Genre Focus – Slipstream

by Caleb Sica

While browsing the depths of the genres science fiction and fantasy I came across a particular inhabitant that was quite intriguing—Slipstream. An unorthodox category, Slipstream’s embodiment of its identity derives from the virtue of its vagueness. Made recently popular to those previously unaware by a Wall Street Journal Article, (which I cannot read due to my lack of a subscription) Slipstream was first coined by the science fiction author Bruce Sterling in his 1989 publication in the Science Fiction Eye. Heavily critical of the detrimental direction his practiced genre was taking, he shamed the vastness of it, saying that “SF has become a self-perpetuating commercial power-structure, which happens to be in possession of a traditional national territory: a portion of bookstore rackspace.” Continue reading

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Review – The Infernal Aether – Peter Oxley

by Meera Nair

Oxley, Peter - The Infernal AetherWhen an act of bravado lands Augustus and Maxwell Potts into a war between two realms, they hadn’t realized how fast their normal lives would spiral out of reach. They begin to be hounded by monstrosities from Hell.  Add to that Andras, a seemingly invincible evil incarnate, who is bent on making puppets out of Gus and Maxwell. Excited by the weak nature of humanity, Andras decides to make Earth the new Hell, by opening a portal into the Aether (i.e. the spirit realm). Together with N’yotsu and Kate, the brothers embark on a long journey that takes them all around London and the British countryside, in an attempt to defeat Andras and his posse.  Continue reading

Review — Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller

Liefdom ImagePrinces, fairies, wizards, demons—Liefdom brings you into a world where the lands of men, the fae, and Hell clash in an epic story about love, darkness, violence, and destiny.

The day the prince is born in a scene of blood and pain, the first warrior fairy in centuries is born outside of Liefdom, the fairy capital. Shunned by his city, Gentry Mandrake battles with his inherent love for his homeland and his people and the violent destiny he sees in his future to protect his child, the prince.

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The Benefits of the EU (not that one)

by Sam Honour

Have you ever had the feeling, when you’ve reached the end of a book or film, when you say “man, I want to know what happens next” except you can’t and never will? Book’s over, roll credits, shop’s closed. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way that you could continue on the adventure with the characters you’ve grown to love? Enter the EU (not that one!) Continue reading

GOT WOT? A series that can unseat the king of fantasy?

by DA Johnson

Martin, George RR - A Song of Ice and FireIt was April 17th, 2011, when HBO debuted an epic- fantasy series based on George R. R. Martins books “A Song of Ice and Fire”, nobody was prepared for the impact that the series would have on the premium networks, cable TV, and the fantasy genre. Known as Game of Thrones, the epic story is nearing its end as the 7th of 8 seasons airs this July. Out of all the questions the series has posed over the past 6 years, now that it’s nearing its end, the biggest question of all is being asked:  Is there anything out there that could make a better fantasy tv series? The answer is Yes. Continue reading

Review — Escape from Eden by Rachel McClellan

Escape From Eden ImageEscape From Eden… A sequel to a book that I couldn’t be bothered to look up, due to the disappointment and anger this one caused in me. I hated every second of it, and on multiple occasions I wished to burn the book, but it was on my phone, so you know…

Another drawn-out, chewed-up idea about a strong woman who defies the odds and rises like a phoenix from the ashes of the lives that she destroyed, but somehow managed to convince herself and everyone around that she is not at fault. I’d understand one book, but a three-part series? Come on Rachel, you’re better than this. Continue reading

Writing for the Web vs. Writing Literature

Pete: This article was written by Tedel, a Peruvian writer who is the author of a cultural project called Heptagrama.

Heptagrama

I’m very glad to be able to share what I learnt with you.

My story as a writer began when I was fourteen years old. I was perhaps too young to produce something worth publishing then, but still, I was glad to hear an editor say I had “much potential” when I was nineteen and I tried to get published for the first time.

That was the first and only time I tried to get published by an editorial company. They didn’t want to publish my manuscript because, and I quote, “everybody likes poetry but nobody buys it, and this is a business, after all.” Continue reading