Supernatural Fiction Supernatural fiction (properly, "supernaturalist fiction") is a literary genre exploiting or requiring as plot devices or themes some contradictions of the commonplace natural world and materialist assumptions about it. In its broadest definition, supernatural fiction includes examples of weird fiction, horror fiction, fantasy fiction, and such sub-genres as vampire literature and the ghost story. Elements of supernatural fiction can be found in writing from genres such as science fiction. Amongst academics, readers and collectors, however, supernatural fiction is often classed as a discrete genre defined by the elimination of "horror", "fantasy" and elements important to other genres. The one genre supernatural fiction appears to embrace in its entirety is the traditional ghost story. In the twentieth century, supernatural fiction became associated with psychological fiction. See also Supernatural drama References ^ Jump up to: a b Glen Cavaliero. Further reading
YA Author By Day... So I can’t believe I did it, but I did—I watched them all. Well, mostly. I only made it through part of Reign. 30-second reviews of the wildly entertaining and slightly overwhelming Thursday line-up. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: So, we all agree that last week’s episode was ridiculous, yes? GREY’S ANATOMY: This was mostly a relationship/sexy times episode with a sad cancer story worked in. PARENTHOOD: OMG, Parenthood, I just love. GRADE: A (because Parenthood rules) SCANDAL: (Are you dying yet? Oh, Scandal.
Stories Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh I passed a lithe cormorant of a woman trying on gas masks at a street kiosk. She was gazing intently into a little round mirror mounted on a telephone pole, wearing a cute round avocado-colored mask. I loved the way she moved, loved her librarian glasses and her buzz-cut. The lanky beauty left my field of vision. Not that I'd ever approach a woman on the street; I hated guys who did that. And like a line of song stuck in my head, I thought of Deirdre, who had last ignited that flame, and felt a familiar stab of guilt. What had she done with my photos? There had been no cut-up pile greeting me in the doorway the day I broke up with her. I missed them to my bones. I slowed as I passed Jittery Joe's Coffee, hoping against hope to score a cup. I spied a sexy pair of legs in the crowd, strutting my way. A busty black woman with dreadlocks and tribal scarring hurried past. There was a bamboo outbreak on thirty-ninth street. The asphalt cracked and popped. “ID?”
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – review Last year, two novels divided pretty much all the big SF literary prizes between them. China Miéville's fable of urban duplicity, The City & the City, won the BSFA and Arthur C Clarke awards; and Paolo Bacigalupi's energetic future-thriller The Windup Girl won the John W Campbell and the Locus first novel. The duopoly of merit was reinforced when the genre's biggest prize, the Hugo, split its novel award between Miéville and Bacigalupi: a pretty much unprecedented event. Evidently, it's the wisdom of SF crowds that these two novels represent the best contemporary writing the genre has to offer. Accordingly, readers interested but not expert in contemporary SF and wondering where to start – the sci-fi-curious, we might say – could do a lot worse than these titles. Its strongest feature is the worldbuilding – the intricately believable portrait of a future Thailand fighting back from environmental collapse.
The Techno-Pagan Octopus Messiah - Review - Mumbai Vacation Ian Winn's debut novel, The Techno Pagan Octopus Messiah, is nothing less than superb. It is a shame that Terrance McKenna, internet shaman, advocate of psychedelics, and author of Food of the Gods, he who had predicted the end of the Mayan calendar, did not live long enough to read it. Imagine if you would, a Jewish-American writer from California that is part Jack Kerouac, part William Burroughs, part Timothy Leary, part Paul Theroux, with a dash of Shirley MacLaine thrown in, and that is what you have in the novel and writings of one Ian Muir Winn (named after the Naturalist John Muir), a self-imagined messiah and the self-proclaimed Serpent Muse of Poetry.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X - James Patterson Fiction/General Hardcover ISBN: 0316002925 $19.99/U.S. 272 pages 8 1/2 x 9 4/5 Little, Brown And Company Paperback (mass market) ISBN: 0316002933 $7.99/U.S. 288 pages 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 Little, Brown Young Readers HE WAS BORN WITH GREAT POWER The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power. AND A DEADLY SECRET Daniel's secret abilities–like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to re-create himself in any shape he chooses–have helped him survive. NOW THE FATE OF THE WORLD RESTS ON DANIEL X From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Now, on his own, he vows to carry out his father's mission–and to take vengeance in the process. True Confessions My name is Daniel, and this is the first volume of my life story, which, hopefully, will be a very long and distinguished one. 1.
Swati Avasthi: Writer Satori in the Dust Bowl: A Review of Seed by Rob Ziegler About a century from now, climate change has caused a new Dust Bowl in the Corn Belt, resulting in major famine across the United States. Most of the surviving population leads a nomadic existence, migrating across the ravaged landscape in search of habitable, arable land. Decades of war, resource depletion and population decline have left the government practically powerless. Gangs and warlords rule the land. The only thing staving off full-blown starvation is Satori, a hive-like living city that produces genetically engineered drought-tolerant seed. Seed follows three separate but connected plots. What’s interesting about Seed are the huge differences in tone between the three plots. The way Rob Ziegler manages to weave these three highly disparate stories into one cohesive narrative is impressive. The resulting novel is a real page-turner filled with interesting characters and pulse-raising action scenes.
VersoBooks.com Andreas Malm: Our Fight for Survival In this article, originally published on the Jacobin website, Andreas Malm (author of Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming) argues that ahead of COP21, and with Hollande's clampdown on protests around Paris in the weeks of the conference, that confronting climate change through militant resistence in the streets is more important than ever. The climate negotiations entered their final day, and we geared up for our most audacious action. Several buses brought four hundred activists to different locations near the conference hall. Adrenaline running, we walked fast toward the gates and the guards. After a week of discussing sea level rise, eating vegan food, blocking car traffic, and marching in the streets dressed as polar bears and turtles, we were out to make a real difference.Continue Reading By John Merrick / 01 December 2015 Jason W.