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.
Nebula Award finalist novellas are plot-twisty, gender-bending, humorous, and pithy with Big Questions in a smaller, digestible format.
It’s Nebula Awards season! Our editors share their thoughts on a selection of nominees for Best Shorty Story and Best Novelette.
Head into the swamps with some fallen families and wild grotesques in Part 2 of our Southern Gothic extravaganza.
Adeyemi's breakout debut features a richly drawn world inspired by West African traditions, compassionate social commentary, and a new take on magic.
On the page or on screen, Annihilation will test the limits of what you know about the world and yourself.
How much more Gothic could The Atrocities be? None. None more Gothic.
An exploration of Southern Gothic speculative literature.
Going from beloved classic book to blockbuster movie is a tricky proposition. The writers at Fiction Unbound weigh in on what worked, and what didn't.
Kelly Robson's new novella cannily links time travel escapism to our ecological crisis.
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.
Tremble before the Cyclopean obscenity of our Valentine's Day recommendations!
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.
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.