Brenna Yovanoff's Gothic monsters are full of teeth, and she is an author full of surprises.
In praise of complicated heroes in Ken Liu's epic fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is the world ready to say goodbye to the docile black man trope?
Unbound Writers, Theodor McCombs and Gemma Webster, bring you the first installment of their appreciation of the Xenogenesis trilogy: Dawn
Fairy tale elements and symbolism in Yaa Gyasi's debut, Homegoing
If you could communicate with the past without changing the present, would you do it? Of course you would.
Authors love to taunt troubled characters with mirrors.
Go big or go home when you're writing about opera.
The interactive nature of video games may not make for the purest, strongest story telling, but this year's E3 proves again games are creating some of the most ambitious speculative universes you can find.
Trivial fiends and ordinary grace in Hilary Mantel's literary fright show.
Two appreciations of Gold Fame Citrus, the debut novel from Claire Vaye Watkins.
Nevada and California battle over water rights on the Colorado River while the city of Phoenix lies in ashes in Paolo Bacigalupi’s post-apocalyptic novel.
Paolo Bacigalupi, the master of the dire sci-fi future, visits Fiction Unbound to talk about black-swan events, speculative fiction's power to contextualize the present, and what he has learned about his own creative process.
It broke my heart, but I did it anyway. I bought an anthology of 72 time travel stories even though not a single one of them was by Jack Finney.
Zelazny's works are essential speculative fiction classics and represent an important step in the evolution of science fiction and fantasy. He mixed various genres to produce entertaining, trail-blazing, genre-bending fiction.
Cromwell is the hero of his own life. Flawed, sure, and antihero most definitely, but hero nonetheless. This strong point of view is an asset in humanizing Cromwell, who is often seen as the cunning right hand to a fickle, sex-crazed violent king -- a role that would typically be characterized as a villain.
Military space opera sends carefully-crafted heroes on bold interplanetary adventures where ethical choices are not always black and white. Complex plots explode with military action, side love interests and high consequences for war's losers, while its themes often explore the consequences of bigotry and prejudice.
In The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer re-imagines four classic princesses and their associated princes. With the five-book series now complete, it's time to unpack these princesses and see what patterns, new and old, have emerged in their heroic journeys.
In "Revolt 1680/2180," an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, artist Virgil Ortiz explores a post-apocalyptic world informed by the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680, where the future echoes the past.
A look back at the year that was. At least, the cool stuff.
How do we insert the wonder of short stories into the crowd of things there’s no time for as easily as we watch our favorite Netflix shows? Speculative fiction podcasts!
Halloween weekend starts now, but the Unbound Writers have compiled enough frightening favorites to keep you shivering through the many cold months ahead.
Was "The Metamorphosis" the worst worker's comp claim, ever? Theodore McCombs talks Kafka as author by night, insurance adjuster by day, and introduces his own homage to poor Gregor Samsa on the 100th anniversary of this seminal story's publication.