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13 Nov 2019
Race, it turns out, does matter in time travel; it is just one of those things that is difficult to see until it is shown, but then, can never be unseen.
11 Nov 2019
There is nothing quite like the special brand of exasperation produced by a book that captivates in the first third, aggravates in the second and alternately bores and confuses during the finale.
1 Nov 2019
In this novel, mathematics and technology can allow anything to happen … and that includes calling upon creatures from beyond the Universe.
30 Oct 2019
As an act of imagination, it is essentially to ask: what if racist thought was correct, and the world really did work like that?
29 Oct 2019
Orcs are a species—more commonly labeled a “race”—of wicked, dangerous humanoids found en masse in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth as well as most of analog and electronic gaming. But Tolkien derived their ugly appearance and savage temperament, like almost all orcish traits common across different media, from a long and painful history.
28 Oct 2019
The focus has changed, and subsequently the film is firmly set around the grief that comes from dislocation, not that which comes from the determined practice of destruction.
25 Oct 2019
The Test leaves you with a fear for the future—and a feeling of being emotionally drained.
23 Oct 2019
An interest in language and who gets to speak is paramount for Choi, whose poetic career started in spoken word.
21 Oct 2019
It is common in the overwhelmingly white genre of speculative fiction for race to be an allegory. In Dread Nation, there is no need for race to be an allegory; it’s simply the historical reality of the genre.
18 Oct 2019
Steeped in the history of the Jewish Diaspora, Barbara Krasnoff’s mosaic novel The History of Soul 2065 charts fifteen decades (1914-2065) of life for two families whose individual members have no idea just how connected they are, nor just how much subtle magic influences the small and large decisions of their lives. The twenty interlinked stories in this collection, five of which are appearing for the first time, center strong women. In story after story, the author reminds us that while we are all the main characters in our own stories, we are also characters in the stories of others, and that we are always influenced by those who have gone before just as we will influence those who will come after.
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