about the unending ethical dilemmas of cloning? If you also appreciate Science Fiction when it focuses on personal inner conflict and the day-to-day aspect of life in at the lonely edge of the galaxy, then Joe M. McDermott‘s The Fortress at the End of Time might be right up your alley.
As the weather turns colder, if you’re anything like me, you want to lock yourself up inside and never venture out into that face-hurting blustery “wonderland.” To help you cope, here are some series to keep you busy while you’re all tucked up in a fluffy blanket by the fireside, ready to hibernate the season away.
As the only book in my Sci-fi classics post that I hadn’t actually read, Dune by Frank Herbert was at the top of my reading pile as I embarked on Sci-fi summer. While I cannot deny that the world-building is excellent and that it helped establish many tropes of its genre, I remained highly conscious of the complex and problematic depiction of women throughout my reading.
As more and more blockbuster superhero movies come out, I find myself getting caught up in the spandex-fever, watching each one in theaters, following related news posts, and getting excited for works still a year or more away (I’m looking at you, awesome Wonder Woman trailer). Each time, I find myself thinking that I may enjoy the movie even more if I knew more about each character’s background, their past iterations, their relationships with other characters, and the choices Hollywood made about what to change or what to leave in. In that light, I’ve decided to enhance my appreciation (not to mention my geek cred) by going to the source: comics. Continue reading This Geek Girl’s Attempt to Get into Superhero Comics
Welcome to the Thursday of Harry Potter Week! All this hubbub about the play script has got me thinking…What’s next? JKR already has quite the diverse repertoire. In addition to the original Harry Potter heptology, there are the reference books Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages, plus the book of fairytales, Beedle the Bard. Not to mention all her non-Harry-Potter-related adult works, some of which were written under a pseudonym. On the silver screen are the original eight movies and now Fantastic Beasts is on the way (with new content from JKR). And coming up is the drama production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and its script, which will be released on the 31st. Lastly, there is the interactive web experience that is Pottermore. So what genre or medium should J.K. Rowling tackle next? Let’s consider a few options: Continue reading What Should J.K. Rowling Try Next?
So you loved Hunger Games and Divergent–what’s next? How about checking out some of the classics and major players of the dystopia genre? In honor of the Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge I joined earlier this month, I figured I would delve into one of my favorite sci-fi subgenres. These first five are what I would consider the classics of dystopian literature, and the last two are some early dystopian YA works that stuck with me through the years. If the end of the world, totalitarian governments, and utopian societies gone wrong are your jam, you’ll definitely want to pick up some of these. Read down to the bottom to see how I’m doing on my reading challenge. Continue reading The Dystopia Literary Canon
There’s something about outer space, advanced technology, dystopian governments, and other sci-fi tropes that seem especially suited to summer. Maybe because the hot, lazy days make you want to stretch your mind to the world’s possibilities. In any case, since this book babe can definitely see herself toting some robot reads or steampunk stories in her beach bag over the next couple of months, the Daily Geekette has decided to join Fortified by Books’s Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge! Continue reading Geekettes Join Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge
On May 14th, women writers won the lion’s share of accolades, winning in all but a single category of one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious awards.