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Lost in the Pyramids: Searching for Pulp Fiction’s Mummies

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Lost in the Pyramids: Searching for Pulp Fiction’s Mummies

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What did Bram Stoker, Louisa May Alcott and Arthur Conan Doyle have in common? They all loved their mummies. Michael Dirda on pulp fiction's Egyptomania.
Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance

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Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance

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In the era before "science fiction" and "fantasy" diverged, writers from H.G. Wells to Olaf Stapledon charted new worlds over the horizon and under the surface. By Michael Dirda.
Four Utopias?

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Four Utopias?

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A century ago, English-speaking culture was consumed by a hunger for Utopian fiction. What, wonders Michael Dirda, can their imagined futures tell us about 2016?
Experiments in Paradise: The Other Fantasies of J. M. Barrie

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Experiments in Paradise: The Other Fantasies of J. M. Barrie

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Michael Dirda on the "Peter Pan" creator's comic fantasies and supernatural excursions.
The Serious Make-Believe of E. Nesbit

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The Serious Make-Believe of E. Nesbit

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The prolific author of the Bastables and "Five Children and It" created adventures that still capture the magic of childhood. Essay by Michael Dirda.
The Golden Age of Murder

MYSTERY

The Golden Age of Murder

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A new look at the era in which the modern detective story -- no supernatural explanations allowed -- came of age. Review by Michael Dirda.
The Sensational Guy Boothby

FICTION

The Sensational Guy Boothby

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Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.
The Adventures of Rafael Sabatini

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The Adventures of Rafael Sabatini

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Swashbuckling with the author of Scaramouche and Captain Blood.
From Out of the Depths: The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson

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From Out of the Depths: The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson

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How a former sailor and bodybuilder became a pioneer of dark fantasy.

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

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Rediscovering the 1884 geometric parable that signaled the brilliant dystopias of Orwell, Koestler, and Burgess.  

Robert W. Chambers: Sentimental Horrification

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Robert W. Chambers: Sentimental Horrification

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An inspiration behind HBO's True Detective brings the horrors and earthly delights of the nineteenth century's roaring conclusion.

The Philip Trent Mysteries

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The Philip Trent Mysteries

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Why three lost tales of an amateur sleuth are among the best detective stories ever written.