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Too Close for Comfort: Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale

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This Month on Changing the Map Last year’s announcement that Hulu was remaking Margaret Atwood’s chilling tale of religious fundamentalism and female oppression couldn’t have been more timely. Her imagining of a takeover of the government and its impact on one powerless woman affected readers deeply when it was first published in 1986. Worryingly, elements of Atwood’s fantastical story are…

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My Favorite Things: Mad Scientists, Life Model Decoys, Horror Biographies, Episodic Board Games, and The Legend of Zelda

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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 talking about dimension-hopping mad scientists, the latest installment in the Zelda video game franchise, a biography for one of the…

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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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Changing The Map: Mid-Century Feminist Science Fiction Pioneers

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This month on Changing the Map So if the turn of the twentieth century produced the First Wave of speculative feminist fiction (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rokeya Hossain), and the late 1960’s ushered in the great Second Wave (Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia E. Butler, Margaret Atwood), what was happening in the middle of the century? Who were the speculative feminist writers…

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Resolution Project 2017

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Happy New Year! No matter where you are in the world, and whether you celebrate it or not, the new year is something everyone acknowledges. Whether we’re celebrating into the wee hours of the night, or scoffing at those who are, or quietly spending the evening cozy and asleep, there’s one thing we all consider this time of year: Resolutions.…

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Changing The Map: Feminist Utopias and Why They Matter

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In This Month’s Changing the Map Gentle readers, why are there so many more dystopias than utopias in fantastic fiction? We’ve seen a staggering resurgence of dystopic movies, books, and television shows, all portraying terrifying and depressing futures. Zombies, ecological disasters, oppressive political regimes, alien overlords… and that’s the short list. So what’s up? Do our inner cynics find it easier to…

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My Favorite Things: Pocket Monsters, Delightful Party Members, Netflix Remakes, and Frosty Superpowers

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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 great new video games (both handheld and console), an exciting new episode of The Flash, and a…

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Thanksgiving Special 2016

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When I was a child, my first real memories of Thanksgiving — memories that stood out from the annual family dinners that looked the same every year — was learning about the history of the holiday. In first grade, to be exact: back in my day, we learned that after some amount of conflict when the Pilgrims arrived, a peace…

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My Favorite Things: Horror Television, Collectible Card Games, Celtic Fantasy, and The Man of Steel

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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’s MFT is chock-full of selections of every flavor. Television viewers might want to know about a great new horror series, or…

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