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.
Don’t miss this latest release from Undertow Publications: All The Things We Never See by Michael Kelly. It will have you itching to create, which will be a good use of the time you used to spend sleeping.
Two ways to appreciate the prolific, Hugo-award winning Philip K. Dick: attend the 2nd International Philip K. Dick Festival and revisit one of his most popular novels.
Big corporations are destroying your books without explanation, probably because hosting the platform isn’t as profitable as expected.
C.S. Peterson returns from the writer’s paradise of Clarion West and reflects on risk, roller coasters, and relationships.
Ted Chiang’s second collection of award-winning stories, reviewed.
A Review of the excellent Sing Your Sadness Deep by British Fantasy Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro.
Author Jim Ringel discovers in Scott Smith’s The Ruins, Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian a different kind of eco-fiction.
Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of X radically disassembles womanhood into its surreal parts.
Happy 4th of July! The Unbound Writers are taking the week off but have left you a little something fun: staff kudos and zombies loving fireworks!
Want to wander the stars instead of the beach this summer? Travel in time? Discover something remarkable? We’ve got you covered with our latest round of recommendations.
Cadwell Turnbull’s debut novel cannily explores cycles of violence through an alien occupation of the Virgin Islands.
In her Pulitzer Prize nominated collection, Get in Trouble, Link delves into the delights and perils of being granted your heart’s desire.
If you are looking for an amazing theater experience this summer, look no further than your local Shakespeare festival. Shakespeare’s plays are seriously fun speculative fiction the whole family can enjoy. Not sure what to see? The Fiction Unbounders have some recommendations to get you started.
LeVar Burton carries on the bright legacy of his show Reading Rainbow with his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. We selected a few of our favorite speculative fiction stories from his collection of episodes to recommend.
If you are interested in the themes of mirrors and mothers, bodies as machines, daughters and madness, flowers and blood, then Georgina Bruce’s debut story collection is for you!
Fiction Unbound explores the fresh voices and exciting ideas that are the novellas nominated by SWFA members for the Nebula Awards. No predictions.
Headley’s retelling of Beowulf through the eyes of Grendel’s mother and Hrothgar’s wife takes on epic heroes, American veterans with PTSD, gentrification, the monstrosity of racism, and Edward Scissorhands.
Non-Western fantasies increase readers’ understanding of diverse histories and cultures in an increasingly xenophobic age.
Fiction Unbound continues our annual tradition of admiring the unique voices and daring ideas that are the short stories nominated by SWFA member writers for the Nebula Awards. No predictions.
Dystopia can be fun, in the right hands, but time loops probably aren’t. Example: our own era. Fiction Unbound writers Gemma and Catie explore stories that consider what the future may bring based on where we are presently, in the new collection A People’s Future of the United States.
Laini Taylor put a restriction on this project: killing couldn’t be the solution to her characters’ conflicts. The result is a harrowing exploration of nightmares, both lived and dreamed.
Whitney Scharer’s historical fiction The Age of Light is a sumptuous look into photographer and artist Lee Miller’s relationship with Man Ray. Set in Paris in the early 1930’s, this novel does a beautiful job of giving Lee Miller a strong, clear voice during her formative years as a artist.
2015 Man Booker winner Marlon James embraces epic fantasy with a non-conforming, lightning-paced tale that up-ends every expectation.
The award-winning Sarah Pinsker finally has a collection out, and it’s excellent.
We are halfway between winter and spring. The eagles have returned to their nests, the owlets have already hatched. But if you’re stuck in the doldrums, here are two books and a field trip to reawaken your imagination.
For Black History Month, some favorite short stories by new and classic black SF/F writers.
It’s time for the Fiction Unbound 3rd annual roundup of speculative fiction recommendations to gift your beloved. Sure to please.*
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Undertow Publications is a small press that has won the Shirley Jackson award for best edited anthology. Their lauded anthology, Year’s Best Weird Fiction went from endangered to extinct with Volume 5. Come celebrate this beautiful volume and learn about this press, which despite this set back, has amazing books on offer this year.
The Indian Hindu epic The Ramayana unifies and defines the divergent cultures of Southeast Asia.
Newman’s novel is an inspired time-travel story and a troubled look at progressive hopes.
Revel in the love of great writing, great stories, and all things speculatively ass-kicking. Read the most recent post in Appreciations.
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