Weird Fiction (R)

February 1, 2015
(was 06.15.2014)

Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - from H.P. Lovecraft to emerging star Jeff Vandermeer - where there's a very thin line between the real and the surreal.  Also, the modern master of mythic fiction, Neil Gaiman.

  1. Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer

    Imagine the government has sealed off part of Florida after people start dying there and strange new life forms pop up. Just what is happening in Area X? That's the premise of Jeff Vandermeer's mind-bending Southern Reach Trilogy.

    Average: 4.4 (7 votes)
  2. Ursula Le Guin on Science Fiction

    Some writers are proud to call their work science fiction. Others resist the dreaded ghetto of genre fiction.  Sci-fi and fantasy legend Ursula Le Guin tells us what she thinks.

    Average: 4.5 (6 votes)
  3. H.P. Lovecraft's Sound - Dean Lockwood

    H.P. Lovecraft died in 1937, but his horror stories have influenced writers from Borges to Stephen King. Lovecraft had a special talent for conjuring up things so monstrous that words can't describe them, though he used sound to create his creepy atmosphere.

    Average: 4 (1 vote)
  4. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" - Neil Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman is famous for his mythic fiction - from old gods haunting American back roads to children raised by ghosts.  He talks about how our lives are shaped and scarred by childhood experiences.

    Average: 5 (3 votes)
  5. Dangerous Idea: Critical Thinking

    Rebecca Goldstein's Dangerous Idea?  Teach children to be rigorous critical thinkers.

    Average: 5 (5 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Lawrence Krauss on the Big Questions

    Lawrence Krauss isn't only a famous physicist; he's also the subject, along with Richard Dawkins, of the documentary film "The Unbelievers."  He tells Steve Paulson that science has replaced philosophy and religion as the place to deal with the Big Questions.

    Average: 4.1 (10 votes)