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Ursula K. Le Guin: A Primer

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
An overview of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, which explored new frontiers and broke new ground in science fiction and fantasy.

Everything You Need To Know About Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Before The BBC Miniseries

Column by Meredith Borders May 24, 2019
Are you ready for this epic miniseries event? This'll help!

Reading Haruki Murakami: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson March 19, 2019
An introduction into the wonderful surrealist world of Haruki Murakami.

Primer: What You Need to Know About Steve Alten’s ‘Meg’ Series Before Seeing the Movie

Column by Meredith Borders August 10, 2018
"The Meg" is in theaters today. Bone up on the research!

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Primer

Column by Emmanuel Nataf January 4, 2018
Kazuo Ishiguro was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here’s a guide to his work for anyone who has yet to read him.

Soft Apocalypse: The Worlds Of Warren Ellis

Column by Keith Rawson February 20, 2017
Welcome to the weird, weird worlds of comic book writer and novelist, Warren Ellis.

Southern Gothic: A Primer

Column by George Cotronis January 27, 2017
Southern Gothic: Crumbling plantations and dying lineages.

One Month of Reading Stephen Graham Jones: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson February 1, 2016
An introduction to the work of Stephen Graham Jones.

One Month of Reading Joe Hill: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson January 4, 2016
An introduction to the work of Joe Hill and the result of reading his work for one month.

One Month of Reading Ryu Murakami: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson December 1, 2015
An introduction to the work of Ryu Murakami and the result of reading his work for one month.

Primer: The Work of Tom Piccirilli

Column by George Cotronis November 18, 2015
An introduction to the late Tom Piccirilli's works.

The Other California: A Don Winslow Primer

Column by Keith Rawson June 15, 2015
If you haven't read Don Winslow yet, you are missing out on one of the most important and exciting crime writers currently working. Here's a quick primer to start you off in the right direction.

Seeing Past The Clouds: A Kent Haruf Primer

Column by Keith Rawson January 9, 2015
LitReactor's primer of the works of the late American master, Kent Haruf.

The Master of Hard Sci-Fi: A Larry Niven Primer

Column by Daniel Hope June 4, 2014
Larry Niven got science all up in our science fiction. And he was good at it, too.

Tom Spanbauer: A Primer, and A Review Of His Latest Novel, 'I Loved You More'

Column by Rob Hart April 2, 2014
This started as a review. It got a little bigger than that.

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Primer

Column by BH Shepherd February 24, 2014
Saw that amazing trailer? Wonder where to start reading? Here's a guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Bill Watterson: A Primer

Column by John Jarzemsky November 14, 2013
A look at the short career of legendary cartoonist Bill Watterson.

Muttonchops and Robots: An Isaac Asimov Primer

Column by Daniel Hope August 12, 2013
Isaac Asimov is so much more than a set of incredible muttonchops. He's one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. Here's why you should give him a try.

Tigers and Telepaths: An Alfred Bester Primer

Column by Rajan Khanna
Get to know the works of Alfred Bester, an often overlooked but influential sci-fi writer.

The Sleeper Must Awaken: A Dune Primer

Column by Rajan Khanna June 28, 2013
Dune is one of the best novels ever written. Find out why.

Why the F*ck Do People Love Jane Austen So Much? A Primer

Column by Taylor Houston May 20, 2013
I avoided reading Jane Austen for a long time, but now, I am an avid fan. Join me in learning why she is worthy of so much admiration.

Crossing the Rubicon: A Steve Erickson Primer

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
A kick in the pants for the hemhawers, pussyfooters, and the uninitiated. Jump off that cliff!

There is No Bottom, There is Only The Abyss: A Hubert Selby Jr. Primer

Column by Keith Rawson April 11, 2013
The granddaddy of transgressive fiction and American literature's patron saint of the streets, Hubert Selby Jr. is front and center for the latest LitReactor primer.

Shotgun Do Your Stuff: A Joe R. Lansdale Primer

Column by Meredith Borders
This East Texan writer is prolific and profoundly awesome.

High Priest of the Godless: A Jim Thompson Primer

Column by Craig Clevenger March 20, 2013
Jim Thompson was a seminal writer of American noir fiction who's finally gaining recognition he's long deserved.