The Best Ray Bradbury Short Stories (Ranked)

The Best Ray Bradbury short stories novels

“It is good to renew one’s wonder.” This is how Ray Bradbury opens The Martian Chronicles. And that’s exactly what makes his writing great—he renews that sense of wonder, a feeling that’s so easy to lose. Bradbury is best known for his novels, such as Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451 (which was … Read more

On Cognitive Estrangement, Science Fiction, and Ursula Le Guin!

The Dispossessed Cover by Ursula Le Guin (Man in front of space ship on crimson swirling background)

Today, I’m going to explore science fiction through one key concept, called cognitive estrangement, and one key work: Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. But firstly, if you missed it, be sure to check out why you should read science fiction here. Ok, let’s learn some things! What is cognitive estrangement?  Cognitive estrangement is a term … Read more

You Should Be Reading Science Fiction. Here’s Why…

Image of a solar system

  When we hear the words science fiction—or sci-fi, or speculative fiction, whatever—we think of spaceships, aliens, time travel, and all things outer-worldly. And, indeed, it often is about those things. But the genre still has this sort of low-brow, fringe association; it’s excluded from literature’s mainstream, in favour of realism, romance, and fantasy. This … Read more