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.
With the exciting film release of A Wrinkle in Time, the Fiction Unbounders went back to the source material and re-lived some childhood magic.
Le Guin dreamed whole realities that forced us to reexamine assumptions we took for granted, and to see new ways forward.
From recent takes to enduring classics, we love time travel stories.
Wild, raging girls seem to be everywhere these days, from movies like Logan to books like The Girl with All the Gifts.
Here at Fiction Unbound, we're ready for 2018. Are you? Here are our literary New Year's resolutions and a look back at our personal moments and favorite books of 2017.
The Last Jedi turns expectations upside down and fans inside out.
The Unbound Writers look back on the wild ride that was 2017 and gear up for what comes next.
Some holiday traditions are better than others.
When the weather outside gets frightful, make the most of the atmosphere by treating yourself to one of these cold-weather classics of speculative fiction.
In honor of Ishiguro's Nobel lecture last night, we revisit our woolly musings on 2015's The Buried Giant.
The Unbound Writers picked their favorites to recommend books that will see you and your friends and families through the holiday season and beyond.
S.A. Chakraborty's debut novel sweeps readers away on a flying carpet to the magical city of Daevabad, where Cairo orphan Nahri will learn the truth - both the incredible and the ugly - about her family's history.
Need an epic fix while you wait for the Game of Thrones finale? Look no further than the beauty and bluntly rendered brutality of Linnea Hartsuyker's adrenaline-fueled historical novel set in ninth-century Norway.
The Unbound Writers go trick-or-treating down Memory Lane for Halloween horror recommendations.
Read Strange Weather with a nice warm blanket you can hide under.
This Friday the 13th the Fiction Unbounders discuss their favorite Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and how these tales became the source material for favorite childhood nightmares.
Paolo Bacigalupi's Tool of War examines questions of biological determinism, free will and the unforeseen consequences of genetic engineering.
If you have a craving for lush, high-fantasy there is no one better than Patricia A. McKillip
Carmen Maria Machado's astonishing short story collection queers reality itself.
The Twilight Pariah, part ghost story, part murder mystery, swings from the craftily conventional to the truly inventive.
Whether reading online or listening to podcasts during your commute, some of the best writing in speculative fiction is debuting in online venues.
What do Logan, the noir-Western superhero film featuring the classic brooding antihero of the X-Men, and Hillbilly Elegy, the memoir by J.D. Vance, have in common? Put on some Jonny Cash, pour yourself a bourbon and let's talk.
Rounding out our coverage of the 2017 Hugo winners, with special congratulations to Lois McMaster Bujold for winning the first-ever "Best Series" Hugo Award.
An Unbound writer comes back from the Clarion SF/F Writers Workshop and into a dystopian moment.
In Miller's poignant debut novel the power to control and the power to discover truth are superhuman abilities in a world where everything is in doubt.
The Unbound Writers appreciate Hugo Award nominee short stories.
Jeff VanderMeer's new novel is a rare science fiction treasure.
No one is reading more dark fiction than Ellen Datlow. Her knowledge of the horror genre is deeper than mine or yours.
In the second book of Sarah Beth Durst's The Queens of Renthia fantasy series, an ordinary woman finds that to save her family she may first have to save the world.
Native American ghost story? Psychological thriller? Portrait of a young mind struggling to cope with unspeakable grief and existential rage? Stephen Graham Jones's haunting novella is all of the above, and more.
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.