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Science Fiction & Fantasy







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 [...]

July 2017 ISSUE

Dystopian Murder Mysteries and a Vampire Historian: A Conversation with Carrie Vaughn

After a calamity, when the society we know has fallen, what community springs up from the ashes may be something familiar and will hopefully learn from past mistakes. But it will also have its own unique struggles to face. How do you feed a growing population outpacing available resources? What can be salvaged from technology [...]

June 2017 ISSUE

Astounding Scientists and Alternate History: A Conversation with Gregory Benford

The effects of World War II echo through today. The scientific advances conceived on both sides during and in the wake of the last World War shaped the world. The Manhattan Project ushered in the atomic age and NASA sent astronauts to the moon utilizing V2 technology. But, as it is with many things, a [...]

May 2017 ISSUE

Fallen Angels and Water Dragons: A Conversation with Aliette de Bodard

When the apocalypse inevitably happens and the end times come, what will be left? Will nature retake the cities? Will there be mutants roaming the subways? Will humans turn on each other? We’ve all seen the familiar trappings of what happens after the end of days. But one author has imagined something a little different, [...]

April 2017 ISSUE

Enlightenment Voices and Norse A Cappella: A Conversation with Ada Palmer

History and the future are inexorably intertwined. It’s impossible to predict what will happen without first considering what has come before. Empires, dynasties, religions, and philosophical movements ebb and flow, pushing forward towards the horizon. This is why some of the best science fiction has one foot rooted deeply in history.
In Too Like the Lightning [...]

March 2017 ISSUE

Howling at the Lunar Landscape: A Conversation with Ian McDonald

That luminous sphere hanging over us in the night sky has long been the source of fascination, conspiracy, dreams, and adventure. Stories have been spun on moonbeams and grounded in moon rocks. It sits in the sky as a reminder of both our history and the future. Countless authors have looked up to see bases, [...]

February 2017 ISSUE

Organic Tech and Healing Clay: A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor

Finding yourself within a story is a rite of passage for any reader. There’s that magical moment when you find the analog to a piece of your own soul within the pages of a book. You find yourself with an expanding sense of empathy for characters whose feelings, memories, and experiences are familiar to your [...]