The Pen Is Mightier than the Coop Board’s Borg Queen: A SF/Memoir

Marleen S. Barr | Joyce Carol Oates defines “the bibliomemoir” as “a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate, confessional tone of autobiography… [It] represents a risky appropriation of an exalted subject, and… fearlessly casts the memoirist’s shadow over the text” (Oates 1, 22). With this juxtaposition in mind, I describe my…

That Old Black Magic: Women, Race, and Post-Millennial U.S. Science Fiction Television

Elyce Helford | Though the present and future of post-millennial American science fiction television varies greatly from program to program, all are arguably driven by a melting-pot white ethic that reveals gains for white women and far less for people of color, especially African American women. While programming remains overwhelmingly produced by white men, white…

The End of eating Everything

Wangechi Mutu |  The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents artist Wangechi Mutu’s first animated video, created in collaboration with recording artist Santigold and co-released by MOCAtv on YouTube. The 8-minute video, The End of eating Everything (2013), marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This ‘sick planet’…

Science-Fictional North Korea: A Defective History

Seo-Young Chu | Kafkaesque, Orwellian, eerie, surreal, bizarre, grotesque, alien, wacky, fascinating, dystopian, illusive, theatrical, antic, haunting, apocalyptic: these are just a few of the vaguely science-fictional adjectives that are now associated with North Korea. At the same time, North Korea has become an oddly convenient trope for a certain aesthetic – an uncanny opacity;…

The Intervention

Sue Lange | Five minutes later I stepped off the Chicago to Wyoming line into the stench of Dubuque’s suburbs. Place called Gurwood. I hadn’t had enough time to review the particulars so I inserted the stick into my Slot A and uploaded the info the old-fashioned way: straight to the brain. I perused as…