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

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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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My Favorite Things: Murderbots, Milestone Movies, Superheroic Women, and Dragon Age

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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, three of our selections are perfect for book lovers. This includes a brand new sci-fi novella with a murderous protagonist,…

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The Rich Fantasy of A Taste of Honey: A Review

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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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Roundtable: Hollywood, Do This Instead!

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We already know that Hollywood buys up far more properties than it can possibly adapt for the big and small screen. Sometimes, those properties are adapted to great success, and other times, fans wish that Hollywood had never heard of their favorite property. Last month, the contributors of Speculative Chic told Hollywood what to leave alone, so it made perfect…

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Sound Off! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, “I am Groot” and discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which premiered in the United States on Friday, May 5, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a…

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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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