The Ancillary Review of Books publishes reviews and essays with an emphasis on utopian impulses and systemic injustices. ARB seeks to build a community of radical thinkers writing about amazing, speculative, global writing. If you are interested in writing for ARB, please pitch us using the form below! Some works coming out this September that we’re interested in covering:
- No Gods, No Monsters. Cadwell Turnbull.
Perhaps the Stars. Ada Palmer.
- The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. Zoraida Córdova.
- The Body Scout. Lincoln Michel.
Under the Whispering Door. TJ Klune.
- Light from Uncommon Stars. Ryka Aoki.
Summer Sons. Lee Mandelo. Grievers. adrienne maree brown. The Annual Migration of Clouds. Preemie Mohamed. The Orphan Witch. Paige Crutcher. The Best Peace Fiction: A Social Jus tice Anthology. Ed. by Robert Olen Butler and Phong Nguyen.
- Nazaré. JJ Amaworo Wilson.
- Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology. Ed. by Alex Hernandez, Sarah Rafael García, and Matthew David Goodwin.
The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories. Nina Allan. You Sexy Thing. Cat Rambo.
- AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future. Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan.
- Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells and the Twentieth Century. Sarah Cole.
Of Solids and Surds. Samuel R. Delany. Spacecraft. Timothy Morton.
- The Dreamer and the Dream: Afrofuturism and Black Religious Thought. Roger A. Sneed.
- Reverse Colonization: Science Fiction, Imperial Fantasy, and Alt-victimhood. David M. Higgins.
- Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid. Alyssa Favreau.
Other Review and Essay Options:
- We’d love to feature an essay on issues of race & racism, and/or the handling of Black (public) history in the MCU’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- With the re-release of Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach, ARB would be interested in a re-visiting review of this classic work of ecological utopia.
- With the release of the collected Tensorate novellas by Neon Yang, ARB would be interested in a review or essay revisiting the series.
Perhaps the Stars marks the final entry in Ada Palmer’s Terra Incognita tetralogy; ARB would be interested in reviews or essays about any aspect of the series.
- ARB is always broadly interested in pitches for essays about genre fiction, world literature, literature and media from below, cultural studies, and writing about systemic injustices and utopian impulses.
- If you’re interested in reviewing anything not on this list, please send us a pitch—we’re interested in a broad range of topics. For works published more than 5 years ago, we are interested in “retrospective reviews” that focus on why this text is worth revisiting.
- We are accepting pitches for review and essay series, such as re-reads of an author.
- We welcome pitches for “Ancillary Guides” that introduce readers to an idea by way of a list of 5-10 books that are must-reads on a critical conversation, with brief commentary.
If you are interested in reviewing or essaying for ARB, please fill out the form below: let us know what you’d like to write about, and why you might be suited for it. While we welcome new writers, please point us towards any of your reviews or other writing if possible (personal blogs or Goodreads are fine). If there are multiple books for review that catch your eye, please list them in the order you’re interested in reviewing them.