Retelling the Bard: Shakespeare in Recent SFF #SciFiSunday

Super fun list from Alana Joli Abbot up on Tor.com that shows Shakespeare’s influence is still very much alive, even within the SciFi genre.

Prince of Cats looks particularly awesome!

We do wonder, however, if there are any sci-fi authors out there borrowing or reinterpreting Shakespeare’s lesser known works. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for reimaginings of Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream and so on. But wouldn’t it be cool to see Titus Andronicus or Troilus and Cressida get the SciFi treatment as well? In some ways these titles (being darker, being more subversive, being a bit more of a challenge) are ripe for the picking.

But they do, on occasion, become dull if they are too familiar. Which is why Shakespeare retellings, especially in the SFF realm, “give delight, and harm not.” Shakespeare’s works delved into the realms of fantasy long before the modern age of fantasy novels, so it’s no surprise that speculative writers take inspiration from his works. Here’s a roundup of ten recent and forthcoming bard-inspired tales to take tedium to task.


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