Category Archives: Science Fiction

#4 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Adventure

Jules Verne was perhaps the first author to systematically incorporate the latest science into his work, becoming one of the biggest minds behind the idea of science fiction. Yet his focus wasn’t so much on sci-fi as it was on … Continue reading

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I’m Starting a Podcast!

A long time ago–around the time I started this blog, actually–I decided I was going toread all the classic novels of science fiction. It was a long list, so it’s taken me eight years to get through it, but I’m … Continue reading

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Dystopia as an Inverted Hero’s Journey: Act III

Act II Generally, in the traditional hero’s journey, The Ultimate Boon (or its equivalent), will be the climax of the story. What’s left is simply the denouement, and it will be covered very quickly if it is written out at … Continue reading

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Dystopia as an Inverted Hero’s Journey: Act II

Act I — Act III The second act of the traditional hero’s journey is usually (though not always) the adventure proper, from the time the hero leaves the ordinary world to go on his quest, to his victory over the … Continue reading

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Dystopia as an Inverted Hero’s Journey: Act I

Introduction — Act II This is the second post in my series analyzing dystopian literature as an inversion of the famous hero’s journey. If you want to know more about what I’m talking about, look at the previous post, but … Continue reading

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Dystopia as an Inverted Hero’s Journey: Introduction

Act I I’m starting a short series of posts where I analyze dystopian literature in a way that I haven’t seen anywhere else before. Dystopia is a catch-all category for fiction featuring tyrannical governments, post-apocalyptic worlds, or the general break-down … Continue reading

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What Should Happen in Star Wars Episode IX?

Well, the first teaser trailer has dropped for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. I can react a little to the trailer itself, but we don’t really know much yet. (That’s kind of the point of a teaser.) … Continue reading

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