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.
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.
Death's End brings Chinese science fiction luminary Cixin Liu's mind-blowing trilogy to its inevitable and spectacular end.
Catherynne M. Valente's salty collection of comic-book women in refrigerators, reviewed.
Fiction Unbound's 2017 summer reading recommendations. Look no further for great speculative fiction to dive into this summer.
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology pairs perfectly with a visit to “Vikings: Beyond the Legend” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
We spoke with noir author and all-around cool guy, Benjamin Whitmer, to talk about his chosen genre, the likability of characters in darker stories, and his work at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
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.
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