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Ytasha Womack on Afrofuturism and the World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Afrofuturism is where the past and future meet. Read more »

A Future Without Me: Matt Damon is the Great White Hope in "Elysium"

I love a summer blockbuster. I’ll take a dystopic future flick, a classic underdog tale, and all of the explosions you can send my way. When it comes to summer movies, escapism is a major draw; it’s nice to sit back and fully immerse yourself in an alternate reality. But it’s... Read more »

A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi

This is my last post on the Girls of Color in Dystopia guest blog series. I’ve read nearly 40 books just for this series and was disappointed (but, sadly, not surprised) to realize just how many of them have few to... Read more »

Two YA Authors Explore Life After the Bomb

  We all know (or should) about the horrific effects of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Authors Ellen Oh and Julianna Baggott both draw from this sickening point in history to explore even more dystopic aftermaths of post-bomb life.   Read more »

Race & Body Issues in Nalo Hopkinson's "The Chaos"

When I first picked up Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos last summer, I thought, “Finally! A book with a young woman of color as the protagonist!” Of course... Read more »

Star Trek Into Feminism: Three Ways the Sci-Fi Series Needs to Change

Star Trek has a reputation. For almost fifty years, the disempowered and the marginalized and the outcasts have held up Star Trek as a show that said, “This is what we can aspire to: a humanity that has evolved beyond inequality and oppression”. The show presents a vision of Earth that has moved... Read more »

The Race of Khan: Whitewashing in the New Star Trek Film

Star Trek: Into Darkness came out this weekend, and like any good Trekkie, I was eager to see the film. And although I came away from doing so feeling satisfied, there was one thing that stuck in my craw.   Read more »

Send in the Clones: Two YA Novels' Treatment of Race, Gender, and Cloning

People of color are often seen as the exceptions in predominantly white societies’ mass media, like US literature. Let’s look at race and gender in two dystopic young adult scenarios in which the exceptional group is not people of color, but clones they’ve created. Read more »

YA Book "What's Left of Me" is a Dystopian Take on Nationalist Fervor

“If you see something, say something” has been the slogan for buses, trains, and airports since 9/11. It’s been used to justify increased surveillance and targeting of Muslims and people from the Middle East. After the Boston bombing, we’ve seen it used to ... 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 »