Articles — science fiction

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, a Science-Fiction and Fantasy Pioneer

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Science-fiction and fantasy fans are sad to note the recent passing of celebrated author Ursula K. Le Guin at the age of 88. Le Guin, a popular author known for her thought-provoking novels, added literary depth and intellectualism to a field that does not always receive the recognition it deserves. Le Guin is also honored as an early feminist pioneer who often used the flexible medium of science fiction to examine difficult issues our society is grappling with today including gender, sexuality, and equal rights.   Le Guin’s books became widely read worldwide and have been translated into more than...

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A Wrinkle in Time and Five More Fantastic Time-Travel Books by Women

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One of the most well-known time-travel books of all time is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. This beloved story about Meg Murry, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace, and the forces of good and evil that impact their family is already a classic, and it’s about to become even more famous due to the new movie starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon that is due to be released in March 2018. In honor of Madeline L’Engle, who was one of the first women to win the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Awards,...

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Four Book Series to Check Out if You Love Game of Thrones

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The smash hit HBO series Game of Thrones had up to 16 million viewers for its most-watched episodes last year. Fans love the combination of grim political scheming and bloodshed mixed with elements of the fantastic like fire-breathing dragons, ice wights, and miraculous resurrections.  However, Westeros has come and gone from our television screens until possibly 2019. True fans will already know (and may already have read) that the series was inspired by the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. The series includes five published volumes and two more still to come. But what’s a...

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