Humanity Crash Test: Review of Extreme Fabulations by Steven Shaviro

Humanity Crash Test: Review of Extreme Fabulations: Science Fictions of Life by Steven Shaviro Sébastien Doubinsky Under Review: Extreme Fabulations. By Steven Shavrio. Goldsmiths Press, August 3, 2021. Steven Shaviro is a familiar figure for all those academically interested in speculative and science fiction. An all-around thinker, philosopher, and critic, he has written a number … Continue reading Humanity Crash Test: Review of Extreme Fabulations by Steven Shaviro

Song of a Dying Earth: Review of The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

Song of a Dying Earth: Review of The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler Shinjini Dey Under Review: The Necessity of Stars. By E. Catherine Tobler. Neon Hemlock Press, July 20, 2021. E. Catherine Tobler’s The Necessity of Stars is a short first contact narrative where aliens seek sanctuary on an Earth that is … Continue reading Song of a Dying Earth: Review of The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

Product is Process: Review of Coding Democracy by Maureen Webb

Product is Process: Review of Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism by Maureen Webb C. A. Hines Under Review: Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism. By Maureen Webb. MIT Press, 2020 Maureen Webb’s Coding Democracy: How Hackers are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism casts a wide net, … Continue reading Product is Process: Review of Coding Democracy by Maureen Webb

The SFF Librarian Reviews, July 2021

The SFF Librarian Reviews, July 2021 Jeremy Brett As a voracious reader, and as someone for whom science fiction and fantasy are part of my daily job as a science fiction librarian, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love bringing to the attention of interested readers books and authors … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews, July 2021

Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges

Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture. Edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges . University of Iowa Press, March 15, 2021. William Gibson and the Futures … Continue reading Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges

“Just Use the Keyboard”: Review of The Computer’s Voice: From Star Trek to Siri by Liz W. Faber

"Just Use the Keyboard: Review of The Computer's Voice: From Star Trek to Siri by Liz W. Faber Lisa Meinecke Under Review: The Computer's Voice: From Star Trek to Siri. By Liz W. Faber. University of Minnesota Press, 2020. There is a scene in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (a.k.a. The One With the … Continue reading “Just Use the Keyboard”: Review of The Computer’s Voice: From Star Trek to Siri by Liz W. Faber

The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021

The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021 Jeremy Brett As a voracious reader, and as someone for whom science fiction and fantasy are part of my daily job as a science fiction librarian, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love bringing to the attention of interested readers books and authors … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021

Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design Rachele Dini A young woman takes stock of her living room, whose shabby furnishings have not been updated in decades. To the tune of Gillian Hills’s 1963 hit, “Tut Tut Tut,” she gambols around a department store furniture display labelled with the helpful description, … Continue reading Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: The Witness for the Dead. By Katherine Addison. Tor Books, June 22, 2021. Hopepunk is a genre I’m occasionally skeptical of. Not of its goals, but of its existence as a movement: despite … Continue reading Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall Zachary Gillan Under Review: Star Eater. By Kerstin Hall. Tordotcom, June 22, 2021. Fantasy has a blood problem. I don’t mean gore, although the genre's relationship to violence also bears examining, but genealogy: a disturbingly common emphasis on lineages and bloodlines, … Continue reading Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall