Arg! Legoland in the U.K. Opens Pirates Landing

Aye matey! Do ya like pirates? Well you’ve got one more place to go: Pirates Landing at LEGOLAND® Windsor in the United Kingdom. Included in the attraction are: The Pirate Training Camp – A fun play area where kids can climb on board a wooden boat and let their imaginations run wild as they tackle […]

Genre Fiction Is A Fave with American Readers

A recent Harris Poll sought to uncover if Americans are reading, what they are reading and who they are reading. The results show that genre fiction is a favorite among American readers. Among those who say they read at least one book in an average year, 79% have read a fiction book in the past […]

Podcast Episode 3: The History of SF/F Amusement Parks

First, I apologize for not getting this out on October 1 as promised. I simply spaced it. In Episode 3 of The Genre Traveler Podcast, I chat with Jim Futrell, historian for the National Amusement Park Historical Association and author of several books about amusement parks. He takes us from the birth of the modern […]

Travel Reads: The Call of Prophecy

I have to tell ya, I’m torn about whether or not to recommend this book. It’s got some good points and it’s got its draw backs. So I guess I’ll just share my experience with it and let you judge for yourself. Summary The land of Caliyon is at a crossroads. The Seed of Corruption […]

Special Harry Potter Celebration Planned for November

HP Fan Trips is planning a special celebration trip to commemorate the world-wide release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Nov. 18 and 19 you can join fellow Harry Potter fans in Seattle, Wash., for a weekend of wizardly fun. There will be: An exclusive showing of the Harry Potter Exhibition, A […]

Does Genre Literature Affect the Teen Brain?

A three-day conference, The Emergent Adult – Adolescent Literature and Culture, at Cambridge University is going to explore the effect on the teenage brain of books like Twilight and the Harry Potter series. Scientists, authors and education experts will all gather to discuss whether there are ‘Twilight zones’ in the teenage mind; areas of the […]

Travel Trends and the Genre Traveler

I just heard about three hot micro travel trends and thought I’d share with you how they might be interpreted through genre-coloured glasses. Flashpacking This is backpacking with an electronic twist. Flashpackers travel on the cheap with all the electronic gadgets they use in their daily lives and traditional vacations, such as digital cameras, iPods, […]

Wizarding World Internet Chatter Round Up

Well, it seems that there is a lot of chatter about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter going on around the Internet. So you do don’t have to go searching, I thought I’d round up a few for you here. Video: Radcliffe: Harry Potter fans ‘live the movie’ at theme park Daniel Radcliffe & other […]

Don’t Panic! Upcoming Con Channels Douglas Adams

Bubonicon 42 is a science fiction and fantasy convention taking place at The Albuquerque Grand (Sheraton) Airport Hotel in New Mexico from August 27-29, 2010. This year’s theme takes its inspiration from the talented and witty writer of the Hitchhiker’s Guide and Dirk Gently series of humorous genre fiction, Douglas Adams. Confirmed Guests Include: Ben […]