science fiction

“Flash Forward” Makes Improbable Futures a Reality

“Flash Forward” host Rose Eveleth takes listeners on a journey through possible—and not-so-possible—futures. 

4 Books to Read for Women’s History Month

From the modern American South, to 19th-century Ghana, to a spaceship en route to Mars, these stories capture compelling visions of the lives of women of color. Read more »

After Wakanda: 5 Black Sci-Fi Writers You Should Know

A short list of great Black authors who can introduce you to Black speculative-fiction. Read more »

We Need More than Just Crumbs: In search of Africa's Afrofuturist narratives

By honoring Black life in all imaginings of our futures, these films present us with a blueprint for worlds in which where Blackness is honored, period. Read more »

Get Out: 9 Black Horror Classics That Will Keep You Up At Night

Get Out isn’t an anomaly. Read more »

“Meanwhile, Elsewhere” Unapologetically Centers Trans People In Sci-Fi

A banal world is in the realm of fantasy for trans people. Read more »

Mantis Deserves Better: “Guardians of the Galaxy” Continues Abuse of Asian Women In Sci-fi

There’s a long history of Asian women being mistreated in science-fiction and adventure films. Read more »

More Than Our Machines: Aesthetics and Prosthetics in Sci-Fi Film

In the future, you can lose all your limbs and remain enfranchised. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

The Only Good Mother is a Dead Mother: Supergirl’s Fear of Mature Women in Power

In Supergirl, the only good mothers—those who are strong, fierce defenders of justice like Supergirl’s biological mother, Alura—are dead mothers. Read more »

Pop Culture Prepared Me: The Trumpocalypse

So glad yet horrified that pop culture prepared me for these terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad, troubled dystopian horror times! Read more »

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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »