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2 Apr 2020
We could see the characters in this novel as faceless and passive victims, or as cynical villains exploiting others in the kind of comforting, simplistic narrative familiar to us from contemporary media channels. But Charnock’s first-person storytelling encourages us to view them as complex individuals with agency of their own.
30 Mar 2020
If scientists are forced to grapple with context, with ethics and consequence, it can only make their jobs harder.
25 Mar 2020
Air Logic asks questions about how one might build a future in full knowledge of the wrongs of the past.
23 Mar 2020
It is a profound action to feel with someone, in addition to feeling beside someone.
20 Mar 2020
We all know how a binary-gendered environment reinforces binary genders. What, therefore, is the effect of spending an hour or two in a “playful and kaleidoscopic” fluidly gendered environment?
18 Mar 2020
Poetry, perhaps more than any other form of literature, is anchored in experience, sensation, and metaphor. And this is truly difficult—is really pushed to its limit—in science fiction poetry.
16 Mar 2020
Hill’s apocalypse is low-key, small-scale, personal.
13 Mar 2020
Anyuru uses the fluidity of time less as a device and more as a mutable "landscape" of elided possibilities, a dreamworld that is sometimes nightmarish and sometimes frighteningly real.
11 Mar 2020
Cho places colonialism at the centre of British society, rather than conveniently magicked away elsewhere, as it is typically portrayed.
9 Mar 2020
In real life, memory isn’t perfect; in Ogawa’s novel, neither is forgetting.
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