A Long Year’s Dreaming: May 2023 Progress Report


My essay collection A Long Year’s Dreaming: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in 2020 is coming along steadily. I got a few more chapters to draft status this month, and I’m hoping to get another chunk done next month. I’m happy to say that the whole project’s on track to be finished by the end of the year.

Completed articles:

  • Bang in the Coffin: Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Dracula
  • Copter Crash: Isabel Fall and the Transgender SF Controversy
  • Prophets of Doom: Did these Authors Predict COVID-19?
  • The Last Laugh: Animated Films Before the Pandemic
  • Coronaphobia: Horror Films in Lockdown
  • 2020 A.D.: Reviving the British Anthology Comic
  • Broken Futures: Iron Man 2020
  • Weird Streets: N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became
  • Investing in the Gods: Jiang Ziya and the Fengshen Cinematic Universe
  • Wit, Weirdness and Warped Ethics: Megan Giddings’ Lakewood
  • Cannibal Women, Laughing Lords and Ownvoices Iconoclasm
  • First Lady: Lilith as Icon of 2020
  • Out with the Old and into the Sun: The 2020 Hugo Awards
  • Dragons and Death Cults: The 2020 Dragon Awards
  • For Better or Worse, the Film of the Year: Tenet
  • Huns, Rouran and Uyghurs: Mulan goes to Xianjiang
  • Untitled Last Emperox Essay
  • Aquaman’s Architect: Robson Rocha in Memoriam
  • Ghosts of Christmas Present
  • The Year We Had No Heroes, Except for This Lot: Superhero Films in 2020
  • American Wats: The Superman Family in 2020
  • Do Black Lives Matter to a Green Lantern? Far Sector
  • Gangland Dreamland: Batman in 2020
  • Am I Dreaming Now? Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga
  • Blue Veins: Vampires in 2020
  • Untitled essay about children’s literary adaptations
  • Untitled essay on haunted houses and stuff
  • Short Capes: Two Superhero Novelettes
  • Cyborg und Hausmartian: Remixing Fairy Tales
  • Class Toons: Prestige Animated Features
  • Untitled Only Good Indians/Night of the Mannequins essay
  • Untitled Hugo novella essay
  • Hardly a Modest Proposal: The Hunt
  • The Old Guard review
  • Six Short Deaths: Extreme Horror in 2020

Work-in-progress articles:

  • Red Brains: Zombies in 2020
  • MAGA 2020 and Begone: The Strange World of Trumpist SF
  • Franchised Fears: The Year’s Horror Reboots
  • Hill House: DC Horror Comics Post-Vertigo
  • It Could Be Worse: Dystopian Fiction
  • Dragons, Demons and Anime Adventures
  • Viral Stories: COVID-19 Fiction Anthologies
  • Untitled Doctor Who Essay
  • Untitled Ghost-Spider Essay
  • Untitled Dorohedoro/BNA essay
  • The Onscreen Apocalypses of 2020
  • Fire Before Plague: Oz is Burning
  • Black Sun essay
  • Die essay

Articles I’m still considering:

  • Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick review
  • More Marvel superhero stuff
  • I Am Not Starfire review
  • Big Girl essay
  • Space Force essay
  • Palm Springs review
  • Something about short-form animation
  • Something about Bill and Ted Face the Music that may or may not also cover Ready Player Two
  • Night of the Kings review
  • Nine Days review
  • Possessor review

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