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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Laura Theis’s “family talk”, as read by Caz Finnegan.


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Laura Theis grew up in a place in Germany where each street bears the name of a mythical creature. Her short stories, songs, radio plays, and poetry have been broadcast and published in the UK, Germany, and the U.S. Her new work appears in The London Reader, Manawaker Studio's Flash Fiction Podcast, About Place Journal, Rise Up Review, Enchanted Conversations, Briars Lit and in print anthologies from Live Canon, Curtis Bausse, Allitera, and Three Drops Press. Laura has gained a Distinction in the Mst Creative Writing at Oxford University (Keble College) and an MA in Theatre Studies, German and American Literature, from LMU Munich.

She is the recipient of the 2017 AM Heath Prize and the 2018 Short Story Prize by Curtis Bausse, and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Yeovil Prize for Poetry, the 2018 Live Canon International Poetry Award, and the 2018 Frome Festival Short Story Competition.

Visit her website, lauratheis.weebly.com, or listen to her sing about monsters, mermaids and powerful women on badasssnowwhite.bandcamp.com

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26 Sep 2022

Would a Teixcalaanli aristocrat look up at the sky, think of Lsel Station, and wonder—with Auden—"what doubtful act allows/ Our freedom in this English house/ our picnics in the sun"?
I propose that The Expanse and its ilk present us with a similar sentiment, in reverse—a warning that for all the promise of futurism and technological advancement, plenty of new, and perhaps much worse futures are right before us. In the course of outrunning la vieux monde, we may find that we are awaited not simply by new worlds to win, but also many more which may yet be lost.
where oil slurped up out of the dirt, they drink the coffee
Science fiction is a genre that continues to struggle with its own colonialist history, of which many of its portrayals of extractivism are a part. Science fiction is also a genre that has a history of being socially progressive and conscious – these are both truths.
Bring my stones, my bones, back to me
If we are to accept that the extractive unconscious is latent, is everywhere, part of everything, but unseen and unspoken, and killing us in our waking lives, then science fiction constitutes its dreams.
they are quoting Darwish at the picket & i am finally breathing again
Waste is profoundly shaping and changing our society and our way of living. Our daily mundane world always treats waste as a hidden structure, together with its whole ecosystem, and places it beyond our sight, to maintain the glories of contemporary life. But unfortunately, some are advantaged by this, while others suffer.
Like this woman, I am carrying the world on my back.
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