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Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin
How local authors who work beyond the world we know meet, connect, and launch themselves into the business
"...a fannish good time, but somewhere aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror could meet and polish their..."

July 14, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Citizen Science
The enlightenment of Jeanne Liotta
"...intellectual about the Eurhythmics, but it's a song about fantasy, right? This search and long view – and one..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Screens Feature by Sarah Smith

Nisi Shawl Is Crossing the Streams of Fantastical Fiction
The Tiptree-winning author brings her new alt-history to the ATX
"...presenting as part of the latest iteration of Fantastical Fictions...."

Sept. 7, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Q&A Hole: What Got You Hooked On the Weird Stuff?
Waiting for the manlike creature with the glowing eyes
"...gateway drug in there somewhere. (In the case of science fiction, maybe a person’s gateway was even Frederik Pohl’s..."

July 13, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Nebula Over Austin
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honors del Toro, Chabon, Moorcock in Austin
"...a lot of genre-defining authors, but this weekend the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America held their annual..."

April 29, 2008 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Hugo Rising
The nominees for science fiction's best novel of 2013 find a new guard challenging the old
"...the city is playing host to the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, an international massing of authors, editors, and..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Arts Feature by Amy Gentry

Gritty sci-fi road trip has teen appeal
"...This mash-up of family drama and science fiction is a pleasant but unconvincing adventure with strong..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson's latest is a kaleidoscopic mess
"...The wildly extravagant sci-fi fantasy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is..."

July 21, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Twelve Monkeys
Gilliam cloaks a startlingly effective rumination on the nature of sanity and madness in the shroud of a sci-fi thriller.
"...newest film fits more squarely into the category of science fiction than that of fantasy, his quirky, disquieting, and..."

Jan. 5, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...good example and a fine introduction to the lighthearted science fiction genre that has become increasingly popular in the..."

Sept. 23, 1994 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

10,000 Anime Strong Throng at Project A-Kon
Dallas hosts the longest-running anime convention in North America
"...childrenÕs shows. In Japan, it encompasses all genres, especially science fiction and fantasy. It is this cross-genre nature of..."

June 18, 2009 Screens Post by Frederick Stanton

What the Filk?
Sci-fi and folk combine for one weird subgenre
"...It’s science fiction week here at the Chronicle, which means, musically,..."

July 25, 2008 Music Post by Doug Freeman

LoneStarCon 3: Countdown Commencing
Before this Worldcon in San Antonio, a look at the last one
"...On Thursday, the World Science Fiction Convention, which is hosted by a different city..."

Aug. 28, 2013 Books Post by Robert Faires

Gentlemen Broncos
With this new film, Jared Hess elicits none of the naive charm or flagrant silliness of his earlier movies, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
"...lines. Angarano stars as Benjamin, a home-schooled teen and science-fiction writer who lives with his mother (Coolidge) in a..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Day Watch
The second in a Russian science-fiction trilogy is a fantastic sight to behold, but don't try explaining the plot.
"...Galina Tyunina, Victor Verzhbitsky and Dima Martynov. This Russian science-fiction film is the middle work in a planned trilogy..."

June 15, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Cell
"...Catherine Deane, who allows herself, via some excessively vague science fiction, to have her own mind transferred into the..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

C. Robert Cargill Nominated for Clarke Award
Dr. Strange co-writer up for SF lit's biggest award
"...for the 32nd Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year for his third book,..."

May 2, 2018 Arts Post by Richard Whittaker

LoneStarCon 3: The Hugos
Who took home the prizes for best sf/fantasy of the year?
"...Hugo Awards are often called the Academy Awards of science fiction, and there were certain similarities apparent on Sunday..."

Sept. 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Book of the Stars, Stars of the Books
The 2008 Nebula Awards ceremony comes to Austin
"...It's the science-fiction and fantasy industry's version of the Oscars, this ceremony,..."

April 18, 2008 Books Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Romancing the Holmes
What inspired Sherry Thomas to turn Sherlock into Charlotte?
"...having built a following with a blend of YA fantasy (the Elementals trilogy), Victorian romance (the Fitzhugh series), and..."

Oct. 2, 2018 Arts Post by Rosalind Faires

The Cthulhu Humor of William Browning Spencer
Austin author William Browning Spencer finds the lighter side of Lovecraft and other horrors
"...recognizable only to a few fervid fans of dark fantasy literature, the eldritch ways of the Weird Tales author..."

Aug. 4, 2017 Arts Feature by Mike Berry

A Double Shot of Wry
Author Neal Barrett, Jr.
"...niche for himself as a leading purveyor of crime fiction with a trenchantly humorous twist. Although largely identified with..."

Nov. 28, 1997 Books Feature by Mike Shea

The Writing's Not on the Wall Yet
Austin's print culture gets a boost from a new batch of indie presses and literary magazines
"...BookWoman struggling, and Austin's flagship literary journal, American Short Fiction, on hold due to financial problems, it's no wonder..."

Dec. 14, 2012 Arts Feature by Amy Gentry

Aliens, Martian Colonies, and Dwarves
1997 Hugo Nominees Reviewed
"...These annual awards presented to the year's best speculative fiction are always a ripe cross-section of what is happening..."

Aug. 8, 1997 Books Feature

The Prey of Gods
In a future South Africa, writer Nicky Drayden deftly mixes gods and robots and shows us how they and humans deal with change
"...Gods and robots. In a work of science fiction, they might seem a motor oil-and-vinegar mix: one..."

Nov. 10, 2017 Books Review by Robert Faires

Page Two: Tales of the Pioneers
Hanging with Roller Derby queens and pulp fiction masters
"...his brother Earl began to publish stories in such science-fiction pulp magazines as Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Astounding, Wonder..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Column by Louis Black

After ArmadilloCon
Science fiction convention short on cosplay, big on literary advice
"...other literary convention: It just happens to be about science fiction, fantasy and interstitial literature. The three-day convention (see..."

Aug. 19, 2008 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Texas Book Festival 2018: Alternate Realities: Sci-Fi in 2018
V.E. Schwab and John Scalzi ponder the point of writing sci-fi
"...Why bother? Specifically, why do we need sci-fi or fantasy or any kind of fiction in a world that..."

Oct. 29, 2018 Arts Post by Elizabeth Cobbe

Kazuo Ishiguro Slays a Dragon
Acclaimed author returns with a fine novel of fantasy and foreboding
"...Note: Kazuo Ishiguro doesn’t write fantasy. And Margaret Atwood doesn’t write science fiction...."

March 7, 2015 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Books editor Clay Smith surveys what the September 11 attacks have done to several local bookstores' sales.
"...have dropped precipitously since September 11 at the local science fiction, fantasy, and mystery specialty store. Who cares about..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Books Column by Clay Smith

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