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Science Fiction & Fantasy







May 2018 ISSUE

Spies, Radios, and the Afterlife: A Conversation with Hannu Rajaniemi

The afterlife has long been a source of fascination for storytellers. Ancient myths describe golden fields or a place in the clouds. But what if the afterlife and technology are closely linked? Hannu Rajaniemi explores an afterlife that allows for communication via radio waves in his new novel.
In Summerland, it’s the 1930’s. The east and [...]

April 2018 ISSUE

Quarks, Colonialism, and Alternate Realities: A Conversation with Vandana Singh

Reading widely, strangely, and diversely rapidly pushes out the boundaries of what you thought possible within the confines of your own imagination. The more you read, the more your conscious and subconscious mind laps up new imagery and ideas. Frequently, your new favorite author is the one that has shown you whole new worlds.
From eleventh [...]

March 2018 ISSUE

Poetry, Philosophy, and Welsh: A Conversation with Jo Walton

Words are a kind of music. Writers who listen know this better than most. The crescendo of action gets punctuated by silence making both all the more palpable. The proper combination of words swirl through a reader’s mind forming characters and stories as varied as the depths of the imagination. A poet knows the musical [...]

February 2018 ISSUE

Classics, Companionship, and a Creature: A Conversation with John Kessel

Classics are classics for a reason. Whether they’re the first of their kind or they redefine a genre, they’ve earned their place in the common consciousness as paragons of literature. They’ve been dissected, analyzed, and pored over for years by curious minds itching to find something undiscovered within their texts. But it’s rare to find [...]

January 2018 ISSUE

Clever Plants, Generations, and Translations: A Conversation with Sue Burke

It’s inevitable that we’ll take to the stars to spread humanity beyond the confines of our blue and green orb. With new discoveries every month, planets not unlike our own are becoming more common. Unable to look closer, we can only speculate as to what we’ll encounter when we finally send a ship deep into [...]

December 2017 ISSUE

Bradbury, Lake, and The Named Lands: A Conversation with Ken Scholes

Worlds encompassed in books often extend past the pages. Rivers and mountain ranges spill over the margins slipping through gaps in fingers as they make their way through a reader’s mind. Worlds built over the course of a book series breathe and expand with the lives and machinations of characters and civilizations. Even when series [...]

November 2017 ISSUE

Husky Genes and the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Paul McAuley

The only constant in life is change. For better or worse, everything is in flux. The more technologically advanced humans become, the more power we have to change the planet on a global scale. We’re already using science and technology to change ourselves.
Austral by Paul McAuley shows us a world [...]

October 2017 ISSUE

Automatons, Wyrms, and Dead Men: A Conversation with Elizabeth Bear

Shrugging off the shackles of the familiar and stepping into a brand-new world, the fantasy genre pulls you deep into elsewhere. Anything is possible—a metal creature can have a message, a dead man can talk, and ice-wyrms can rule the mountains.
Elizabeth Bear’s new novel A Stone in the Skull, kicks off a new series set [...]

September 2017 ISSUE

Occult Agencies and Political Satire: A Conversation with Charles Stross

Novels can be clever or profound. They can be funny or horrifying. But rarely are they ever profoundly funny and yet stray into the kind of stuff reserved for nightmares. When a story gets just the right mix of lurking monsters, mathematical magic, and an unreliable character exhausted by paperwork, you may find yourself in [...]

August 2017 ISSUE

Pirate Pharmaceuticals, Robots, and Kaiju: A Conversation with Annalee Newitz

Ownership is becoming a bit murkier. As tech advances and delivery systems become more convenient, we slide more and more into the rental economy with large companies retaining power and control. Instead of movie tickets and record shelves, we have monthly fees for Netflix and Spotify. Some companies have even patented genetic strains of farm [...]