By Ilona Wallace
Fantasy and science-fiction made up the better part of my reading and viewing as a kid. Dad named me after a B-grade sci-fi actress, so it’s not really something I’ve ever been able or wanted to avoid.
The geek renaissance is underway, with nerds rising up to claim popularity, guided by everyone’s favourite uncle-figure, John Green. Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, The Hunger Games – these aren’t small-town dots on the pop-culture map, these are supercities, spanning populous suburbs of books, films, games cosplay, fanfiction, parody and imitation, not to mention merchandising, theme parks, tourism and celebrity stardom. There’s fantasy in the way we dress, the way we idolise people, the stories we like, the politics we follow and the decisions we make. We tried to represent as much as possible across this Fantasy issue.
We also have a correspondence section, a super story about the World’s Greatest Shave, a new Your Story winner (congratulations Eric Ndeh Mboumien Ngang) and some info about surveillance to get you super paranoid.
Online, exciting things have been taking place. You should follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in the loop with the best and newest information – we also have film ticket giveaways and other sneaky treats that are only available to those in the know. Our columnists (with whom you can play Where’s Wally in this mag) are updating at unilifemagazine.com.au all the time, and we feature one of our favourites every Wednesday over at Facey-B.
Keep it real, kids, and stay in touch!