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27 Nov 2017
I can’t think of a more fertile environment to ground the questions of our future in, and to ‘experiment’ with alternatives.
30 Oct 2017
These novels narrate the sense of an ending while resisting closure; they are not warnings about the future, but rather a narration of the present, offering a critique but stopping short of envisioning an alternative.
23 Oct 2017
The 'Blade Runner' story in its various iterations has always been so much more than Screenwriter 101 tricks to generate sympathy. Going right back to 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', the story is about—or in fact, the story entirely is—empathy.
28 Aug 2017
Writers Laurie Penny, Leigh Alexander, RJ Barker and Mazin Saleem got together with articles editor Eli Lee for a roundtable on emotional labour, and how it's explored in SFF.
23 Aug 2017
Nisi Shawl's letter comes from Australian publisher and champion of under-represented voices in fiction, Twelfth Planet Press, and is published in their upcoming collection of essays and letters dedicated to SFF pioneer Octavia Butler, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler.
31 Jul 2017
For some, it is enough to replicate problematic characterisation of the past with a simple romantic gloss – a key example of this would be Meyer’s Twilight series, in which the werewolves remain troublesome and animalistic natives, with the white invaders recast as suave and attractive vampires. For others, the female werewolf comes to represent an opportunity for reclaiming power; she is the ‘underdog’ who can fight against patriarchal/colonial power, a super-powered rebel who can overturn the hegemony (male werewolves are also cast in this light in some contemporary fiction and film).
31 Jul 2017
The crux of cultural appropriation is about power and the ability to represent one's own community in a space where one's own community is misrepresented and is actively oppressed as a result of that misrepresentation.
24 Jul 2017
Articles editor Joyce Chng sat down with Australian speculative fiction writers and editors to discuss the state of SFF down under.
17 Jul 2017
I want the audience to feel almost both the feeling of not wanting to look at the image, but somehow not being able to look away.
22 May 2017
"If change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial, doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it?"
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