How to Navigate Our Universe is a collection of speculative poetry by Mary Soon Lee which plays with the notion that planets might have personalities, moons might have jealousies, and the universe itself might be understood by examining its neighborhoods. All of its poems seek to bring the vast unknowability of the universe down to size by anthropomorphizing, describing, and categorizing it in ways that humans might be able to comprehend.
The collection is divided into five sections that gradually work their way outwards from the home of earth, then the solar system, and moving toward the outer reaches of the universe.
In his latest fiction, Doctorow seems to be trying to find an answer to a very contemporary problem: what do you do with people who are hell-bent on messing up every good thing that you and your community might have achieved? How do you coexist with people who do not share your sense of reality, of the purpose of a society, of what a good life entails? Can you even share space with them in the first place? Should you try to?
The Lost Cause is presented as a novel, but it reads more like a thought experiment, a prescient warning, and a meditation on media polarization, all rolled up into one nifty package.
Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. For more information, see our about page. All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission.