Pop Culture Wonderland

Red Queen (from The Book of Knots, a JGAS: Wonderland supplement)To go with my online class Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, I started a series of posts listing companion materials in pop culture, preferably ones that are a little forgotten, have not received the attention I think they deserve, or take an unusual angle.  All the better if they are available online, double-plus for free.

These are the ones I propose to accompany Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.  A few are contributions of fellow students in the class which I particularly enjoyed.

  • Works by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) on Unz.org.
  • Martin Gardner’s The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, which someone lovingly hyperlinked so that readers can just click on the annotations.
  • Melanie Bayley’s 2010 New York Times article, “Algebra in Wonderland.”
  • Namesake, a webcomic by Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Mélançon featuring a lot of fantasy and fairy tales characters, but starting with Alice.
  • Frank Beddor’s series, The Looking-Glass Wars, which includes three novels with a fourth planned, and a spinoff series of graphic novels illustrated by Ben Templesmith. A very interesting urban fantasy take on Carroll’s canon.
  • Marco Chacon’s Wonderland tabletop role-playing game as a free PDF, using the equally free JAGS system for a crypto-dimensional brain-twister of a setting.
  • Triple Ace Games’ Wonderland No More, another tabletop role-playing game but closer to the Carroll books, which uses the Savage Worlds system for a game of horror and dark humour.
  • “Will You Walk a Little Faster” (a.k.a. “The Lobster Quadrille” or “The Mock Turtle’s Song”), set to jazz music by Gerardo Frisina and sung by Norma Winstone (lyrics).
  • And of course, how could I not add Jefferson Airplane’s song “Chasing the White Rabbit“…
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