Anne McCaffrey Books You’ll Remember Forever:

McCaffrey’s books frequently center around women with special abilities, talents, and gifts. Along with these protagonists, she often included unique species like dragons, unicorns, and aliens. She also collaborated with other authors on multiple books and series. These peers included authors Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Mercedes Lackey, and her own son Todd McCaffrey.

20 Years On, What I Learned From ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ Movie:

December 19th, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring—the film that introduced the majesty and mythos of Middle-earth to countless viewers worldwide, as well as to the fictional characters that now feel as familiar as old friends. Rewatching Jackson’s movie brings back fond memories of my teenage years and gives me a chance to re-evaluate the life lessons I learned from it.

Not Actually A Space Cowboy

December 20, 2021

Not Actually A Space Cowboy:

This is an excellent post to keep in mind when you see another recent post criticizing the current trend of dystopian sci-fi and going on about how sci-fi used to be about hope and wonder.

9 Thrilling Last Stands in Genre Fiction | Tor.com:

Angry Delenn is a force of nature:

“Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.”

This is one of my favorite moments, in one of my favorite shows… But Babylon 5 actually has quite a few of my favorite moments of TV ever.

2001: A Space Odyssey Tried to Break Us Out of Our Comfort Zone | Tor.com:

But of all the genres, science fiction seems the most suited to the task. Straight drama, or comedy, or even musicals remain rooted in our earthly, observable realities; what can be glimpsed outside your window can also be up on the screen. SF—by dint of reaching beyond, by speculating on the possible, by asking, What if…?—can break through the simple equation of “what is seen is what is,” can prompt us to imagine alternatives, and can get us to question whether what we know about ourselves is as absolute as we believe.

Dangers Untold: Growing Up With Alice’s Wonderland and Sarah’s Labyrinth | Tor.com:

Between the bullying I faced at school and a slew of family problems at home, my teenaged self found an escape in portal fantasies.

A great essay on the power of certain movies to turn a mirror on coming-of-age…