Fiction Unbound is a space to celebrate and explore great writing in speculative fiction—a space where genre and “the Western canon” mean nothing next to story, imagination, and quality. Do you like elves and aliens, but also good sentences? Do you love big novels, but can’t stand to read another searing, humane chronicle of a marriage in crisis? Welcome. You’re among friends.
Lidia Yuknavitch's dystopian fever dream, reviewed.
Fiction Unbound staff close the books for a night of adaptation television with Neil Gaiman's American Gods' premiere on Starz
Fiction Unbound reviews Ann Claycomb's debut novel The Mermaid's Daughter
Alternate histories always evoke questions of what could have been.
Think fairies are cute? Not when Sarah Beth Durst gets a hold of them. These woodland sprites have a bite. Only one woman will be able to keep these wild things under control, will it be our hero?
Steven Millhauser's short story "Phantoms” invites readers to consider the phantoms that haunt them. Jon considers his phantoms and how they expose his complicity in perpetuating prejudice against trans people.
The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman is a haunting collection of surreal turns and beautiful emotional honesty.
At the cultural crossroads of Cambodian folklore, belief and speculative literature, with emerging author Kay Chronister
It's Lent. What better time to contemplate Catholics in space? Theodore McCombs and CS Peterson discuss The Sparrow, A Canticle for Leibowitz and The Book of Strange, New Things.
The Reader is a meta-meditation on the mystical act of reading itself. With pirates. And assassins.
Need some book recommendations for Valentine's Day? Well, frak, don't ask us.
"The Expanse" frightens and thrills with a plot as old as literature: an unstoppable monster threatens to kill everyone but is resisted by imperfect heroes.
Unbound Writers Gemma Webster and Jon Horwitz-White pit text against film.
Family, identity, and the trouble with relatives living and dead.
Gemma Webster and Theodore McCombs conclude their three-part appreciation of Octavia Butler's groundbreaking Xenogenesis trilogy.
Rogue One shows how the Star Wars prequels (Episodes I-III) could have worked.
After a politically tumultuous 2016, Jon seeks solace in the fantasy worlds of Beth Cato and V.E. Schwab.
Our favorite books and posts from Year Two.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest with the Unbound Writers and enjoy this five-hour Darth Vader Yule Log.
Fiction Unbound attended MileHiCon and Unbound Writers Lisa Mahoney and CS Peterson contributed to its fund-raising anthology, “Adventures in Zookeeping".
In the transition from novel to BBC miniseries, any indulgent narrative excess is swept aside and the core story is allowed to breathe. You're allowed to love both.
Fiction Unbound interviews Erika Johansen about the role of religion in a democracy, the rise of powerful women protagonists, and more.
Magic and miracles on a long dark night. We recommend some great books to keep you and yours company until the sun returns.
In our second appreciation of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy, we look at the second generation of Lilith's Brood and his embrace of self-determinism, even at the highest costs.
"Luminous beings are we," says Yoda. Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum celebrates the creative process that brought to life a modern myth.
Think cyberpunk is passé? Think again. Nisi Shawl, Paolo Bacigalupi, Saladin Ahmed and others reboot the genre in this collection of tales of humanity's tomorrow.
Gem and Jon wade through the tired tropes that television can’t get enough of.
Star-crossed lovers, interstellar corporations run amok, biological warfare, artificial intelligence with a god complex ... what could possibly go wrong?
Is the world ready to say goodbye to the docile black man trope?
Paradoxes and chains of suspicion abound in the second book of Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy.
Revel in the love of great writing, great stories, and all things speculatively ass-kicking. Read the most recent post in Appreciations.
Browse the Unbound Writers' virtual curio cabinet. Recently in Curiosities.
Not sure what to read next? The Unbound Writers have you covered. Our most recent Review.
Speculative speculations. Intrigued? Here's our latest Speculation.