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Gender, Xenophobia, and Prescient Politics in The Left Hand of Darkness

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This Month On Changing the Map It’s not often that you pick up a nearly fifty-year-old novel only to find that it mirrors your current political climate with uncanny precision. It’s a bit like hearing a sermon at the precise moment you need it. You’re grateful for the enlightenment, but vaguely unsettled that the good lord or the universe knew…

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Roundtable: Favorite Love Stories

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Ah, love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you don’t need to be in a relationship, nor do you need to read romance, to really appreciate a good love story. They’re everywhere, especially in speculative fiction. From Han and Leia’s “I love you”/”I know” in Star Wars to Westley’s “As you wish” to Buttercup…

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My Favorite Things: Treasure Hunters, Dragon Companions, Ghost Stories, and Timely Dystopias

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about a successful remake of a childhood favorite, a touching urban ghost story, a timely dystopian novel, and…

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The Expanse is the Best Sci Fi on TV, and Here are 5 Reasons You Need to Be Watching

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Imagine Earth, retaining walls surrounding the Statue of Liberty to fend off rising sea levels from effects global warming. The United Nations government is desperate for more resources to sustain a population so swollen you have to prove yourself worthy of more than Basic, the guaranteed subsidy that meets humanity’s baseline needs. Then you have independent Mars, boasting a small…

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My Favorite Things: Epic Space Opera, Quirky Humor, and Time Travel TV

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’ve got some great book and TV-related recommendations, including a space opera series with an epic scope, a humorous speculative…

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Roundtable: My First Fandom

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Welcome to the Speculative Chic Roundtable! You’re used to hearing us gather and share our thoughts on movies and our favorite things, but we thought it might be fun to chat about other topics that relate to speculative fiction as well. To kick off this new column, I asked: What was your very first speculative fiction fandom and how did…

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Psychic Romances and Passive Protagonists: A Review of Connie Willis’s Crosstalk

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Crosstalk (2016) Written by: Connie Willis Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 498 (Hardback) Publisher: Del Ray Why I Chose It: A few years ago, I read a handful of really great books by Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, and Bellwether. With the release of her latest book, Crosstalk, I figured that it was the perfect time to…

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