science fiction

Iconography: Octavia E. Butler and Rewriting the Other

Octavia E. Butler is most likely the best writer I’ve ever encountered. But it’s her incisive, loving explorations of a broken world that will blow your mind wide open. Read more »

Iconography: The Woman No One Saw

I hate to do this, but I'm going to kill a lot of the wonder of James Tiptree, Jr. right from the start. In the late '60s and early '70s, there emerged a man of mystery on the US feminist science fiction scene. He was painfully modest,... Read more »

Snarky's (Classic) Cinemachine: Unpacking Sean Young

Hollywood seems to reserve a special hell for female actors who do not play nice, and the most enduring example–for me anyway–is Sean Young. Young’s... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine Classic: Strange Days

When Kathryn Bigelow nabbed the Best Director Oscar in March for The Hurt Locker, critics such as The Guardian’s Richard Adams wrote perceptive analyses of the film’s erasure of Iraqi voices. However, in addition to Adams’ pointed critiques there was a bit of concern trolling as to the... Read more »

The Spearhead on Sci-Fi: NO GIRLS ALLOWED!

Blogger “Whiskey” has an article up on men’s culture site The Spearhead” today called “The Feminization of Science Fiction (and Fantasy)”. The... Read more »

Goodbye Battlestar Galactica. You'll be frakkin' missed.

Friday nights are going to be odd without Battlestar Galactica. Yes. You read right. I'm a huge fan of the show (in case you couldn't tell by the first sentence of this post). One of the most consistently well-written and acted shows I've ever seen, Battlestar signed off last week in an epic two-... Read more »

Pride and Prejudice Finally Gets the Time Travel, Zombie Apocalypse and Sci-Fi Movie Adaptations It So Richly Deserves

The past two weeks have been chock full of news about upcoming genre-bending film adaptations of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice.  Elizabeth Bennet slaying zombies!  Mr. Darcy doing combat with Predator!  Highbrow time travel!  Yes! More details after the jump...   Read more »

Fraking good news

I've got two weeks to rethink my babyproofing strategy of relegating the TV to the closet, because the new season of Battlestar Galactica starts up on April 4. Even if, like me, you aren't much of a sci-fi fan, BSG is worth watching for its complex storylines, shades-of-gray take on morality, and... Read more »

Shelf Lives: Paging Through Feminism’s Lost & Found Classics

In the 1976 cross-country race film The Gumball Rally, the late, great Raul Julia rips off his rearview mirror and tosses it over his shoulder, saying "What's behind me is not important." 
 He didn't win the race. 
 Maybe that's because what's behind us actually is important. Feminist literature... Read more »

Fan/tastic Voyage: A Journey Into the Wide, Wild World of Slash Fan Fiction

A journey into the origins of slash fanfiction.  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 »