Rocket Fuel available for free, collecting some of the best of’s nonfiction!


It’s the tenth anniversary of, the pop-culture web site, and to celebrate, they’ve released a free eBook entitled Rocket Fuel, which collects some of the best nonfiction from the site over the past decade.

I’ve been writing for the site for seven of those ten years, and I’m pleased to say that one of my articles is in the book, specifically my rewatch of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Far Beyond the Stars.” Plus there’s stuff by Seanan McGuire, Kate Elliott, Judith Tarr, Nisi Shawl, Mari Ness, Jo Walton, and tons more.

Here’s the full table of contents:

Table of Contents

  • Preface – Bridget McGovern
  1. Under the Covers with a Flashlight: Our Lives as Readers – Emily Asher-Perrin
  2. Sometimes, Horror is the Only Fiction That Understands You – Leah Schnelbach
  3. The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me: Fanfic and the Modern World – Seanan McGuire
  4. Writing Women Characters as Human Beings – Kate Elliott
  5. Meet My Alien Family: Writing Across Cultures in Science Fiction – Becky Chambers
  6. So How Does a Centaur Eat, Anyway? – Judith Tarr
  7. Fantasy, Reading, and Escapism – Jo Walton
  8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (and Why You Should Read It) – Leigh Butler
  9. Robert Jordan: The American Tolkien – Michael Livingston
  10. The Trial of Galadriel – Jeff LaSala
  11. Good Idols: Terry Pratchett & the Appropriate Hug – Lish McBride
  12. Orwell and the Librarian, a Love Story – Alex Brown
  13. Beloved: The Best Horror Novel the Horror Genre Has Never Claimed – Grady Hendrix
  14. The Peril of Being Disbelieved: Horror and the Intuition of Women – Emily Asher-Perrin
  15. What Rape Apologists Need to Learn From Jessica Jones – Natalie Zutter
  16. In Defense of Villainesses – Sarah Gailey
  17. Queering SFF: Writing Queer—Languages of Power – Brit Mandelo
  18. Sleeps With Monsters: There’s A Counter In My Head – Liz Bourke
  19. Apologize to No One: V for Vendetta is More Important Today Than it Ever Was – Emily Asher-Perrin
  20. Five Books about Loving Everybody – Nisi Shawl
  21. Safe as Life: A Four-Part Essay on Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle – Brit Mandelo
  22. The Complete American Gods Mix Tape – Bridget McGovern
  23. Rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: “Far Beyond the Stars” – Keith R.A. DeCandido
  24. The POC Guide to Writing Dialect In Fiction – Kai Ashante Wilson
  25. Homecoming: How Afrofuturism Bridges the Past and the Present – Tochi Onyebuchi
  26. Nobody Gets Mad About Hamlet Remakes: Why Superheroes Are the New Cultural Mythology – Ryan Britt
  27. Sowing History: A Gardener’s Tale – Ursula Vernon
  28. Not Saving the World? How Does That Even Work? – Jo Walton
  29. Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” Defies Genre – Gabrielle Bellot
  30. Soon I Won’t Know What the Future Looks Like – Chris Lough
  31. Bouncy Prose and Distant Threats: An Appreciation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone – Mari Ness
  32. Joy, Sorrow, Regret, and Reassurance: The Singular Beauty of The Last Unicorn – Bridget McGovern
  33. One Day You Wake Up and You Are Grown: Fairyland and the Secrets of Growing Up – Molly Templeton
  34. Preparing Myself for Death with Joe Versus the Volcano – Leah Schnelbach

The book is available for free, and you can get it for your Kindle, your Nook, or your iPad.


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