Short Story Pick: “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander

“I was playing at being mortal this century because I love cigarettes and shawarma, and it’s easier to order shawarma if your piercing shriek doesn’t drive the delivery boy mad.” This flash fiction by Brooke Bolander is an exciting and quick read, with unapologetic frankness. Originally published in Uncanny Magazine, it has been nominated for … More Short Story Pick: “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander

Short Story Pick: This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year

As someone who works in the news business and loves science-fiction, it delights me when I see the two brought together. This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering, follows a journalist who is captured in the field, while covering a story on an unidentified spaceship. She also struggles with her relationship. … More Short Story Pick: This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year

Environment in Science-Fiction: A look at The Windup Girl, Dune, and Interstellar

Environment has long been a popular topic in science-fiction. Setting is a huge part of SF, so it’s no surprise that the environment and different kinds of environment recurs as a topic. In the past year, I read Dune and The Windup Girl and, of course, Interstellar arrived on the big screen. In all three stories environment … More Environment in Science-Fiction: A look at The Windup Girl, Dune, and Interstellar

Recurring Characteristics in Dystopian Universes

Gray skied, desperate worlds have filled movie screens and literature more and more over the past few years. At this point when I think about these dystopian, bordering on apocalyptic, settings, I have a pretty distinct idea of what they look like. The details and aesthetics of these stories seem to repeat themselves. Here’s a glance … More Recurring Characteristics in Dystopian Universes