Category Archives: SF

[Bonus] The Alien Enemy

In the film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s novel, The Ware of the Worlds (1953) imagines a future where the next phase of warfare in human history is the introduction to enemies that are far beyond the bounds of human nature. The invasion of Earth and the introduction of virtually indestructible enemies is a trope […] Continue reading

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She’s going to get you: a card game facilitated exploration into imperialism

For our final project, Asia and I decided to create a negotiation style board game based off of H Rider Haggard’s novel She. Below are infographics detailing the rules, objectives, background and characters that the game entails. There is also a forthcoming play through video that you will be able to watch in order to […] Continue reading

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[Bonus] Rappaccinis Daughter: a poisonous mystery

Rappaccini’s Daughter, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne first published in 1844, follows a young man named Giovanni Guasconti as he falls in love with Beatrice Rappaccini and becomes enraptured in her poisonous world created by her father, Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini. A mystery unfolds in the story as Giovanni learns about Dr Rappaccini’s infamous scientific […] Continue reading

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BONUS: Perfection, Obsession, and Self-Worth in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”

Today more than ever before, the myth of physical perfection looms like a dark cloud. In the age of celebrity, plastic surgery, and Photoshopped magazine covers, the idea of the perfect appearance is never far from our collective consciousness. “People Magazine” still crowns an annual “Sexiest Man Alive”, and advertisements, billboards, and social media feeds […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] Poe: Only the Lonely?

I recall my first experience with Edgar Allan Poe as if it was yesterday. It’s my sophomore year of high school on Halloween. My Pre-AP English teacher is clad in unusually dark colors, and she dims the lights while narrating “The Tell-Tale Heart” in her most foreboding voice. I am attracted to the ominous atmosphere […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] A Short History of Body Snatching

Prior to 1832, in the United Kingdom it was only legal for medical schools and anatomists to perform dissections on the bodies of executed criminals. Due to this restriction, there was an extreme shortage of available cadavers, especially as more students became drawn to the medical profession in the 18th and 19th centuries. As a […] Continue reading

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BONUS BLOG: The mystery of Olalla

“Ollala” by Robert Louis Stevenson was by far the most captivating short story I have ever read, leaving me on the edge of my seat throughout the narrative. As seen in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson has an undeniably powerful way of framing his narratives, leaving the reader completely captivated […] Continue reading

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[Bonus]: Who is Maxon’s Master?

I returned to the story’s title after reading Ambrose Berce’s “Maxon’s Master” for three times. Then I realized that the story never discusses Maxon’s “Master.” The story is only five pages, but I find it surprisingly difficult to summarize. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it. It’s an interestingly constructed story with some very […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] Framing in “War of the Worlds” (2005)

As I was choosing which topic to write my bonus blog on, I thought it would be interesting to watch a movie I’d never seen of a book I’d never read – an unusual combo for someone who can be quite neurotic about the ‘book before movie adaptation’ rule. But the combination of Tom Cruise, […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] A Critique of Poe’s Man vs. Nature in “A Descent into the Maelstrom”

One would think that a short story with a name as intriguing and powerful as “A Descent into the Maelstrom” would be more than just a literal tale of a sailor who got caught in a hurricane. Disappointingly, the plot of this short story is exactly that, and not much else. For 9 out of […] Continue reading

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