Speculative Fiction Continues to Tilt Toward Young Adult Readers

– By Jacob Foxx – If you’ve worked in a bookstore the past decade or two, you’ve probably noticed something strange going on in speculative fiction. Publishers are making bank on young adult titles, pushing aside traditional “high-brow” genre fiction. These novels sport younger protagonists, young adult themes, and bend more toward action and away […]

Writing with an Agenda

– Paulie Spiceflow – What is the difference between thoughtful social commentary and blatant political propaganda? Science fiction authors often try to do one but end up doing the other. Some works become literary classics while others are dismissed as preachy, shameless propaganda and fall into irrelevance. Why does some social science fiction novels thrive […]

Panem Et Circenses

– Jacob Foxx – In an era of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, and retreads, it is important to recognize and appreciate a truly 21st century story. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy has broken countless records and is one of the few successful franchises without a predecessor. According to Scholastic, over 50 million copies of […]

Why Does Dystopian Fiction Focus so much on the Young?

– By Jacob Foxx – Popular music has belonged to the youth since MTV. The most popular artists desperately battle for the attention of kids ages 12 to 21, sometimes shamelessly appealing to teenage angst and hormonal overload. Yet it is somewhat surprising to see literature, especially dystopian literature, shift its focus to the youth. […]

Science Fiction in the Year 2015

– By Jacob Foxx – This is an important year for science fiction. It is the year Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to from 1985 in the DeLorean time machine. There were hoverboards, self-drying clothes, flying cars, giant 3D advertising, instant news, and instant pizza. Most miraculously, the Cubs won the World Series. Unfortunately, […]

The Movies of Fall

                    – By Paulie Spiceflow – The summer of giant lizards, apes, and superheroes is over. The falling temperatures and turning leaves bring a change in mood. Explosions, martial arts fighting, and witty one-liners just don’t do it anymore. That doesn’t mean we won’t have blockbusters. […]

Who are the Science Fiction Masters of the 21st Century?

  By Jacob Foxx A week ago I was watching Prophets of Science Fiction on Science Channel, and a thought occurred to me. It is an awesome show about the eight great science fiction writers of all time and how their work inspired science and engineers to make their fictional technologies come to life. It […]