The Engen Academia line of print and electronic copy books provides young academics in Canada with a venue through which they can publish academically peer-reviewed, original works of interest to science-fiction and fantasy genres.
It began in October 2016 with Song of the Mockingjay by Erin Vance.
The Pitch: An essay examining the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. Considering the current state of global affairs, and the increasing numbers of conflicts, readers of The Hunger Games will likely have to confront oppressive regimes, whether in their own country or in another. Therefore, the fact that The Hunger Games does not glorify war and condemns government oppression demands further critical analysis and recognition.
The Pitch: An essay examining the concept of Stephen King’s Dark Tower as it applies to Derrida’s theory of the Pharmakon, and how that then in turn applies to other works of fiction, such as ‘The House on Mango Street,’ ‘Goblin Market,’ ‘Fables,’ and more.
Vacant Chairs by Linda Blagdon
Series: Engen Poetry, #1
The Pitch: Sixty-Eight poems from native Newfoundlander Linda Blagdon that highlight both the struggles and joys of growing up in Newfoundland. These poems reflect on the nature of family and friends, based on Blagdon’s own experience or stories passed down via the Newfoundland oral tradition.
Other Indie, Early 2017 by The Engen Staff
Series: Other Indie, #1
The Pitch: This issue’s spotlight: Carrots by Colleen Helme, in which we review, interview Helme about her work, and include a short excerpt. Also included, reviews of: Damnation Code by William Massa, A Daughter’s Gift by Jacqui Tam, Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett, Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak by Paul Carberry, Kowloon Walled City, 1984 by Nicholas Morine, and 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper, as well as an excerpt from 2016’s smash hit, Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté! FREE!