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Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Mar 15, 2017

What do we mean by this odd subject, Speculative Fiction? If we’re dealing with extrapolative fictions, expressly concerned with imagining alternate futures, presents and pasts, when does now begin and end?... 

The Altermundos of Latin@futurism

The Altermundos of Latin@futurism

Mar 15, 2017

Latin@futurism has yet to register within the hegemonic popular imagination—one historically drenched in whiteness and heteropatriarchy. At best, it is recognized as a quaint...

Jordan Krall’s Speculative Fiction

Jordan Krall’s Speculative Fiction

Mar 15, 2017

Speculative fiction is a paradox. Synonymous with science fiction and “genre literature,” it is also one of the most ancient modes of storytelling in literary history. One could easily identify Plato’s Atlantis...

Martin MacInnes and Celtic SF

Martin MacInnes and Celtic SF

Mar 15, 2017

Martin MacInnes’ debut novel Infinite Ground (2016) is structured around a disarmingly simple premise. At the height of a heatwave in a South American country, a 29-year-old man named Carlos is having...

Speculative Resistance in Lost Girls

Speculative Resistance in Lost Girls

Mar 15, 2017

This article will suggest that Alan Moore’s perspective can usefully be considered as part of an underground aesthetic which declares the necessity of solidarity of experience with all other groups...

Pod People: Brave New Worlds of Digital Audio Drama

Pod People: Brave New Worlds of Digital Audio Drama

Oct 30, 2016

For the last several months I have been lucky enough to have been on writing sabbatical from my university. As such, I have often found myself around and about my hometown during the day. I feel like I am a strange figure, writing in coffee shops, making enemies of baristas, running errands, and looking, to all but the most enlightened of observers, decadently unemployed. In an effort to stave off the effects of my increasingly sedentary life...

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Oct 30, 2016

To read a Tom McCarthy novel is to find oneself weirdly and wildly awash in grids within grids, maps within maps, of infrastructural objects and systems. Protagonists and minor characters alike obsess over these objects and systems of infrastructure—over their grandeur, their minutiae, their flows and flaws, slows and jams, their symbolic ideological concretizations, their masterful and/or absurd designs, their volumes of strata.

Bollywood Adaptations of Agatha Christie

Bollywood Adaptations of Agatha Christie

Oct 30, 2016

As the centrepiece of their Christmas 2015 schedule, BBC One screened an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Scripted by Sarah Phelps and featuring a star-studded cast including Aiden Turner, Charles Dance, and Sam Neill, the adaptation was criticised in advance for deviating from its source material by “featuring drug abuse, gruesome violence and swearing” (Hastings 2015: n. pag.). After it was shown...