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Science fiction author talks recent book, creative process of writing about insanity

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | November 29, 2022

Author E. S. Fein has built a niche following for his speculative, philosophical science fiction. Based out of the Chicago suburbs, Fein has published four books, two collections of short stories and two novels.  His most recent book, “A Dream of...

Kevin Feige, Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyongo, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Chadwick Boseman speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con for Black Panther (Gage Skidmore | Wikimedia Commons)

The importance of Afrofuturism

By Kyron Lewis, Lifestyle Writer | February 6, 2022

Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic in music, art and literature that combines themes in science fiction, fantasy and even history to explore the broader, Black experience. It connects people from the African diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry....

‘Annihilation’ provokes thought deeper than jump scares

By Alec Heaton | February 28, 2018

Alex Garland blew audiences away in 2014 with his directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a film argued to be the best sci-fi film of the year. The same argument will likely resurface with his sophomore feature “Annihilation,” released on February 23.A...

“The Cloverfield Paradox:” When the Third Time Isn’t the Charm

By Alec Heaton | February 27, 2018

Many fans were blindsided during this year’s Super Bowl when the trailer for “The Cloverfield Paradox” dropped. Originally titled “God Particle” and set to have a theatrical release, Paramount sold the film to Netflix, who subsequently released...

Who goes for Hugo

By Matt Hopkinson | June 9, 2011

Imagine being recognized for doing something that has only happened once since 1955. Lynne Thomas, NIU Founders Memorial Library curator, knows that feeling well.Thomas' book about the Doctor Who series, Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor...