Can humans learn to listen to the outsiders, the marginalized communities, the downtrodden? This sci-fi author thinks it may be our planet’s best hope.
The trans scholar and author knows a novel can't fix the world's sociopolitical woes. But that doesn't mean he can't try.
"The Door at the Crossroads" may not be perfect, but it deserves to exist in the world. It can serve as a mirror for so many Black teens who never get to see themselves in the pages of a fantasy novel. My hope is that my act of Black feminist resistance will inspire a new generation of writers
Seriously, we're the worst. And Margaret Atwood is on to us.
Ship of Souls combines urban fantasy with African American history; set in Prospect Park, the story features three unlikely friends who are pursued by ghosts from the Revolutionary War as they attempt to release the restless souls from the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan.
The debate over whether SF is literature or genre fiction is ultimately far less important than the fact that such novels and movies have long challenged us to rethink not only what is possible, but also what is desirable about our collective future -- with or without sunglasses.
Atwood is socially conscious without being preachy. This is certainly the case in three dystopian novels that say a lot about things like women's rights and the despoiling of the environment but do that via the books' interesting characters and plots.