Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Walking into Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, I only knew a little about the movie. I knew that it was based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang which I have not read (it’s…

Ex_Machina – I am become Death

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Somewhere in the wilderness of Alaska there is a house, and inside that house are four people. At least one of these people is not human, but a robot. Over the course of a single week, the occupants must determine if this robot…

Imagine Magic! In Defense of Fantasy Literature

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss Illustration by Dorothy Anne Manuel Fantasy has been a part of the literary tradition since literature began. In fact, the case could be made…

A Good Land for Myths

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Throughout Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, many different characters state that “America is a bad land for gods.”  The novel argues that when many beliefs sail across the ocean to reach our continent, they struggle to survive. While I cannot say whether…

Reach for the Stars! Or in Defence of Science Fiction Literature

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
“I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long—my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to…

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts… But Flying Saucers Give Me Chills!

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Illustration by Lorna Antoniazzi ? Scary stories have been a staple of popular culture since there has been popular culture. To be spooked, thrilled, horrified, and afraid has been at the centre of fiction for a long time. Scary stories have always been…