science fiction

Watch Janet Mock and "Sense 8" Star Jamie Clayton Talk Gender and Sci-Fi

In Sense 8, Jamie Clayton and Freema Agyeman play a couple named Nomi and Amanita. New Netflix show Sense 8 is a thriller about eight strangers whose lives become intertwined. Read more »

Kelly Link Discusses the Feminist Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

A reluctant vampire queen. A randy captive princess. A wolf child who finds her only friend in the mirror. You’ll find these characters and more between the unassuming French folds of the newly released edition of Angela Carter’s classic 1979 short story collection ... Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

What Happens When a Teen Girl Leads a Post-Apocalyptic Society?

In The 100, highly competent teen Clarke (Eliza Taylor) carries the weight of her friends’ lives. Typical post-apocalyptic television narratives are not a place for justice. Shows like The Walking Dead, Dominion, and Falling Skies focus... Read more »

(Re)Writing the Future: Social Justice and Science Fiction

Roughly 100 people packed into the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland on December 5th, excited to spend their Friday night talking about science fiction. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Feminism and Science Fiction

We boldly explore the connections between social justice and sci-fi: In fictional worlds where anything is possible, it’s easier to reflect on what’s screwed up about our own society.   More information... Read more »

The Two Halves of "Under the Skin"

I first learned about Under the Skin through my inbox. I got a press release about the eerie, ethereal soundtrack by Mica Levi. Read more »

Sci-Fi YA Series Tankborn Imagines Caste, Class, and Skin Color in Dystopia

This month, the final book in Karen Sandler’s dystopian young adult sci-fi series Tankborn hits the shelves. I profiled the series last year on Bitch as part of a series on portrayals of ... Read more »

"Orphan Black" is the Sci-Fi Thriller I've Been Waiting For.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the most popular sci-fi on television didn’t involve a ton of misogyny? And had real, complex female characters? I’m looking at you, ... Read more »

In "Under the Skin," Scarlett Johansson Subverts Her Vivacious Reputation

In most tales of alien infiltration, the extraterrestrial life force arrives heavily armed: death rays, mysterious pods, killer black ooze, and the like. In unsetting and surreal sci-fi film Under the Skin, Scarlett... 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 »