“It’s why science fiction matters so much to me: I’m trying to dislocate our sense of the normal.”
Tag: Science Fiction
Butler’s work helps us see how time is a spiral, how the present moment is always layered with multiple pasts and underlying alternate futures.
Rather than politically utopian, Butler’s stories teach us about grief, consolation, hope, and—most of all—how to live in struggle.
“She wanted people to be curious and take action in their lives. Not be sheep. To find the ways we can work together in crisis.”
Pandemics, racist violence, climate change, democratic collapse: it’s finally clear that it’s Butler’s world. We’re just living in it.
“I am paralyzed by the infinite degrees of freedom that you start out with, and so constraints can be freeing. To say, I can start here—I'm writing a story about time travel.”
An aerodynamicist and an anthropologist discuss the world of “Dune,” finding it as aesthetically beautiful as it is functionally implausible.
At its core, noir is a feeling: realizing one’s own helplessness, when faced with the vast networks of power that control everyday life.
Climate change didn’t just wreck the planet; it closed off and reshaped the future. Even utopia—if we reach it—will be a mess.
Netflix Brazil’s 3% presents a desperate future city that nevertheless proclaims its citizens all have an equal shot at success. Sound familiar?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
Can thinking like a plant save the world?
Apocalyptic writers would be surprised by the suddenness with which Mexico City, during the pandemic, took on the guise of a ghost town.
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
Both left and right employ “speculative nonfiction” to imagine the world after climate change. But who will win the battle of the futurists?
The most interesting science fiction is not about the future at all but about the present.
Digitizing works of fiction by Black writers catalyzes history, so that it can build new futures.
“One of the reasons it took so long to write is that—as I would joke with my friends—I found myself writing the great Zambian novel.”
One of the roles of science fiction is to provide readers with a glimpse of how ...