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Why Female-led Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories Are the Wave of the Future

By Paul KirschMarch 19, 2014
With a film like Divergent looming on the horizon, there’s a temptation to assume that Hollywood is cashing in on a franchise with Hunger Games-like potential. That’s probably true, but it also underlines an emerging pattern: female protagonists in genre fiction. ... More  →
Why Female-led Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories Are the Wave of the Future

The Worst Failed Flying Machines

By Paul KirschJune 24, 2013
The history of flight is colored by innovation and failure, trial and error, and some truly ridiculous stupidity. And we all know that the best stuff to read about is the CRAZIEST stuff. So, without further ado, we give you our list of the absolute ... More  →
The Worst Failed Flying Machines

Bioshock: Infinite... HOLY. CRAP.

By Paul KirschApril 10, 2013
Like many gamers, I was hypnotized by the advertising campaign and gameplay videos of Bioshock: Infinite. There were promises of adventure and intrigue in a 1912 floating city, a single-player campaign heavily influenced by a compelling feminine protagonist, and the depth of storyline that made ... More  →
Bioshock: Infinite... HOLY. CRAP.

The Alphabet of Harry Potter

By Paul KirschFebruary 13, 2013
The alphabet is tedious and boring as it stands, So we've rewritten it here for you Harry Potter fans. Don't think that we're braggarts or trying to be obscene, But we think it's as good as a Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean! (Except for the snot ones. And ... More  →
The Alphabet of Harry Potter

5 Lessons Super Mario Teaches Us About Life

By Paul KirschJanuary 7, 2013
Kids have been making the argument that video games are "good for you" because they develop good hand/eye coordination since the days of the arcade. But surely there's a better argument to be made than that! We think that there are actually really important lessons ... More  →
5 Lessons Super Mario Teaches Us About Life

The 5 Greatest Sci-Fi Kisses

By Paul KirschNovember 8, 2012
Science fiction has a reputation of working in extremes. The stakes are higher, the explosions hotter, the aliens scarier. A happy side effect of this phenomena is raw, untrammeled passion. Characters tossed together in unstable circumstances build intense connections that require an outlet of equal ... More  →
The 5 Greatest Sci-Fi Kisses

I've Got a Problem With Steampunk: a Rebuttal

By Paul KirschNovember 2, 2012
Some time ago, Sparkitor Josh Perilo aired his grievances with the genre of Steampunk in this here article. So, our esteemed contributor Paul Kirsch decided to write a rebuttal, defending Steampunk in its many forms. ... More  →
I've Got a Problem With Steampunk: a Rebuttal

Deep Space is Echoing Back Our TV Shows (Including Doctor Who!)

By Paul KirschAugust 13, 2012
This just in: Earth has started to receive television broadcasts from deep space. Lest anyone set their DVR to record the latest Ganymede Shore or Big Brother LV-426, be advised: these are re-runs that originate from our planet. ... More  →
Deep Space is Echoing Back Our TV Shows (Including Doctor Who!)

REVIEW: Tithe by Holly Black

By Paul KirschJuly 20, 2012
An author of science fiction or fantasy has one difficult decision to make before they set their fingers on a keyboard: How much does my protagonist know about their world? Nailing down this question steers the tone and trajectory of the story in a big way. ... More  →
REVIEW: Tithe by Holly Black

REVIEW: "Goliath" by Scott Westerfeld, and a Retrospective On the Series

By Paul KirschJuly 6, 2012
Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan locked in my engagement to a degree that I can only describe as Downton Abbey-esque. When I read the first book, there was no question of whether or not I would pursue the series to its conclusion. It was simply a matter ... More  →
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Paul Kirsch

Paul Kirsch is the product of Twilight Zone marathons and old-timey radio dramas. He writes about writing at www.paul-kirsch.com, and self-identifies as an octopus trapped in a man's body.

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