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

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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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My Favorite Things: Non-Speculative Edition

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Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we (usually) gab about the greatest in geek. But with April Fools having recently passed, we thought we’d shake things up a little. No pranks! We promise. Instead, we thought that we’d share a little more about us. Because here at Speculative Chic, the focus is always on the speculative:…

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Chain Reaction: Three Madcap Time-Travel Adventures

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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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My Favorite Things: Comedic Sidekicks, Fanfiction, and More Love for Alien Languages

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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, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about an incredibly funny (and gif-able) actor on the CW’s Supergirl, the top fanfiction you need in your…

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

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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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My Favorite Things: Stranger Things, SyFy Makeup Artists, and Geek-Chic Fragrances

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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, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about a nostalgia driven trailer for season two of one of our favorite Netflix projects, a reality competition show…

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Roundtable: Favorite Love Stories

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Ah, love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you don’t need to be in a relationship, nor do you need to read romance, to really appreciate a good love story. They’re everywhere, especially in speculative fiction. From Han and Leia’s “I love you”/”I know” in Star Wars to Westley’s “As you wish” to Buttercup…

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Roundtable: My First Fandom

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Welcome to the Speculative Chic Roundtable! You’re used to hearing us gather and share our thoughts on movies and our favorite things, but we thought it might be fun to chat about other topics that relate to speculative fiction as well. To kick off this new column, I asked: What was your very first speculative fiction fandom and how did…

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Chain Reaction: Crossing Over — Three Tales of Thin Places, Goblins, and Fairies

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In Celtic mythology, “thin places” are spots where this world and the Otherworld allow inhabitants to cross over. The most famous example is actually Halloween, followed by the tale of Tam Lin, and Cristina Rosetti’s classic poem “Goblin Market.” Halloween, or Samhain (pronounced SAH-ween), took place just after the harvest and was thought to be a time when the boundaries…

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