Fandom: Alt & Niche

Our menagerie of the odd, the obscure, the weirdly niche. If it’s considered a “cult classic” or a “strange subgenre”, chances are, it’s here.

  • Everything’s Bigger in Texas?

    Everything’s Bigger in Texas?

    Welcome back to Fandom Without Borders, where we take a look at my travels across the United States and beyond in search of cities and towns that welcome nerds, geeks, and weirdos in their own ways. This installment sees us examining one of the larger cities in Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

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  • Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    We return to our examinations on “The New Weird” while pondering the very basis of narrative. Do we tell stories? Or do they tell themselves through us? That’s the challenge known as “The Borgesian Conundrum”, a potent tool in a genre with prophecy, visions and congress with alien powers in its collective toolbox. Made all the more relevant by The SCP Foundations collective font of stories.

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  • Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    Cracking the Cipher—Series Conspectus

    A trained linguist and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast guides us through an examination of the various languages and surrounding cultural effects of numerous ‘constructed’ societies throughout  speculative fiction, from Dothraki to Klingon, with a side of Fus Roh Da!

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  • A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    Come with us on our first look on an in-depth analysis of the history of illustration, animation, and the counter developments and competitive symbiosis of Eastern and Western influences, as its shaped the marketplace and culture of modern illustrative art.

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  • An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    An Algebra of Archons—Series Conspectus

    Join philosophy student and avid gamer Ben Steiz in his examination of the various ethics, world views and metaphysics encoded across much of pop culture. This will include both a broad survey and robust analysis of the numerous speculative fiction works and franchises.

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  • Rum, Sodomy & The Lash – Series Conspectus

    Rum, Sodomy & The Lash – Series Conspectus

    Come along on a fun and informative journey featuring a historical unpacking of various tropes between “Hollywood” pirates vs. the historical and empirical facts, courtesy of a working tall ship sailor and pirate re-enactor. Along the way we’ll dig deeper into the origins of certain misconceptions, unpacking them with one whose calluses verify his tangible expertise.

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  • The Reality of Life as a Sailor

    The Reality of Life as a Sailor

    In the second installment of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, our host Jeromy Foberg discusses just exactly what it’s like to work as a sailor—and why this might not fit with your preconceived notions of what it means to be a maritime worker.

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  • Pirates of Today, and Those of Yesteryear

    Pirates of Today, and Those of Yesteryear

    Welcome to the third installment of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, a series looking at the fantasy and the reality of being a sailor in the modern age. Today we’re looking at historical pirates and how they compare to modern ones.

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  • Bleaching the Kool-Aid

    Bleaching the Kool-Aid

    Representation matters, and how People of Color are represented in speculative fiction and pop culture matters even more. Join a former U.S Navy electrician, father, cosplayer and African American public speaker as we take a look at African American Stereotypes Appropriated in Fiction: Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy, and The Lone Ranger.

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  • Authors of the Amorphous: Brian Lumley’s Necroscope

    Authors of the Amorphous: Brian Lumley’s Necroscope

    Continuing our journey into the lurid and ineffable borders of fiction, this week we examine the works of Brian Lumley, a master of the “new weird form.” His Necroscope series and assorted other works are exemplars of the genre’s balancing act, blending, sci-fi, horror, and a fair amount of mystery and detective tropes together in a seamless weave.

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