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Fake Flesh: Black Mirror and Ex Machina

Fake Flesh: Black Mirror and Ex Machina

Oct 30, 2015

When human flesh first touches synthetic flesh in the Black Mirror episode “Be Right Back” (2013), the human recoils, but keeps touching all the same: “You’re so smooth—how are you so smooth?” whispers Martha (Hayley Atwell) to the android simulacra of her dead partner, Ash (Domnhall Gleeson). The android body is framed as both supernatural and technological, ...

Superhumanity: Refiguring the Superhero

Superhumanity: Refiguring the Superhero

Nov 1, 2012

Like the urban thoroughfare it’s named after, Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue (2012) contains diverse and highly specific multitudes. It is a...