Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia by Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race by Mary-Jane Rubenstein Jeremy Brett Under Review:Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race. Mary-Jane Rubenstein. University of Chicago Press, November 2022. Few books of late have given me such pause as Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s thoughtful Astrotopia. Like many, I … Continue reading Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia by Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo Alexander Pyles Under Review:The Sleepless, Victor Manibo. Erewhon, August 2022. Science fiction is never about the future, in the same way history is rarely about the past: they're both parable formats for examining or commenting on the present. A. A. Gill This sentiment of … Continue reading Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller

The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism by Adrienne Buller Chad A. Hines Under Review:The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism. Adrienne Buller. Manchester University Press, October 4 2022. If you were trapped in a burning building, you wouldn’t … Continue reading The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller

Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things

Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things Jeremy Brett Under Review:Invisible Things, Mat Johnson. One World, June 2022. One recurring lesson in science fiction is the realization—in all its sadness and its joy—that we take into outer space everything that makes us who and what we are, everything that makes us human. Space … Continue reading Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things

States of Consciousness: A Review of Ideal Minds by Michael Trask

States of Consciousness: review of Ideal Minds: Raising Consciousness in the Antisocial  Seventies by Michael Trask Garrett Bridger Gilmore Under Review:Ideal Minds: Raising Consciousness in the Antisocial Seventies. Michael Trask. Cornell University Press, 2020. The opening paragraph of Michael Trask’s Ideal Minds promises the “large revisionist argument” that “the late twentieth century ushered in not … Continue reading States of Consciousness: A Review of Ideal Minds by Michael Trask

Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divya

Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divya Shinjini Dey Under Review: Machinehood. By S.B. Divya. Gallery/Saga Press, 2021. S.B. Divya’s Machinehood opens with a jibe about the moniker “smart”, quickly moving to the streets of Chennai and to our protagonist, Welga—an culinary aesthete, an atheist, and a prominent cis woman with an implanted artificial … Continue reading Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divya

America’s Broken Dreams: Review of Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work is Killing the American Dream by Jamie K. McCallum

America’s Broken Dreams: Review of Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work is Killing the American Dream by Jamie K. McCallum Joseph Hurtgen Under Review: Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work is Killing the American Dream. Jamie K. McCallum. Basic Books, 2020. “The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest member.” - Gandhi“Ours steals their money.” – Jamie McCallum The … Continue reading America’s Broken Dreams: Review of Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work is Killing the American Dream by Jamie K. McCallum

ARB Recommends: From the Duke University Press Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends is a regular column of ARB that covers seasonal catalogs from indie, trade, and academic publishers, highlighting the kinds of books our editors, contributors, and readers want to read. As a publication devoted to radical critical engagement with the world—and devoted to reviewing books and media that do this—it only makes sense for … Continue reading ARB Recommends: From the Duke University Press Fall 2020 Catalog