"In terms of the narrative geographies staked out by each of these genres, one might almost invoke analogs of the "matters" first identified by the medieval French poet Jean Bodel: the matter of science fiction is the geography of reason; of horror, the geography of anxiety; of fantasy, the geography of desire.

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Wilhelm Kuhnert (German, 1865-1926)
A Muskox, pencil and gouache on paper, 19,5 x 30 cm.

The Norse Goddess Skadi

(Nothing But) Blood.
Wulf and Eadwacer

Leodum is minum swylce him mon lac gife;

willað hy hine aþecgan, gif he on þreat cymeð.

Ungelic is us.

Wulf is on iege, ic on oþerre.

Fæst is þæt eglond, fenne biworpen.

Sindon wælreowe weras þær on ige;

willað hy hine aþecgan, gif he on þreat cymeð.

Ungelice is us.

Wulfes ic mines widlastum wenum dogode;

þonne hit wæs renig weder ond ic reotugu sæt,

þonne mec se beaducafa bogum bilegde,

wæs me wyn to þon, wæs me hwæþre eac lað.

Wulf, min Wulf, wena me þineseoce gedydon,

þine seldcymas, murnende mod, nales meteliste.

Gehyrest þu, Eadwacer?

Uncerne earne hwelpbireð Wulf to wuda.

þæt mon eaþe tosliteð þætte næfre gesomnad wæs,

uncer giedd geador.


This book quite literally stared the Vikings raiders of Lindisfarne in the face….. and survived.
Folios 210v and 211r of the Lindisfarne Gospels showing the carpet page and decorated Initial introducing the Gospel of John.  Made on Lindisfarne around 698AD

“I don’t think science fiction is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
Read our 2013 interview with Ursula K. Le Guin, now available in its entirety online.
Egon Schiele - House with Bell Tower (1912)

Norse Mythology; or, The religion of our forefathers, containing all the myths of the Eddas, systematized and interpretedRasmus Björn AndersonChicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., Ltd., 1875.