It’s fall, which means it’s time to curl up by the fire with some spooky music and read a scary book!
Surfing the Time Wave: Prescience in Frank Herbert’s Dune
Ever since H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, the topic of time and our ability to interact with it has been at the forefront of science fiction.
Hypertext Fiction: The Literary Genre That Was Theorized Before It Was Written
Think if Wikipedia was a novel, or a Choose Your Own Adventure book existed online.
Marvel in Color: The Evolution of Racial Diversity within the MCU
The MCU has had a less than stellar track record when it comes to racial diversity.
The surprisingly radical politics of Pixar’s WALL-E
It seems that our brave little robot is actually part of a much larger political-ecological revolution.
To Delete or Not To Delete: Fanfiction and Lost Writing on the Internet
Fanfiction, and literature on the internet in general, raises new sorts of questions about the pitfalls and possibilities of archiving. How do you save not just an artifact, but all the software and hardware that is needed to run it?
Editors’ Most Anticipated: Spring 2021
This Spring, the editorial team at the Berkeley Fiction Review wanted to highlight a selection of upcoming releases that we are especially looking forward to reading and viewing. These selections mean something special to each individual editor, so we hope this list inspires an interest in these works!
Comfort Books: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
A comfort book is just as the name suggests: a personally significant piece of literature, typically fiction, that brings a person solace and allows for an escape from reality.
Watching and Waiting: The Slow Rise of South Asian Representation on Screen
Even so, I was disappointed to find that Mismatched had taken a narrative by an Indian-American author about Indian-American characters, with a unique premise about growing up American yet being submersed in Indian culture, and had set it entirely in India.
Bury Your Gays (Literally): How The Haunting of Bly Manor Uses and Subverts the Trope
Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, the anthology series follow-up to the popular The Haunting of Hill House, may have all the makings for a classic ghost story, but don’t be mistaken—it’s actually a love story.