An Anatomy of Space Operas

Space operas are arguably the quintessential form of science fiction. With stories that feature alien species, artificial intelligence, advanced technology, and large-scale wars, space operas are in fact what most people think of when they hear the words ‘science fiction’. Growing out of the Western fiction and sea adventure narrative traditions, space operas have always…

Scott Lynch’s The Thorn of Emberlain Slated for Release in September

A mostly official release date has been set for the fourth book in Scott Lynch’s critically acclaimed The Gentleman Bastard Sequence. Note the ‘mostly’ in that sentence—Lynch’s publisher, Gollancz, has posted supposedly accurate release dates before. The first was in an interview which suggested that The Thorn of Emberlain (ToE) was in an advanced stage…

Forty Miles of Mountain Road: Faust and the Blues

The Faustian myth, wherein one sells their soul for fame or fortune, is an incredibly popular motif throughout world folklore and literature. While the story draws on a number of earlier figures and myths, Faust by name originated in Germany in the sixteenth century. In the legend, he was a scholar who, displeased with his…

The Flash Season One: “Run, Barry, Run!”

“Life is locomotion… If you’re not moving, you’re not living.” So begins the famous motto of the comic book hero the Flash, and when adopting the story of Barry Allen for the small screen, it’s clear that this motto was taken to heart. With apparently no fear that it will run out of stories, The…

A Letter from the New Online Editor

Dear readers and contributors, My name is Shahin, and I am going to be The Spectatorial’s Online Editor for the coming year. It is an honour to inherit Miranda’s legacy, and her mentorship gives me confidence in taking on this role. This is The Spectatorial’s third year, and we have a lot of new faces…

A Letter from the (Old) Online Editor

Good afternoon, This is an update on the transitions that are happening at The Spectatorial. We are in the process of changing our staff as many of us graduate from U of T and head off to explore other worlds. This includes the management of the blog and all our online platforms. As of today,…

Even More Exciting News!

You’ve heard of our Summertime Zine Contest but have you heard about our Raffle? We’re raffling off another excellent speculative fiction book from ChiZine publications at the end of our contest and one lucky entrant will win. How do you enter? Simply reTweet or post a link to the contest on your Facebook page. Help…

Summetime Zine Contest Update: There’s a Prize to be Won!

The Spectatorial is thrilled to announce that we will be giving away prizes to the winners of our Summertime Zine Contest! We have in our possession two excellent speculative books from ChiZine Publications. One book will be awarded for the best creative writing entry (short fiction or poetry). The other book will be awarded for the best art entry. Both…

Spectatorial Summertime Zine: Deadline Extension!

We are extending the deadline for our zine contest. All entries will be due by August 25th at midnight. The form for all entries can be found here: Summer Zine Contest The Spectatorial asks entrants: What if it were summer… forever? Competing stories will use this question as a spring board to speculative story-telling and…

Announcing the Spectatorial’s Summertime Zine Contest!

Get excited! The Spectatorial is holding a creative contest. We are accepting short stories and poems that will compete to be included in the zine. We are also looking for visual art pieces that will compete to be printed among our illustrations. Since the zine will be released this summer we’re basing the contest around…