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Twenty Sides to Every Story

War-gamers who valued accuracy scoffed at the fanciful orcs and mages of Dungeons & Dragons.<p>Gary Gygax may not be a household name, but in 1974 he released Dungeons & Dragons, a game to conjure with. It launched the new genre of fantasy role-playing games, which has become an inescapable feature of …

Jack Kirby: Hand of Fire Roundtable (Part 1) | The Comics Journal

<i>Editor's note: Jeet Heer conducted this roundtable on the occasion of Charles Hatfield’s book,</i> Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby. <i>The</i> …

Sorry, J.R.R. Tolkien is not the father of fantasy

With the “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” sitting atop the box-office list—as now seems automatic for each of Peter Jackson’s vivid renderings …

11 Science Fiction Books That Are Regularly Taught in College Classes

We all learn a lot from reading science fiction books—not just the cool ideas, but also the fascinating thought experiments. But college professors …

John Barth, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter, and the "Masculine Narrative"

In this, the season of John Carter, I have found my thoughts occasionally returning to the year 1976 when I was a graduate student in a seminar on …

The Farthest Horizon

The Farthest Horizon<p>A Guide to the Short Fiction of Raymond F. Jones<p>Raymond F. Jones was a fan of science fiction stories in his teens and early …

The weird worlds of African sci-fi

African sci-fi features all manner of weird and outlandish things, from crime-fighting robots to technological dystopias. But could they be closer to …

Science Fiction

Best Oughts Adventure

<b>1904.</b> Jack London’s sea-going adventure <i>The Sea Wolf</i>. A clash of opposing philosophies, one of which — quasi-Nietzschean; more accurately Social …

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius<p>In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, …

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Tarzan Revisited

As a boy, Gore Vidal read all 23 Tarzan novels. As an adult he looks back on Edgar Rice Burroughs's work and finds the male archetype remains compelling.<p><b>There are so many things</b> the people who take polls never get around to asking. Fascinated as we all are to know what our countrymen think of great …

70,000 Years of Human History in 400 Pages

Image <i>Yuval Noah Harari.</i>In <i>Sapiens</i>, Yuval Noah Harari recounts how humans have developed from brutes to demigods in the course of their evolutionary …

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …