Author Archives : Carey Ballard

Chain Reaction: Wanna Neck? An October List of Vampire Stories


To me, Halloween is way more exciting than Christmas. The entire month of October is just a holiday that just happens to end in an actual holiday. (It’s not just for kids!) My friends and I are free to read horror stories, scare ourselves by watching horror movies, dress up as our favorite characters, and/or flout homeowner associations by decorating our…

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My Favorite Things with Carey Ballard


They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, the weekly column where we grab someone in speculative circles to gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we sit down with Speculative Chic contributor Carey M. Ballard! What does Carey love?…

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Chain Reaction: Is This The Real Life, or Am I Tripping? Two Metafictional Novels and A Movie


Anyone ever read Don Quixote? I promise it isn’t all about tilting at windmills and going on impractical adventures. In fact, in the second half of the story Don Quixote reads the same story we just read. This is metafiction — when an author makes literary characters aware that they’re in a book and they are characters, not people; sometimes…

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The Rich Fantasy of A Taste of Honey: A Review


A Taste of Honey (2016) Written by: Kai Ashante Wilson Genre: Fantasy Pages: 100 (Nook) Publisher: Tor/Forge Why I Chose It: Many reasons. That gorgeous cover, for one. The story is about two men of color, and that’s what’s on the cover. (Because publishers whitewashing book covers is a thing.) Also because I haven’t read much fantasy lately. And lastly…

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Chain Reaction: Three Marvel Female Superheroes Who Need Their Own Movie, STAT


With DC’s Wonder Woman finally due to hit theaters on June 2 (after which I will formally change my bio), it’s just not possible to stop thinking of other characters that need their own silver screen treatments. Because come on already. Before I started reading Wonder Woman a few years ago, I was a die-hard Marvel girl. I grew up on…

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Chain Reaction: Three Madcap Time-Travel Adventures


Who doesn’t love a good time-traveling adventure? Although more serious time-travel stories — 12 Monkeys [the film], Ray Bradbury’s classic short story “A Sound of Thunder” (1952), the TV series Continuum (discussed in a prior post) or the film Primer — can break your brain (especially Primer!), time travel has enchanted audiences since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in the…

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Chain Reaction: Three TV series Cut Off In Their First Season


I’m a sucker for series that only get short runs. I like ruminating about untapped potential, I suppose; the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens make great daydreaming material (and story fodder). Every so often there’s talk of reviving Firefly, Joss Whedon’s beloved 2002 space western series, whose fans often feel was given short shrift by FOX. Firefly’s first season was fourteen episodes…

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