The Beginning of Genre in Film

Interesting that the first few films where a story played out were works of science fiction. Georges Melies’ A Trip To The Moon (1902) is a standout. Laughable today for its special effects, it still gave future film-makers what to look for in an unpredictable future where technology would expand the borders of entertainment. A […]

Vanished! Mysterious Disappearances Haunt the Imagination–By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Vanished! Mysterious Disappearances Haunt the Imagination

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Is there anything scarier than meeting a ghost in a graveyard or finding a demon in the pantry? How about a mysterious disappearance? Nothing gets our ticker going like a good mystery and the best mysteries involve a disappearing act that baffles – and sometimes chills […]

The Apocalypse: Greatest Hits by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Every time I hear someone talk about how the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012, I feel like hitting them on the back of the head with a textbook on Prehispanic cultures. If you know anything about the Mayan calendaric system you’d instantly realize that the doomsday date is a whole lot […]

Steampunk 101

Steampunk is one of the hottest markets in popular fiction today. Walk in to a Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention and you’re likely to see the fandom strutting around in Victorian era garb, accessorized with timepieces and aviator goggles. You may even see a few buttons proclaiming “Steampunk is the new Renaissance Faire.”

Despite its […]