10 Books For the Flight to Mars

Column by Leah Dearborn
Space exploration has been a popular topic in recent publishing, with a growing number of voices writing on the subject. Here are 10 books to keep you company for the (very) long flight.
Blood in the Gears: Jeremy Barlow on Writing Comics

Blood in the Gears: Jeremy Barlow on Writing Comics

Interview by Tyler Jones
Jeremy Barlow talks Star Wars, Aliens, and the craft of writing comics.

Out-of-Print Genre Books Are Expensive But Worth It

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at some of the best genre books that have fallen out of print.

6 Twist Endings Every Writer Loves (That Are Bullshit)

Column by Max Booth III October 14, 2016
Max Booth III was a ghostwriter for M. Night Shyamalan the whole time.

Game over, man!: The Love/Hate Relationship between 'Aliens' and its Tie-In Books

Column by Bart Bishop April 14, 2016
A look back at the soon-to-be reprinted Mark Verheiden Aliens comic series and Steve Perry novelizations, and their complex relationship with the movie continuity.

Patton Oswalt's Night Café, 'The Great Gatsby' and How Guided Reading Can Reinvigorate a Classic

Column by Bart Bishop January 27, 2016
How classics can be reinvigorated with guidance, such as Maureen Corrigan's 'So We Read On', her "personal excursion" into 'The Great Gatsby'. Contrasted against Patton Oswalt's Night Café concept.

UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: The Holidays (Post Alien Invasion) Edition

Column by Taylor Houston January 4, 2016
20 Years After Earth is Conquered by Aliens - What Happens to the Holidays?

Turkey Coma: Five Times Screenwriters Put Characters Conveniently to Sleep

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at five movies that utilize the convenient coma as a cliche to knock characters out of a narrative.

Patton Oswalt's Night Café and the Script that Changed Joss Whedon Forever

Column by Bart Bishop September 23, 2015
A look at Patton Oswalt's concept of the Night Café, a room you enter and leave changed forever. For Joss Whedon, that room was his Alien: Resurrection script.

David Thomson's 'Suspects' and the Questionable Validity of Fan Fiction

Column by Bart Bishop August 13, 2015
An exploration of the proliferation of fan fiction in the Internet age compared to earlier literary reimaginings of characters, with David Thomson's Suspects given particular attention.

A Brief History of Space Opera

Column by Daniel Hope November 11, 2014
A look at the origins and history of space opera, which is a subgenre of science fiction.

Footnotes: The Bearable Lightness of the Extraterrestrial Being

Column by Ryan Peverly March 20, 2014
'Tis the first day of Spring, but today also marks a "holiday" many are unaware of: Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. In celebration, let's examine the impact of little green men on fiction and culture.

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Column by Nathan Scalia January 15, 2014
Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!